Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to share my visit to Heidelberg, a city in southwestern Germany. Amazing view from the castle, Neckar River, philosophers’ way, street with full of energy, it’s definitely worth to visit especially in fall. You can enjoy autumn colors these days.
I took a train at Paris East Station to Karlsruhe (German city) where one of my friends lives. One of the reasons I decided to visit Heidelberg is to visit her. It took about two and half hour. You can book a ticket via SNCF (which is French national railway system) or DB (german railway system). I recommend you double check the sites before you purchase the ticket because when I bought the ticket for the same train, DB had cheaper tickets. I guess since the train leaves from Paris, more people buy the ticket in SNCF rather than DB. Thus, the cheapest tickets in SNCF were sold faster than DB site. For the same ticket, I could save 15 euros. When I arrived at the station, my friend came to the station to pick me up and we went to Heidelberg by car and it took about one hour.
Heidelberg is very small, so a day will be enough to look around. Most tourists visit here for morning or afternoon and then leave to a bigger city to stay, but it is one of the most beautiful and classic german cities I’ve ever visited.
Heidelberg is known for its university and the castle. Here, we can find the oldest German University <Heidelberg University> , which is one of the reputable unis in Europe. Many scholars studied and researched here such as Friedrich Hegel, Max Weber, and Erich Fromm. Still many researchers in the world come to this city to do their research.
Heidelberg Castle is located on the hill, so you can enjoy the view of the city. The hill is not stiff, but most roads are full of pebbles. Thus, it is recommendable to wear comfortable shoes to go to the castle. The castle is one of the grandest palaces of the Renaissance. I was overwhelmed to see this giant brown powerful masterpiece. It’s absolutely stunning and different from that of France or Italy. The façade is very unique even compared to other parts of the Germany and impressive. You can see the amazing view of the town from the courtyard (above), and philosophers’ way across the river. The ticket costs € 8, and € 4 for students.It’s a must-see place! The ticket also includes the entrance of the German Museum of Pharmacy inside the castle.
Coming down from the castle, I explored the city. Wandering around the downtown, I saw the Church of the Holy Spirit. It’s a massive church with unique architect style.
The city is vivid thanks to international tourists. But if you walk a bit away from the center, you can also enjoy a very quiet peaceful town.
I had a coffee break at Cafe Schafheutle. The black forest cake was really good and the atmosphere of the cafe is very cozy. Due to the many customers, the service was a bit slow though. The price was also reasonable a filter coffee cost less than € 3, and other coffees were usually less than € 5. The price of the cakes depends on the menu, but most of them were less than € 5. So, €7~10 would be enough budget for one person.
The pinky sky at the Sunset was unbelievable. The surreal sky and its reflection on the river made me feel if I were in heaven. It was very sweet like the black forest cake I had in the afternoon.
Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon. 🙂
Address : Schlosshof 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Address : Hauptstraße 94, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany