30 April 2011

Take the Autobahn to Heidelberg

On the Saturday of my trip, Jeric, Rosie, and I headed out on the autobahn to Heidelberg Castle. The ruins of the Heidelberg Castle are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps; the castle was first constructed sometime before 1214. Two different lightning strikes a few centuries apart have damaged the castle and only parts have been reconstructed. The castle sits perched up in a hill that looks over the town of Heidelberg and has been a popular tourist attraction for Americans since Mark Twain wrote about it in his book A Tramp Abroad.  There is tons of shopping in the town and plenty of little cafés, restaurants, and kebab houses. The weather was gorgeous for most of the afternoon, though it lightly rained for a quick minute while we were enjoying our lunch. Between the three of us, we took a ton of photos... this was a trend throughout the entire trip! Enjoy!

The Powder Turret was destroyed by a pre-1880 explosion. 
Pucker up! 

It was a steep hike up to the castle. I can't imagine how they built this.... 
Huge wine barrel! 

Reunited and it feels so good!  

I don't know how I ate this whole thing... 

What a wonderful day trip. But really, who doesn't love castles and good company?

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