Fun Fact: Heidelberg is home to Europe's oldest university! It was founded in 1386. Karl Drais, the man who invented the bicycle in 1817, was a student there. The University is known for academic excellence but despite this excellence, it was among the first to expel all of it's Jewish professors and students when the Nazi's arose to power. (wikipedia.org)
The old stone bridge was erected from 1786 to 1788. There is a medieval bridge gate on the Old Town side of the bridge that is part of what was the original wall around the city.
See the castle in the background?
At Vetter, one of the delicious restaurants at which we ate - we sat outside at the little cafe tables along the cobblestone street.
Outside a small cafe/ice cream shop
Kathe Wohlfahrt shop window
The beginnings of the Heidelberg castle fortress started in 1398. In the 16th and 17th centuries, palace building were added to the fortress, making it a castle. The castle and it's large garden were struck many times during the 30 years war and the Palatine War, but oddly enough were not struck during WWII. Lightening struck the castle in 1764 and in the late 1700s, the castle was used as a quarry, taking pieces of stone to build other buildings in Heidelberg! In 1800, Count Charles de Graimberg stopped this practice and tried to preserve as much of the castle as possible.
View from the castle grounds into Heidelberg
This arch was part of the original wall around the castle within the castle grounds.
Inside the courtyard
One of the highlights for Luke, the fountain!
We dug out almost every penny and nickel we had (American and Euro) for Luke to throw into the fountain.
This wine barrel was made in 1781 and it can hold 58,100 gallons! Supposedly, 130 oak trees were used in constructing it. There are 4 large wine barrels in the castle cellars, this one is the largest, and that is Brian at the top!
One of the beautiful flower stands - look at all those tulips!
Brian's humor. LOL. It literally translates to "drive lane" but you can do the 3rd grade American humor translation. :)
See? Enjoying a snack in the stroller. Hannah is in her wrap on me.
Look at my big kid! He was in charge of his own suitcase and he thought it was the best! And the sign behind him? Ausfahrt - it means exit or literally, "out drive".