Heidelberg: The Most Romantic City in Germany
Home Sweet Home
I have always loved my hometown. Since I haven’t lived there in a couple of years it is always special for me to be there and this time for Easter, as corny as this may sound I fell in love with my hometown all over again.
So, as a love letter to my hometown I would like to tell you a little bit about. When you are traveling to Germany, don’t merely rely on apartments in Berlin or Munich thinking you saw everything there is to see! Discover what some people call the most romantic city in Germany.
Although it is a rather small city, Heidelberg has a lot to show for: An internationally renowned university, a picturesque Altstadt (old town) at the banks of the Neckar River, a beautiful castle overlooking the city and Europe’s longest car free zone.
3 Things Not to be Missed
Here are three things that I did and saw during my last visit which are highly recommended:
1. The district Neuenheim is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. From the city center it is across the river Neckar. When it’s warm outside you will find many people enjoying the sun right by the river at the Neckarwiese. It’s a great meeting point. If it gets a little too warm and you need refreshment get ice-cream at Eiscafé Capri (Brückenstraße 19). There is always a line, but usually it moves a long quickly and this is just a sign of how good the ice-cream is.
2. A true Heidelberg institution is the Heidelberger Zuckerladen (Plöck 52) which is a one-of-a-kind candy store. You are definitely in for a treat and I am not just talking about the sweets. Apart from sweets in jars which the owners personally hand-pick out for you according to your liking, you can order special arrangements. Before you leave you also get to play a dice game where you can win a little surprise. It used to be on my way back from school so you can imagine how much time I used to spend there.
3. From this next spot in town you have so many possibilities: The Altstadt bares most of the beautiful monuments in Heidelberg and is the part of town I grew up in. From the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) you have beautiful views to the Castle and over the river. If you walk up the Steingasse you will get to the Market Square where you will find the Church of the Holy Ghost and City Hall. If you cross the bridge, walk up the Schlangenweg (Snake’s Path) to get to the Philosophenweg (Philosphers’ Path) from which you will have a gorgeous view over the entire city.
I didn’t have time to walk up to the castle this time, but needless to say that the castle is an absolute must-see for anyone traveling to Heidelberg.
Are you planning a trip to Germany soon? If so, you probably have already checked for Berlin apartments or other accommodation in your destinations. If it isn’t already on your itinerary, I highly suggest you add Heidelberg on it. It’ll steal your heart away.