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Monday, 5 February 2018

Heidellberg: Schloss und Philosophenweg

When most people think of Heidelberg, they probably think of the castle (Schloss) and the Philosophenweg, which is a walking trail that gives you a brilliant view of the city and also allows you to explore the history of the place as a whole. During my trip there, I managed to visit of these things. This is what I saw:

H E I D E L B E R G E R  S C H L O S S


As you can see, the castle was pretty cool. I would have liked to have gotten a tour of the ruins, but we didn't have much time and so only wandered around the castle grounds. The views were stunning despite the low light. It's also quite a steep climb, so getting to rest up there was a good reward.

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The Philosophenweg- uphill, exhausting, worth it. The trail is adorned with trees, monastic and Roman ruins and beautiful views of the city. We had to stop quite a few times to catch our breath, but it was really good to see, and we were proud of ourselves once we'd managed the whole thing.



Possibly the most shocking discovery made on our hike/walk on the Philosphenweg was an amphitheater known as "Thingstätte". We had been walking for about an hour and a half, and that high up you wouldn't expect to find such a structure. What made it even more haunting was the fact that it was built and used by Nazis. I don't know what for, exactly, but it made the experience all the more uncomfortable. It was a fascinating structure, deserted but for tourists like ourselves.


So Heidelberg - it was a good trip. I'm a total lover of Germany, I love seeing new cities and towns. I love to see history and the present intertwined in unexpected ways. I definitely got to learn more about life in the country from this trip. I got to see some of the university, which I didn't photograph. It was a really good way to start off my year. And Heidelberg is so pretty and unique yet so in keeping with the German spirit.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope this month goes really well for each of you!

Anna x

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