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Aug 29, 2019 - The bird show and Heidelberg

Today we had a time constraint to deal with. We were up and at breakfast at 0800, and after some confusion with the bill at check out, we were on our way at 0900. The choices were to go by Autobahn, or to go on a "Duff special" route across the rolling hills. Since there was an accident on the Autobahn that made the time enroute equal, I chose the back roads. If you always trust the GPS to get you to your destination, I urge you to be careful. I knew from earlier research that the trip should take 90 minutes, and when the town we entered...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Heidelberg

This morning we visited Heidelberg, in very warm and sunny weather. On the hill above town is a mostly destroyed castle. We only went inside to the wine cellar to see an enormous wine barrel. Apparently everyone brought their wine to the castle and it was all mixed together and doled out as needed. This may have been for safety in case of siege. At any rate, everyone drank wine, because water was not safe. But it was not very good wine, or so we were told. Our guide told us about the rest of the castle, but we did not enter any other...

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Sep 25, 2017 - Heidelberg

Today, we set out from Frankfurt for the historic city of Heidelberg. With its picturesque setting on the Neckar River, medieval castle ruins, and narrow, winding streets that were spared wartime bombing, Heidelberg stands as perhaps the quintessential German city. We discover this romantic town on a morning tour featuring the baroque-style Old Town, Heidelberg Castle, the Old Bridge spanning the Neckar River, and lively Market Square. Truly a treat to visit such a beautiful and well-preserved medieval city, surrounded by the colorful Black...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Heidelberg

A great looking day sun is shining so out for a walk to get some coffee and couple rolls for breakfast, then back to the hotel to do a update on my blog, packed my bags and off to the train station for 3 hour ride to Heidelberg. Got to Heidelberg about 3:00pm found my hotel right next to the train station got checked in and dropped my bags and headed to city bus stop to get a ride to the Heidelberg Castle, once there was a long line of people waiting to get tickets and to ride the incline car to the top, took about a half hour to get my...

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Dec 18, 2015 - Our ratings of Christmas markets

From Stockholm to Stuttgart, the Christmas markets have been a highlight. Not castles or cathedrals. Of castles neither of us are fans. Cathedrals can be inspiring, but there is a downside. An Australian warned us years ago of the perils of the ABC tour: another bloody cathedral. For us this trip, I suppose there may be the peril of an ATM tour: another tempting market, or perhaps another tedious market. The best feature or any market is the beacon of bright and festive lights in a dark, dark season. Especially in the Baltic nations the...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Heidelberg Castle

Today, Robert and Leah had to go back to work, so Terry and I, and Steve and Linda decided to adventure out on our own. We headed to Heidelberg, because Linda wanted to see a castle. Terry got the pleasure of driving 200 kph on the autobahn, which equals about 125 mph! Parking is terrible at the castle and you have to park on the side of a street on a hill! Luckily,we have a handicapped placard, so today we used it and parked up next to the castle. We paid $6 admission and $4 for guided tour. We had 1.5 hours to kill before the guided tour....

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Sep 26, 2014 - Germany - Castles of the Rhine Valley & Heidelberg

Off to Germany. Left the hotel at 7:45 am. Drove on the autobahn to the city of Cologne where we stopped for lunch and a tour of a Gothic Cathedral - Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom). After our break, we continued on to the lovely little Village of Boppard which is nestled on the largest loop of the Rhine River. There we embarked on our scenic cruise past steep leafy vineyards, medieval hilltop castles, and heard about the legend of the Loreley Rock. Now back on the Coach to follow the Neckar River to Hiedelberg. The coach dropped us all...

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Sep 3, 2014 - Heidelberg

We got back to the car and set off on our way to Heidelberg. The drive was just under an hour long. We got to our hotel, which was situated in almost the perfect position it could be. Right at the end of the "Old Bridge" (Alt Brucke). The staff in the hotel said we couldn't leave our car where it was parked, as we were right in the middle of the pedestrian district. She pulled out a small map of the city, and drew some instructions on how to get to the paid car park we could leave the car. She said it looked a long way away, but it was...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Heidelberg & Speyer, Germany

24 June 2014 Today we stop in two ports; in the morning we arrive in Speyer a beautiful little town on the Rhine, which is peaceful, spacious and very picturesque. We can walk off the boat into the park adjoining the main town and it only takes 10 minutes to walk to the main square. The streets and pavements are all paved and it is hard to see what is pavement and what is road, but there is little traffic and the pace is slow. Ian stayed on board the ship this morning, but I decide to walk through the park, visit the Romanesque Cathedral...

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Dec 27, 2013 - Blog Twenty Six - Rhine Cruise

BLOG TWENTY SIX SUNDAY – 22 Dec 13 We woke up slightly dusty from the night before, although brekkie soon solved this. Quite a selection and the omelette station will be a hit although we decided on other tasty options this morning. We have one stop today, Kinderdijk. We alighted from the ship about 9:30 and walked across the road with our guides and “quiet boxes” (small electronic devices that earphones plug into that allow us to hear our guides) into the small village. The main attraction here is the 19 historic and manual windmills. Our...

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Dec 5, 2013 - Heidelberg, Germany

Today we took a day trip with Natalie and Nathan to the southwest region of Germany to visit Heidelberg. Home to the U.S. Army in Europe and the oldest university. This area was hit hard during the 17th century wars and was rebuilt in the 18th century with baroque buildings. It was a foggy and cold day, but it didn't stop us from exploring the Christmas market down in old town. We warmed up by enjoying a great german meal before heading to the tram that takes you up to the Heidelberg Castle that sits above the town. Nathan loved the tram...

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Nov 24, 2013 - Heidelberg Castle

We traveled by regional train to Heidelberg with Karen and Tino (our friends from the walking tour). We were able to get a "Happy Weekend" ticket (Schönes-Wochenende) which allows 5 people to travel together throughout Germany and some of Poland for one weekend day for 44 euro- the trains are just slower than the all famous bullet trains (ICE). We toured the Heidelberg Castle which was mostly destroyed by the French. We had an English tour and were able to see the worlds largest wine barrel. We ate dinner in the town but were unable to do...

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