|part of heidelberg's bridge monkey|
|old bridge, heidelberg|
|my little sister|
|the markings on heidelberg's bridge indicate the river's flood levels and flood dates|
|i'm starting to think there aren't many bridges in europe without love locks on them.|
|heidelberg's castle, est. 1400|
During our layover in Frankfurt we rented a car and drove to Heidelberg, a pretty little city in the Neckar river valley in southwestern Germany. During WWII Heidelberg was almost completely spared from allied bombing, so it is a lovely instance of authentic historical buildings and streetscapes.
Home to the oldest university in Europe (est. 1386), the Heidelberg castle, and beautiful Baroque churches (the Jesuitenkirche, the Heiliggeistkirche) there was far too much to see in the few short hours we spent there. So we settled for a stroll through the Alstadt (historical center) and along the Hauptstrasse (main street) to the Old Bridge, with its views of the river valley and castle (I think we're going to have to practice walking the pups in large crowds before our road trip this fall). We ate lunch - quiche, pastries, and German potato salad (always a favourite!) - al fresco in a park, before hopping back on a plane and coming home.
Little known fact about Heidelberg - there is a large American population here, due to the US Army Garrison stationed there since WWII. Incidentally, a Happy Fourth to our American readers!