Happy Heidelberg

Happy Heidelberg

 It’s pretty easy to be happy in Heidelberg… What a fun little German town!
We took a German road trip this weekend with Amsterdam friends to kick off
our final month of traveling through Europe, and we loved it all. We drove
from Amsterdam –> Düsseldorf the first night, then on to Heidelberg on
Saturday morning for a two-day stay where we could explore the area and
easily make it back to Frankfurt to fly on to the next adventure.

Heidelberg is so full of charm, but it’s also a modern city with a great University
and a lot going on. It would be such a fun place to study abroad since it’s well-
connected, centrally located, and full of charm + modern stores and amenities.
It is so close to other famous small German towns like Bad Wimpfen and
Rothenburg ob de Tauber, so the entire area is a treat! I always loved
seeing photos of it on Overseas Escape when Margo lived there, so that
made me even more excited to go. She had some of the BEST tips too!
IMG_3549The old town is full of picturesque side streets galore! We strolled down
them immediately after arriving and each new one was a delight.

Heidelberg1IMG_0752The Hauptstrasse ^^ is the longest pedestrian-only street in Europe, as learned from OE!
It’s full of great shopping, all of the European staples, cafés, and so many ice cream shops.

IMG_0765IMG_0761Since we had been driving all morning from Düsseldorf we were more than ready
for lunch. We wanted to keep it quick so we could see the sights, and luckily Margo had
recommended the best doner kebabs in the city at Yufka’s right off Marketplatz. Europe just
does these so well and when you know of a good place, you do. We were NOT disappointed..
but we were verrrrry full! :) We had plans for a good German dinner that night, so it was time
to work up our appetite by walking up the steep stairs to the castle towering over the town.
IMG_0769At the end of strolling Old Town you glance up and hello, there’s a giant castle! ^^

Heidelberg2There are two ways up to the castle – stairs up the right side, or a path around
the left side. We went up the steep steps on the right, and down the other way.
IMG_0806 IMG_0788The palace itself dates back to the Roman era and a lot of it is in ruins, but the grounds

are really nice to walk. Plus, those views are definitely worth the hike – trust me.
(Be sure to also wander the castle gardens and giant moat!)
IMG_0801Or, see for yourself! ^^

IMG_0795IMG_0810Entering the palace grounds gives way to strolling more and seeing a few inside rooms.
IMG_0816IMG_0838Spring was just beginning in Germany this week, and we were so happy as the
sun came out and birds started chirping. We took off coats and couldn’t believe it!

Heidelberg4IMG_0821After seeing the views across the river from this side, we decided to hike back
down, get some ice cream in town, and then cross the bridge to see that side ^^
IMG_0841Heidelburg just so happens to have an Amorino Gelato shop, where they make
the cones pretty special in flower designs ^^ It was too pretty to resist getting some!
Strolling streets like this with gelato in hand on a spring day just might be life at its best.
IMG_0848 IMG_0849 IMG_0860The view from the beautiful bridge looking back at town ^^
IMG_0855And hello again there, castle! ^^
IMG_0867 We crossed the bridge to take the Philisophenweg “philosopher’s walk” up the (steep)
hillside with views sweeping back across the river, castle and town. It was a little long 
and steep for this pregnant girl after the walking/climbing we’d already done, but
peaceful and so worth it. Plus, there are lots of excuses to stop on the way up :)
IMG_0876 IMG_0873Spring blossoms + views of town were a fab combo. ^^
IMG_0882^^ Fun to travel with Gabby + Jordan. They have been such great
friends in Amsterdam and we will miss them once we move!

IMG_0887 IMG_0889Cherry blossoms! Magnolia trees! Good luck ever
convincing me that spring is not the best season.

IMG_0894IMG_0758After more river strolling and relaxing with all of the locals out on the grass for
picnics in the nice 
weather, we put in a reservation at Schnitzelbank (another spot-
on tip from Margo) and went to our 
hotel for a bit before the best German meal ever.
IMG_0750 IMG_0895Walking the Neckar river back to the Heidelberg Marriott in the most gorgeous evening light ^^
IMG_0899We went back for a late dinner once we had worked our appetites up, and boy were we glad we had.
IMG_0901SCHNITZELBANK is what German food dreams are made of.
It is tiny and can be tough to get into, but so so worth it.
Margo recommended the best dishes and we were in heaven!

IMG_0902Classic schnitzel, one of the best we’ve had. ^^
Our friend got the garlic kind and loved that too.
IMG_0905The true highlight for me: kasespatzle, like Germany’s version
of mac & cheese. Currently still dreaming of each bite.HeidelbergCan you tell whether the boys liked their meals? ^^ Cleaned every inch of the plates :) 

Wir lieben Deutschland!