Old Town Heidelberg – Travel Tuesday

Old Town Heidelberg – Travel Tuesday

It’s time for another Travel Tuesday linkup with Belinda of Found Love. Now What? and Bonnie Rose of A Compass Rose. I visit this linkup weekly to find new fabulously stalkable travel blogs. If you have a love for travel and want to meet new people, I highly recommend you join me in this weekly indulgence!

Found Love. Now What?

Last week, I guided you through my jaunt through Schloss Heidelberg and the grounds surrounding it. This week I’ll recap the latter part of the day, which I spent in Heidelberg’s Old Town (or the Altstadt).

Before I departed the castle grounds, I ran across these lovely gents. While I was waiting patiently in the queue to get into the parking garage, and feeling quite angsty over the state of my very full bladder, a very large BOOM! went off directly over the street I was idling on. The bladder problem was nearly solved, whether I was ready for it or not. Everyone on the street continued to mill about without taking any notice of the cannon, so it must have been expected (by them, certainly not me), but I was still shaken up by it. I was also irritated about nearly soiling my beloved car. Near the end of my castle tour, I found the source of the boom. The sly little grin on the face of the gentleman in the middle of this photo made me forgive them instantly. He’s just too damn cute!

Heidelberg Castle Cannon

As I was making my way down the 5,729 steps from the castle to the town (yes, an exaggeration, but there were so. many. steps.), I noticed that the town seemed to be just as crowded, if not more so, than the castle grounds had been. I shoved that thought into the back corner of my wee little brain because I was so distracted by the beautiful walk down to the old town. I’m sure the people living in this part of the city pay dearly for the real estate, but I would just die to live here. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Heidelberg, Germany

I had a bit of a crush on this house on the stairway down to the old town. I couldn’t imagine living in such a beautiful place. I also couldn’t imagine getting the groceries into this beauty every week, because there was not a driveway or side street anywhere to be found. Oofdah!

Beautiful House in Heidelberg, Germany

I sincerely hope the residents of this beauty were not home. I took several pictures, some at some pretty aggressive and intrusive angles.

I finally reached the bottom of the never-ending-stairway and entered the Kornmarkt (Corn Market – love that English is a Germanic language….).  Some tents were set up with vendors selling beautiful pieces from all over Europe. I really wish I had taken some pictures of the lovely wares, but I was afraid that I would spend all my Euros if I stuck around too long. I just love collecting pieces of exotic decor for my home.

The Kornmarkt Square is dominated by the beautiful Baroque Kornmarkt Madonna statue.

Kornmarkt (Corn Market) Madonna, Heidelberg, Germany

As I attempted to venture further into the Old Town, I was met by an immovable wall of people.

Heidelberg, Germany, Festival Crowd

Because I had not checked the official Heidelberg travel website (which is fantastic, by the way) before setting out that day, I had no clue what was going on. …so I did what any American would do and whipped out my smartphone and Googled it. I was so excited to find that I had stumbled onto the biggest festival of the year in this part of Germany! The excerpt below is directly from the website mentioned above.

[mantra-pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”100%”]On Valentine’s Day, the 14th February 1613, Frederick V of the House of Wittelsbach and the English king’s daughter Elizabeth Stuart got married in London at the age of 16. In the same year, they left England by ship and traveled over Den Haag, where Frederick visited his uncle Moritz of Orange, to Heidelberg. Frederick’s return home with his bride was an event of international standing at the time. The couple was welcomed by the cheering population of Heidelberg and a celebration of several days’ duration took place at the Heidelberg Castle, which also included a huge fireworks display. This is the starting signal for today’s illuminations of Heidelberg Castle.[/mantra-pullquote]

I made my way via a much less crowded side street to the Marktplatz (Market Square) just in time to see the afternoon’s main event, which was the reason for the jam-packed streets. At 4:30 pm the Mayor of Heidelberg made an appearance on the balcony of the old city hall on the east side of the square and introduced the newlyweds. The crowd in the square was amazing, and it was so much fun to observe their excitement.

Festival Crowd in Heidelberg Market Square

Heidelberg, Germany, The Wedding Celebration

Being part of this crowd was so much fun! I didn’t understand the address by the mayor or the remarks by the royal couple, but watching the reactions of the people around me made the meaning clear: this was a momentous occasion in Heidelberg’s history and the couple was absolutely adored by their people.

After the ceremonial kiss and address to the crowd, I turned to the west end of the square and popped into the impressive Gothic structure of the Church of the Holy Spirit. My camera battery was sadly running low, so I only have a few pictures to share. For a small fee of one Euro, you can climb the tower to take in the beautiful views. I will do this when I return.

Church of the Holy Spirit, Heidelberg, Germany

After visiting the church, I rambled through some side streets, taking in all the beautiful architecture. The buildings are all so colorful and exquisitely maintained. I grabbed a quick bite to eat at an Indian snack shop before my return home and was thoroughly satisfied with my day.

Streets of Heidelberg, Germany

Thanks for joining me as I reminisced about my lovely day trip to Heidelberg, Germany. Have any of you been to Heidelberg? Do you have any recommendations for must-see sights for my next trip?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
  • http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/ Amy | Club Narwhal

    What a beautiful city! And yes, that house is totally crush-worthy (I love picking out which house I would move into in every new city–my favorite was this really tall and skinny pink home in Lisbon). It looks like the perfect place to wander around getting lost in the beauty.

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      Amy, if I had had more time in my day and better shoes on my feet, I could have wandered Heidelberg for several more hours. A tall and skinny pink house sounds like my kind of place. I need to see that one!

  • http://www.thebartlettsabroad.blogspot.com/ Erica @ thebartlettsabroad

    What a stunning place – I share your house-crush and constantly find myself falling for pretty houses – though I’d like one with an entrance 😉
    What a fortunate surprise that you were there for something so historic! I love German festivals!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      I arrived here at the height of festival season. Oddly enough, I did not make it to any local festivals, but have stumbled across a few in other areas. I love Germany! Never want to leave….

  • Annie Montgomery

    there’s something so perfectly charming about germany! love it!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com Megan

      It really is beautiful! I can’t wait to go back for the Christmas markets.

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      It is definitely charming. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to live and work here.

  • Keri Kight

    What gorgeous pictures. I have never been to Germany, or any part of Europe, but I know I want to go sometime soon. I especially love the castle and the scenery around it.

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      You really should try to make an extended trip to Europe so you can visit more than one country. Each country has its own unique flavor, and all are beautiful in different ways. The history is amazing as well.

  • Rachel

    I love the humour you mix into your travel account! I really enjoyed reading this!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      Thank you, Rachel. I hope that you’ll continue to read up on my trips as I post them.

  • Salma Dinani

    One day I would love to travel more, it’s on my bucket list. This was a beautiful post, such amazing pictures. For now I can live vicariously 🙂

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      Feel free to stop in to take a look at my photos anytime. I plan to update with a travel post at least once a week.

  • http://sherbetandsparkles.wordpress.com/ Charlotte

    I live just down the road in Frankfurt but I’ve never made it there yet! You certainly sold it to me though. Apparently their lantern festival is really something to see!

    • http://www.meganjoyjaunts.com/ Megan Joy

      I highly recommend that you make the trip. It’s so beautiful, and I’m sure it will be all dolled up for the holidays in the next few months.

  • Pingback: When Life Hands You Little Victories... - Found Love Now What

  • A. from Around the Wherever

    I visit Heidelberg quite a bit because a friend lives there. I highly suggest Heidelberger Herbst, which is a wonderful fall festival in September throughout all of downtown. There’s a lot more to share about it and I had written about my experience there (hopefully it’s okay to share the link): http://aroundthewherever.blogspot.de/2013/09/heidelberger-herbst-what-mix-of.html Also, there are some really neat trails on both sides of the river to hike, and there are some great restaurants in town too.