On the North banks of the river Neckar you can see the silhouette of the Heiligenberg, which at 440m is not all that high. ... More
On the North banks of the river Neckar you can see the silhouette of the Heiligenberg, which at 440m is not all that high. The Philosophenweg (philosopher's road) that lies at its foot offers many good viewpoints on Heidelberg. Those who want to see Heidelberg from a higher view, should make a trip to the top of the Heiligenberg. The easiest way is to go by car to the suburb Handschuhsheim and then turn right and follow the street via the Mühlentalstraße and the Chaisenweg to the peak of the hill. After 6 km full of bends you will see the look-out tower, built in 1885. From here you will enjoy a marvellous view. Directly beside is the ruin of the Stephanskloster (Stephan's cloister). 500m down the road is the Thingstätte (Thing site), a memorial dating from the Nazi period. Following the foot path 200m to the second peak of the hill, there is a piece of history that is really worth seeing: the ruins of the Michaelskloster. From here you have an impressive vi ew over the Rhine valley. It is worthwhile as well to follow the path along the Celtic Ring Wall that was erected 450-250 B.C. to protect the ancient Celtic settlement on the hill.
A saying goes that you if haven't sat on the banks of the River Neckar, you haven't seen Heidelberg. The
Neckarwiese, or Neckar Park, is a ribbon of green which stretches along the river for several kilometers. Popular with ...
When the ambitious Friedrich V., Bohemia's Winter King, became Prince Elector in 1610, his predecessors had already made use of
every inch of the courtyard. To add another building Friedrich V. (who in 1613 married Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of ...
Whether the Philosophenweg (Philosopher's Path) really inspired the likes of Nietsche, Kant or Hegel is a matter of debate. But
anyone who takes this path will certainly see Heidelberg from another angle. A steep ascent takes you up to ...
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