Whether the Philosophenweg (Philosopher's Path) really inspired the likes of Nietsche, Kant or Hegel is a matter of ... More
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 Philosopher's Garden, an idyllic oasis with fantastic views of the old town. The route is lined with memorials of famous poets and philosophers;a perfect place for night owls to take a stroll and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city lights crowned by the illuminated castle.
Starting from the west end of the old town walk across the bridge and up the philosiphers way. Along the way you will pass small plots of land 1/4 acre or so that are owned and farmed by the townsfolk. They are private gardens. At the top you overlook the old bridge and the old town. On a sumer afternoon as the sun sets the castle glows red. Watch you step as walk down the path to the bridge. Old stone steps are slippery. Bring your camera and some wine from the area wouldn't hurt.
I go once or twice a year to Heidelberg, would never miss my hike up to the Philosophenweg and back down the Schlangenweg to the old bridge and the "Alt Stadt". Some times we even go further up to the Heiligenberg. You must try the Philosophenweg on a sunday morning around 10 or 11 AM it is incredible. All churches down in Heidelberg will chime to greed you. It is my most favored spot in the world.
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