Before I bought my train ticket to Heidelberg, I had never heard of the place. “Sounds German,” I replied when one of my best friends mentioned it as a potential destination while were planning our two-week long Eurotrip. Turns out, it is German and she told me that a couple people had mentioned to her how great Heidelberg was and she really wanted to go. I wasn’t hard to convince; give me a new unknown place for which I have no expectations and I’m good to go!
Turns out Heidelberg was my FAVORITE city we visited on our seven destination trip! It was charming and adorable, we stayed in an amazing hostel, and there was a castle involved. Boom.
Though getting from Brussels to Heidelberg was NOT easy (basically due to our lack of attention to detail and a bit of ignorance), getting from the train station in Heidelberg to our hostel was a breeze (just catch bus number 33!). Unfortunately we lost about 5 hours of precious exploration time due to our poor planning of transportation to Heidelberg, but when got to our hostel it was only 6:00pm so we still had time. We checked into the Lotte Backpacker’s hostel which was amazing, and the woman working at the front desk was super helpful and gave us a map and even marked down different places to eat according to the type of cuisine!
My favorite part of Heidelberg was all of it’s little quirks. Besides having a beautiful brown castle tucked up on a lush green hill, the city center boasted colorful pedestrian streets, interesting statues, a fun nightlife and is also home to the oldest university in Germany. Even though it was cool and rainy our whole time there, it didn’t stop us from totally enjoying our short but sweet visit.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words…
One of my favorite things about Heidelberg was the statues that were strewn about the streets. These are my favorites:
The one thing you can’t miss in Heidelberg is the castle, overlooking the old town of Heidelberg like a page ripped out of a fairytale. You can take a funicular up, or your can go the free route and walk up the cobble stoned Burgweg street, the street where our hostel was! It’s about a ten minute walk up a fairly steep path, but if I can do it, you can do it. The castle is mostly in disrepair, with only one functioning room where special events are sometimes held. However, the courtyard occasionally acts as a venue for theatre performances and small concerts. My favorite part of the castle, though, were the amazing views! I’m kind of glad it was a drizzly day… it made the landscape seem totally mystical.
Though the views from the castle were amazing, my personal favorite perspective was from the other side of the Old Bridge. It was all of the pretty things squished together in one view like a perfect post card. I loved it.
I would absolutely go back to Heidelberg if I had the chance. We were only there for two too short days and I was so sad to leave to head to Paris. Have you ever planned a trip to go somewhere you’d never heard of and then fallen in love with it? Tell me everything!
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