Part of my 2011 European travel adventures
Heidelberg is one of Germany's most famous small towns. It's known for a beautiful old town and a famous university. I had a weekend to spend in the region and chose to pay this beautiful medieval gem a visit. This is definitely one of the must-see places for every Germany enthusiast out there.
1. My impression of Heidelberg
Heidelberg is very cozy, it truly has a small town feel to it - I like it a lot. But it's very very long, very stretched along the Neckar river. When you arrive to the main railway station, it takes some time to reach the old town, but their tram system is very convenient and affordable, which makes taking overpriced taxis unnecessary. What is a little disappointing is the fact, that only one long street in the old center is where everything is going on. The side streets are a little neglected, not in the sense of being dirty, to the contrary, but there is not much to see or do. The castle above the medieval core is one of the highlights, same as the river Neckar with a beautiful stone bridge. All in all, Heidelberg is definitely worth a visit, it's very touristy, partly kitchy, but it has a rich history and many treasures to discover.
2. My photos of Heidelberg
3. Heidelberg in conclusion
Heidelberg is unique and has a very special ambiance. It truly feels like you're thrown a few centuries back in history, when you walk around the old town. Compared to some other small towns in Germany, Heidelberg is very touristy and might be a turn off for those of you, who prefer a more peaceful stroll along the historic center. For someone like me, who's living in Taipei, seeing a lot of people was no shocker - I truly enjoyed my exploration of this gorgeous town and recommend visiting it to everyone.