We went to Heidelberg last September 4th for some sightseeing. It was a very fine day and although the air was a bit cold, it didn't bother us so much. Our first stop: the place where our national hero wrote the last chapters of his novel Noli Me Tangere. It was quite a long from Heidelberg city center, but it didn't matter because we drove all the way there. We were directed by our navigation to a residential area. There was nothing special though except for the fact that a street name was named after our national hero. And that is something that any Filipino would be proud of.
After our brief visit, we went back to Heidelberg city center and visited the Heidelberg Castle. We got up though the Bergbahn (mountain train). History tells us that the castle was burned down three times and that plans to restore everything to its original grandeur were never carried out. There are a few areas of the castle though that have been restored and used as museums, shops and restaurant.
From the castle, one can get a breathtaking view of the Altstadt below, with the Alte Brücke and the other old structures that make Heidelberg a very romantic and charming city.
I immensely enjoyed Heidelberg castle especially the bergbahn ride and the grounds. There was so much space to run around at the gardens and grounds without fearing of breaking anything.The giant wine barrel was also an interesting piece.
There was also a fireworks display that evening and we waited for night to come. We sat on the bank of the River Neckar and while waiting, enjoyed some of the picnic food that we brought with us. It was a very dramatic and awesome fireworks display. Before the actual fireworks, there was a re-enactment of the burning down of the castle and one would think that it was really on fire.
I wish we could visit Heidelberg this Autumn for the fall foliage. We saw lots of greenery when we visited and it would be interesting to see them in various shades of reds, orangers and yellows.