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19-22 September 2014

It is no secret that Heidelberg is a jewel among German travel destinations.
Heidelberg is located in the Neckar river valley and is home to the oldest
university in Germany (est. 1386).

With 28,000 students, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität is one of Germany's
larger academic institutions and boasts the full spectrum of an ancient academy,
from Egyptian Studies to Computer Linguistics. The faculties for Medicine, Law
and Natural Sciences are considered to be among the best in Germany.

The university fostered the establishment of several other world class research
institutions. Generally speaking, Heidelberg is an academic city with a long and
rich history and is similar in many ways to cities such as Cambridge or Oxford.

Over the years, Heidelberg has attracted numerous artists, intellectuals and
academics from all over Europe and has sometimes been referred to as Germany's
unofficial intellectual capital. People who have lived and worked in the city
include Goethe. Mark Twain wrote about it in A Tramp Abroad.

Having a break along the Moselle river

Driving in many German cities requires a special sticker in order to
enter the "Umweltzone", the environmental zone.
(euro 7.50)


Schneeballen or Snowballs Have Been a tradition Since the Middle Ages.

University city

One of the old university buildings.
Later more about the castle on the backgrond.

Akademie der Wissenschaften (science)

Snowball dreams

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Left wing party

The wild years of the 70s in Heidelbergs local museum.

New novel

Houses on the North side of the Neckar river

working on her Thesis

Since 1979 there has been a new created sculpture of a monkey, made of
bronze, on the Old Bridge of Heidelberg. It's as a landmark of the town.

That monkey stood with a mirror in his one hand and touched with
the other his backside. He was mentioned in the poem of Martin Zeiller
in 1632. Today this poem is written beneath the new sculpture.

The new monkey has a mirror in the one hand like the old one. The other
hand is not placed on his backside anymore but forms with the fingers
the symbol which should fight off the evil eye. He has a ring on a finger
on the hand in which he holds the mirror. The monkey’s head is shaped
in such a way that it can be used like a mask.

With the stretched mirror the monkey shall show his viewer his own face
and mock at him this way. Next to the monkey there is a bronze badge
with the inscription of the mocking poem of Zeiller.

Here a rough translation:
What are you gaping at me so?
Didn’t you see the old monkey of Heidelberg?
Look around
Maybe then you will find more of my equals.


Old City seen form the castle

The Heidelberg Castle is one of the most famous ruins of Germany and
the landmark of Heidelberg. Not until it’s devastation in the War of
the Palatinate Succession the castle was the residence of the electoral
princes of Palatinate. Today with the term "Palatinate" they describe
the former palatine territories around Heidelberg and Mannheim.

The Heidelberg Castel is probably the most famous ruin of Germany.
It is visited by millions of people a year.
In former days here used to be a castle which was allotted the Duke
of Bavaria in 1255 with his County Palatinate, and one of the most noble
courts of Germany.

The castle was augmented by further additions with each change of
government of the elector princes. In this way a huge building complex
was formed. Some buildings were given names of the elector princes who
were governing at that time.

Thus, the oldest and nowadays still recognizable dwelling house bears
the name of the elector prince Karl Ruprecht III (governed 1398 - 1410).
Today it is called Ruprechtsbau.

The elector prince Friedirch V. (governed 1610 - 1632)
has the famous Schlossgarten, the Englischer Bau and, to honor of his
wife, the Elizabethentor built.

During the Thirty Years War Heidelberg and also with it the castle was
conquered by General Tilly in 1622. The castle was shattered, set on fire
and devastated during the capture of the town by the French troops in
1688/89 and during the War of Succession in 1693.

The Heidelberg castle could not be rebuilt anymore. Nevertheless, the
ruin witnesses and is reminiscent of the glory which used to be there once.

Optional going all the way up to Königstuhl-Mountain (568 m).

Neptune fountain

A man-made grotto for musical water arts (closed for renovation)

The Heidelberg University is, as is well known, the oldest and most famous
university of Europe and of Germany. The university was named after the
Electoral Prince Ruprecht I. and the Baden Grand Duke Karl Friedrich.
The electoral prince founded the university whereas the Grand Duke
renovated it after the Baden takeover in 1806.

At the time of the Third Reich many students and professors left the
university and even Heidelberg because of the harsh political circumstances.
Fortunately the university was not destroyed in the World War II. However,
the university needed a renewal of the university mind.

The campus was divided when they widened the university grounds. While the
humanities are located in Heidelberg’s Old City the Science Faculty and a
part of the Medical Faculty stand in the Heidelberg quarter Neuenheimer Feld.

Entrance tickets to the university museum.

As long ago as the 16th Century, citizen complaints about carousing students
led the university to open a Studentenkarzer, or Student Prison, where academic
miscreants were kept off the streets for three days to four weeks at a time.

Over the centuries, the University of Heidelberg's Student Prison was moved
several times, and it finally closed down in 1914. Today, that prison--with its
original fixtures and graffiti--offers a glimpse into student life at the
University of Heidelberg before World War I.

As you head the rickety stairs, you'll see student prisoners' graffiti
everywhere: on walls, above the doors, and even on the ceiling.

The prison is about the size of a large apartment, with a door that once
allowed student prisoners to enter the Old University for classes during
their confinement.

Being jailed in the Studentenkarzer couldn't have been too unpleasant,
because time behind bars was a rite of passage for many students.
The Heidelberg Tourist Office describes "the much-coveted stay in the
'Student Prison' for Town vs. Gown offenses, such as disturbing the peace,
womanising, unruly drunkenness, and setting the townspeople's ubiquitous
pigs free."

Mensa im Marstallhof. Maybe the most beautiful University Canteen in
Germany, offering food and beer at low prices in a historic buildling
and a Beer Garden!.

Watch the police series Tatort on Sunday evenings.

Good cook!

tattoo shop

A long-standing institution, the Café Knösel is located at the heart of the
Old Town and houses Heidelberg´s residents and not least it´s students.
Everyone liked Fridolin Knösel, the witty, didicated chocolatier and master
confectioner, and his exquisite creations.

In particular, the young ladies attending Heidelberg´s finishing schools, loved
his sweet chocolate delights and were frequent customers, much to the delight
of many students of the university, who would also flock to the store, hoping
to exchange furtive glances with the fairer sex. Alas, their ever-watchful
governesses were never far away.

These secret longings did not go unnoticed by good-natured Fridolin Knösel.
Ingenious as he was, he created one day a particularly delicious chocolate
delight, which he impishly called the Student´s Kiss. Given as a present, it
was such an exquisite, gallant token of affection that not even the chaperones
could object.

At last, the students and young ladies had a discreet way to send a sweet
message in the form of a Student´s Kiss.

Much has changed since the days of Fridolin Knösel, yet his descendants
continue the family tradition in the little store on Haspelgasse, where they
still make Student´s Kisses according to the original recipe from 1863.
By hand, of course.

Typical German food

... but we want noodles with sate and prawns.

A hike on the North side of the Neckar river

A homeless person has made his/her own house?

University library