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Subchapters in this travelogue:  Living in Heidelberg ] Southern Suburbs ] Philosopher's Way ] Hauptstrasse ] Heidelberg Castle ]

Also available:  Segment on the Heidelberg Christmas Market

Germany

The State of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Heidelberg -- A Grand Little City on the Neckar 

Germany

The State of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Heidelberg is easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in the German province of Baden-Württemburg.  It combines the activity and artistry of a university town with the hustle-n-bustle of a mile-long commercial zone and the presence of one of the oldest surviving castles in the country, all bounded by the Heidelberg -- Ah!  What a City! lazing Neckar River.  None other than Mark Twain himself proclaimed Heidelberg to be the perfect city -- not too big and not too small -- and he frequently stayed there (his name graces a couple local landmarks).

Unlike most locations in this website that I've visited once or twice, Heidelberg has been my home for several years.  It has also been the must-do for the dozen or so family and friends that have paid me a visit over that time.  They've loved it so much that even those who have returned a second or third time still want a day reserved for it.  I understood what they meant.  Before moving to my house in the nearby town of Nussloch, I spent forty-five days living in a downtown Heidelberg hotel, spending the nights wandering the Hauptstrasse nightly and hitting a different restaurant.  Indeed, I can't get enough of the place -- I would have stayed there if I could have found an apartment downtown!

Heidelberg RathausWhen I opened this website in May of 2001, Heidelberg was the first page I posted.  But frankly that page sucked...  I hadn't yet figured out what I wanted the site to be, and wrote it like a half-baked sales pitch, then wrote a gushy piece on the Castle.  (In fact, many of my early travelogues were half-baked and gushy.)  Now that the site has matured to half-educational/half-diary, I decided it was time to go back to my earliest chapters and do them properly.  I especially wanted to redo Heidelberg as I had so many stories about the city that I didn't want to lose.

Over the Spring of 2003, I will expand this travelogue to a planned five chapters, four of them geographic in nature, and one a catch-all.  The Hauptstrasse and Heidelberg Castle chapters are upgraded versions of the original chapters, while Philosopher's Way, Southern Suburbs, and Sights & Sounds are totally new (the latter two are currently text only, photos coming later).  Choose a subchapter from the below map.

Subchapters in this travelogue:  Living in Heidelberg ] Southern Suburbs ] Philosopher's Way ] Hauptstrasse ] Heidelberg Castle ]

Also available:  Segment on the Heidelberg Christmas Market  

Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2001 Tom Galvin

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Baden-Württemburg Tourism Page -- http://www.tourismus-baden-wuerttemberg.de/pannet/english/home.htm 

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City Visitors Bureau -- http://www.cvb-heidelberg.de/index.hei?lang=1

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City Home Page -- http://www.heidelberg.de

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Y! Travel Guide -- http://travel.yahoo.com/p/travelguide/484522 

 

   
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