Heidelberg, Germany is a university town so it has a lot of young energy contrasting the very old city itself. We found the castle to be the most interesting sight to explore. It sits high on the hill, as all castles do for protection, and when lit up at night casts a magical spell.
Heidelberger Schloss Castle can be reached via a funicular train that rolls up the steep slope. From there you are free to walk around and explore the gardens and the outside of the castle. The walls are huge and the moat is incredibly deep.
One of the more popular things to see is the huge cask wine barrel. The massive barrel fills a big room and has stairs leading to the top.
Our, Goldener Falke Hotel, was in the main Market Platz, a great location for walking to all sights and restaurants.
Heidelberg is just what you would picture a German village to be…quaint plastered and half-timbered houses, pretty flowers, shuttered windows and a river flowing nearby and the big castle on the hill…although, it is crowded with tourists and all the shops geared to them. Reminded us of Venice, in that respect. Exploring side streets brought us back to the real thing…