We had been told that Hiedelberg, located in Southwest Germany, was not to be missed. They were right!! We parked in an underground parking lot smack in the middle of the shopping district, and took off on foot down the gorgeous walking streets flooded with locals and tourists, alike!
I was really impressed by this one-handed man playing a steel-drum-type instrument…he was quite good, although not getting nearly as much attention as he should have!
Cool old buildings…
I love the architecture and personality of some of these super-solid buildings!
We kept seeing these dessert balls everywhere looked. What were they?
Ella picks up this boy like he is a doll. Someday soon he is going to start fighting back…
The chapel downtown is absolutely gorgeous from the outside (we didn’t peak inside, although I enjoyed hearing some lovely organ music billowing out the windows)!
For those that like history (included WWII history), Heidelberg is full of it…but I don’t have the energy to go into it here. Read about it here.
Meanwhile, enjoy some cool photos of the castle that is perched above the city!
We made the kids trek up the streets and long entrance into the castle. This girl did a 180…turning from a non-walking terror into a smiling princess for photographs
We got up top, and were blown away by the view. Maiya decided she wanted to show Jared something, and sat on the ground screaming “Dad” over and over and over. LOUDLY. Jared was not going to give in and roll over for her rude insistence. So, she broke down crying and refused to walk. Of course, people wondered why we weren’t picking up our daughter who was having a breakdown.
Ethan realized we weren’t going to give in, so he walked over to her, took her hand, and pulled her to walk with him. Miraculously, she walked.
The magic of siblings.
It was such a sweet scene, and I wish I had it on camera
The view from up top wasn’t too shabby, either!
Maiya was still in her grumpy mood, and refused to be in the photo. I shouldn’t be surprised…she’s been doing this for over a year…she’s learned from her old sister, who has now drastically improved. If only we can survive this 4/5/6 year age…we’ll make it!
The Heidelberg Castle has a crazy assortment of structures from all different eras. Here are some of the views in the courtyards…
Huge Dukes (?) adorned the sides.
The castle walls are huge!
Walking back into town we passed some gorgeous homes, that looked like castles themselves!
The cool part about these homes is that they didn’t have any parking spaces, and they were built on hills. So, the people parked below their homes on the street, and they had little underground stairways that led up to their homes.
An old funicular tram had ran through the neighborhood up to the castle, as well. We couldn’t tell if it is still in operation (we didn’t see it going)…but I imagine it would have been a fun ride!
After heading back through town we went to the bridge. Can you spot Maiya throwing another fit in front of the bridge towers?
View of the castle from the bridge…not too shabby, eh?
The highlight for Jared? Finding the best Mexican food that he’s had since visiting the US! (Yes, he is including our visit to Mexico…because let’s face it…real Mexican food is not nearly as good as Tex-Mex!)
He keeps his hands full, trying to please these kids.
We left town and drove around until we located the next town we wanted to spend the night in. There were 3 hotels in town, and all 3 were sold out. One of these hotels called the next town, and found a room open for us. After he hung up I asked if he knew what kind of price it would be. He said it would probably be similar to their price (80 Euros or so).
We arrived in that next town, and found that they wanted us to pay 150 Euros for the night. Ouch! That’s $200 USD for one night! Umm…no thanks!
We kept driving and driving…and finally landed at a place that charged us well under $100 USD. Sometimes it’d be easy just to give in and get into a hotel room early…but I’ll tell you what…I’d generally prefer to keep driving until I can find a price I can stomach