Heidelberg castle is a red sandstone ruin perched 330 feet above the Neckar river. It is a fine example of baroque architecture. It was home to Palatinate princes until it was partially destroyed by fire in the 17th century.
Princess Elizabeth Gate with some of the ruined portions of the castle in the background.
A fortress wall with two figures.
The Gate Tower with clock is the main entrance into the castle grounds.
Ornamentation above the Gate Tower entrance, with some sunshine.
Inside the Main Courtyard of the palace is an excellent example of the baroque style of architecture. This building is directly across from the Gate Tower.
This is a dress rehearsal for a show to be presented at a later date. You can see some of the ruins above.
The Gate Tower clock from inside the main courtyard.
Another view on the right side of the main courtyard.
A closeup of one of the figures on the building.
The old bridge spans the Neckar river. Houses on the other side of the bridge fetch 2-3 million euros. Only one has been on the market in the past 10 years.
This is a funicular going up the mountain side to a yellow station house.
A view of the castle from the Old City below.
I liked the name of this store. Both are good Scrabble words. : )
Another view of the imposing castle from Old City.
Art work in the Old City main square, with the castle in the background.
Holy Spirit church in Old City.
We had a German lunch as part of our excursion in the Ritter Hotel restaurant. This one of the buildings that was not destroyed in WWII.
Monument in the market square.
City Hall in market square.
A monument in market square.
This picture was taken from the Old Bridge with a very complete view of the enormity of the Heidelberg Castle.
Looking back at the Old City and Holy Spirit church from the other side of the bridge.
Some of the pricey homes on the other side of the Neckar river.
Another view of the Old Bridge and castle.
A view of the bridge, castle and church. The funicular is visible to the left of Holy Spirit church.
Wayne and Julia stand in front of a beer delivery truck. Each side of the truck folds down for easy access to all of the contents.
The ship is docked In Kehl, Germany, and right across the river is Strasbourg, France. On our morning excursion, we took a walking tour of Strasbourg. Storks are abundant in Strasbourg. A stork has built a nest at the very top of this house.
This is a dam to control the water flowing into the canals in the city.
Strasbourg is the seat of European Parliament (EU).
Canal and homes.
A view in the opposite direction.
A set of locks controls the water level.
Central market. Notre Dame Cathedral in background.
Another view of the central market.
The crocodile restaurant.
A pedestrian walk area with shops, restaurants and bakeries. Note the pennants hanging from the walls.
The Strasbourg Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. From 1647 to 1847 it was the world's tallest building. Today it is 6th tallest.
Front entrances to the Strasbourg Cathedral.
The organ flanked by two stained glass windows.
Another view of the organ and a stain glassed window visible from the front of the cathedral.
This gives you and idea of the height of the interior of the cathedral. A view of the altar from a distance.