The Christmas market was beautiful. This was my first visit to Germany at Christmas. It was wonderful.
We visited during the Christmas markets and the excitement on the street was palpable. There is a mix of tourists but many locals mingled in as well. There is so much to see and do around here, I can stick around for many days on end,,,
Great! I am here now, lol. It's late November 2013 and the Xmas Markets are on. It's bitterly cold but what the heck. This is a beaut land and beaut lovely people.
Due to my ignorance, I had expected a medieval old town with lots of stonework and half-timbering. In fact, Heidelberg has apparently been destroyed several times in its 1000 years or so of existence (but not by the Americans in WW 2, since it was not an industrial or strategic target). Hence, the present look of the town center goes... More
Atmosphere is great, small cute town surrounded by well preserved historical buildings. Colorful narrow streets... Silent, peaceful city. Everybody's biking. A breakfast at Rathaus plaza is a perfect way to start the day. Walk along the river and narrow cobblestoned streets, pass over the old bridges... Walk along the pedestrian streets and enter the large, old courtyards of some university... More
A lovely area to be in especially on a sunny day. Unfortunately, like anyplace I experienced alot of rain the week I was in Heidelberg.
Zero police presence when marauding drunk students take over the main walking street after midnight on weekends! Beware. The police hangs up on English speaking callers.
Old Town is a great setup. Many historical elements to see, great walking options between the bridge, overlook of the river, the cobblestone mall and the views towards the castle. There are many hotels to stay in that really fit the old town feel. They also have many great restaurants and shops to go along for the day.
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