Heidelberg

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On Tuesday we drove up to Heidelberg. We stayed at a slightly damp Camping Heidelberg; a grassy site on the River Neckar, about 5km from the centre of Heidelberg.

Our great friend Farshid has a house in Heidelberg and he spent the next two days showing us around this lovely historic University town.

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

On the Wednesday we saw his old medical school, then went up to the castle which sits up on the north side of the Neckar valley looking out over the city.

The Powder Turret

The Powder Turret

This is the powder turret, riven by an explosion many years ago (and described in a travel book written by Mark Twain in 1880).

Peter and Farshid

Peter and Farshid

We had a sunny afternoon to explore the castle.

We are trying to decipher a Latin Inscription

We are trying to decipher a Latin Inscription

Nia, Peter and Farshid

Nia, Peter and Farshid

The North Wing. Well Ventilated.

The North Wing. Well Ventilated.

Anniza Lee

Anniza Lee

We met a charming lady from Hong Kong, Anniza Lee, who took some shots for us.

The Castle Clock

The Castle Clock

Another Timepiece.

Another Timepiece.

There are extensive gardens with some huge specimen trees.
There are several pools and fountains in front of an old underground reservoir which collected the mountain water.

Neptune

Neptune

Neptune looks at a bit uncomfortable here on a bed of rocks.

Heidelberg has a long history of teaching medicine and the art of the apothecary and the castle museum has an impressive collection and exhibition giving the history of the apothecarists trade over the centuries.

Now where did I put my valium?

Now where did I put my valium?

The Pharmacy Museum

The Pharmacy Museum

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

The Castle from the City

The Castle from the City


After looking round the castle we drove down to Heidelberg and met Farshid’s friend Peter for a drink.

Farshid, Peter and Peter

Farshid, Peter and Peter

Goethe's House

Goethe’s House

There is lovely old architecture everywhere you look; Goethe used to live in the house shown second left in this picture. Heidelberg was unscathed by the war, reputedly because one of the American Generals in charge at the time had a girlfriend living in the city.

Brewed on the Premises

Brewed on the Premises

We dropped in to this bar to try the local beer…cold, hoppy, slightly cloudy….delicious.

The Old Bridge over the Neckar.

The Old Bridge over the Neckar.

The next day we visited the gardens at Schwetzingen, about 15 km from Heidelberg.

Schwetzingen Schloss (castle) and grounds.

Schwetzingen Schloss (castle) and grounds.

The well preserved castle in Schwetzingen is surrounded by many acres of beautifully manicured gardens, hedges and trees, interspersed with statues, old temples and even a pink mosque.

Temple

Temple

Castle Lawns.

Castle Lawns.

Pool at Schwetzingen

Pool at Schwetzingen

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The mosque.

The mosque.

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In the evening we met up with Mohsen, a friend of Farshid’s from early student days, and we had a scrumptious meal in one of his restaurants on the Hauptstrasse, the traffic free shopping street that stretches through the central city.

Mohsen's Restaurant.

Mohsen’s Restaurant.

Dinner with Mohsen

Dinner with Mohsen

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