Germany – Heidelberg and Baden-Baden


View from Heidelberg Castle

We have discovered that one of disadvantages to making new friends in the military is you forge some great friendships and then before you know it, they are transferred to another country.  But the flip side is that it opens up the opportunity to visit them in those other countries.  Such was the case this summer when we got off the island visit friends near Heidelberg, Germany.

The best form of transportation through town

Our gracious hosts lent us their bicycles and we ventured out to trek through the German countryside.  Destination:  Heidelberg and a long needed taste of some good city life – German style.  The farms and houses were quaint, the fields and orchards perfectly cared for and the city streets and buildings neat as a pin and pristine despite their age.  It was truly a breath of fresh air to look around and see order and design in this historic yet vibrantly active city.

Heidelberg

Perhaps the best reason to sightsee from a bike rather than a car is so you don’t miss sudden opportunities to interact with the local vibe.  These tots were just taking a ride from their preschool.  Pretty cool machine!

Tots on wheels

We spent most of the day seeing the sights that Heidelberg has to offer such as the romantic redstone Schloss (castle), the Hauptstrasse (pedestrian only shopping street) the old bridge (1786), the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat (oldest in Germany and still a vibrant educational institution) and the beautiful squares.

Kornmarket Square (Heidelberg Castle behind)

Biking into the village of Nussloch was rewarded by a visit to the local market in the tiny square where the bakery was also conveniently located.  There is truly nothing like a German bakery, especially in the morning.  Simply mouthwatering!

Nussloch Market

Another day we hopped a train to Baden-Baden, a historic spa resort located in the foothills of the Black Forest.  Baden means “bath” and the hot springs have been the popular destination for ancient Romans and modern tourists alike.  In the early 19th century, the city gained popularity as a meeting place for celebrities and royals who were drawn to its hot spring baths, the famous Kurhaus Casino, horse races, luxury hotels and the beautiful gardens along Lichtentaler Allee.

Kongresshaus Garden (Baden-Baden)

Lichtentaler Allee (Baden-Baden)

We treated ourselves to a 2 hour spa ritual which included “treatments” in 17 spa rooms in the beautiful and elegant historic Freidrichsbad Baths.  Ahhhh-some!

Freidrichsbad Baths

A ultra-relaxing day in Baden-Baden topped off with an espresso waiting for the train – it doesn’t get much better than this!

At the hauptbohnhof (train station)

…to be continued… Next blog:  Bavarian cows, fairytale castles and great beer….

 

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About Melanie A Crane

Quote: "The best journeys ask questions that in the beginning you never thought to ask." (Anon) Here's my journey: Enjoying my short life on this earth one moment at a time by being intentional with God, family, traveling, cooking, gardening, Colorado living and all the perks that come with it, playing guitar, listening more and talking less. I've discovered that both cooking and travel can be messy at times but the risks can have some amazing results. The same goes for life lived with passion.
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3 Responses to Germany – Heidelberg and Baden-Baden

  1. Laura4NYC says:

    I am from Heidelberg and am well familiar with Nussloch! lol Great post! See mine, if you like, it’s
    http://germanamericanabroad.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/heidelberg-not-heidelburg/
    Cheers!

  2. We miss living in Greece and our time in Germany and the rest of Europe as well! Thanks for letting us visit again in pics!

  3. Dan says:

    Heidelberg is one of my favorite cities in the world. Great photos.

    -Dan

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