Tearing ourselves away from our amazing home for the night, we made our way to Heidelberg.
Driving in to Heidelberg I was surprised at how big a city it was. The majority of pictures online focus on the old town which is a rather small area but the surrounding part is very built up.
After driving around for a little too long we eventually managed to find a parking spot. We had read online that parking in Heidelberg wasn’t difficult, just expensive. Living in a city where it can cost £2 for 15 minutes we were used to expensive parking but we found just finding any parking difficult. Eventually we managed to get a perfect spot right by the water for £2 per hour, definitely not expensive by British standards.
First, we stumpled across a lovely little market selling lots of local produce and flowers.
We were a short five minute walk to the start of the old town, a pedestrian area located on the south of the city. The weather had turned in our favour and the sun was shining on us. We had a little climb to the castle so a pre climb ice cream was in order. There are so many little ice cream parlours in Heidelberg and I opted for a cone with coconut while CB went for a tub with chocolate Heidelberg fudge which was delicious. While I was enjoying mine, I was slightly jealous at his choice.
Dreaming of this amazing ice cream right now.
With a suitable level of sugar in us, we made our way up to the castle. We opted for the path through the garden which goes right round the castle. It was a steep climb and but we powered through, knowing we would be rewarded with beautiful views at the top.
Heading further round toward the front of the castle we stopped for another photo. We didn’t go into the actual castle itself, which you have to pay to get in to, but instead stuck to the grounds which are free. After using up a suitable amount of space on my memory card with views of Heidelberg we headed back down, this time via the stairs. This definitely seemed like the hardest route up, especially in this heat. It almost seemed necessary to cheer climbers on that they were nearly there.
Within minutes were back down in the square looking up to the castle.
We needed to fuel up before hitting the road, ourselves not the car that is, and so headed to Emma’s. A cute little cafe that was selling delicious pizzas and that looked too good to resist. I know another pizza. However we were eating our fair share of schnitzel and currywurst on our pit stops while driving so it was nice to have something light. We just shared a large rocket and Parma ham pizza with lashings of Parmesan and a balsamic tomato sauce. I opted for a nice glass of something chilled in the form of a Hugo, a white wine spritzer flavoured with elderflower. It would eventually become my drink of the holiday.
Lunch stop in Heidelberg.
Heading back to the car we knew Heidelberg would be on our list to stop by again, this time for a longer visit. And of course staying at Hotel Bonne Suite.