Heidelberg Sculpture

I wish we had more time when we were in Heidelberg. I feel we only scratched the depth of the city and want to go back there in the Summer since it was cold,rainy and grey the whole time we were there. I did have time to stop to take this picture of the this unusual sculpture with the Heidelberg castle in the background.

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Heidelberg Sculpture

Heidelberg Sculpture

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Castle Ruins

Heidelberg Castle is a essentially a ruin in the Rhineland section of Germany. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the town of Heidelberg and dates back to 1214. In 1294 a second castle structure was joined to the first. However in 1537 a lightning bolt destroyed part of the castle and later in 1764 the rebuilt section of the castle was also destroyed by lightning.

For years it was discussed if the castle should be restored or destroyed. After the completion of a rail link, more and more people began to arrive in Heidelberg as visitors. Mark Twain, the American author, described the Heidelberg Castle in his 1880 travel book A Tramp Abroad and is sometimes credited with an explosion of American tourists. Since that time the castle has been maintained as a ruin and is one of the most popular tourist attraction sin Germany.

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Heidelberg Ruins

Heidelberg Ruins

Heidelberg Germany

This is a view of Heidelberg Germany from the one of the castle overlooks. Even on a day when rain seemed imminent the small town looks beautiful from the castle ruins. Rain never did fall but the day remained gray and cold as we toured the ancient ruin and lovely city and University along the river which is a tributary of the Rhine. I would love to be there on a sunny day!

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Heidelberg Germany

Heidelberg Germany

Prague Castle

Prague Castle is the largest and oldest castle in the world. It is actually not a castle but a complex of buildings including two cathedrals, the most famous being the St. Vitus Cathedral.The castle dates back to the early ninth century and is currently the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was previously a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.

This view is from the lower garden. It is too large to capture in one image and worthy of a panoramic photo project and is probably best viewed from the air.

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Prague Castle

Prague Castle

View of Saint Francis Church Praha

There are so many churches in Praha (Prague) and so many church spires. I think that is why I was drawn to the view of this church from Prague Castle. It is one of the few that has a dome in addition to the spires. This is the Saint Francis of Assisi Church located near the foot of the Charles Bridge on the Prague Castle side. You can see this view from the upper garden of the castle below the St Vitus Cathedral.

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The Dome of St Francis

The Dome of St Francis

A View from Prague Castle

Prague Castle is the largest castle in the the world. It is more like a small city than just a Castle. There is a cathedral, two churches, streets with shops and cafes and at least two large garden and park areas. Currently the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic lives there so there is also a large military presence. This view was taken looking south from the upper garden.

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The view from Prague Castle

The view from Prague Castle

A Palace Near the Castle

Heidelberg Castle is a essentially a ruin in the Rhineland section of Germany. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the town of Heidelberg and dates back to 1214. In 1294 a second castle structure was joined to the first. However in 1537 a lightning bolt destroyed part of the castle and later in 1764 the rebuilt section of the castle was also destroyed by lightning.

In a future post I will post pictures of the castle but as I waited in line to take pictures of the view of Heidelberg from the castle. I noticed to the left this beautiful structure. The guides didn’t talk about it, nobody else seemed interested in it but I wondered what the story was behind this beautiful palace that was just below the castle with the same magnificent view.

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The Palace near the Cstle

The Palace near the Castle