Heidelberg

Heidelberg…. the place where your dreams come true! My bad, that’s Disneyland but this place is just as magical…

Heidelberg in South Western Germany is a place for romantics, tourists, students, photographers and writers. Exactly my kind of place!

It is IMPOSSIBLE not to take an impressive picture of this town that MUST be  plastered all over your Instagram page! This place just begs you to take as many photos as you can to capture the iconic “I’m in Heidelberg” picture that focuses on capturing the town from each angle of the Alt Brucke (Old Bridge). 

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I think my phone memory is full with photos from the weekend here…I have an extremely patient boyfriend/photographer…. 

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It was our third time staying in an Airbnb which I cannot recommend enough for a type of accommodation! We always find the coolest places and the hosts we have met so far have been extremely helpful and laid back.

If you would like £25 off your first stay you can use my referral code www.airbnb.co.uk/c/catrionak205

I flew into Baden airport with Ryanair which is an hours drive to Heidelberg and 1.5 hours on the train.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

……my flight was the grand total of £10!!!!!

Yes it was a one way ticket seeing as I was flying back from Stuttgart but £10! I pay more going from Edinburgh to Fife, seriously one way is £11.

If you think about it…..you could fly 900 miles for the price of a takeaway pizza….just a thought….

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We did not arrive in Heidelberg until the evening so after leaving our suitcases in our room for the night we headed into the centre. The weather was INSANE! It was even around 20 degrees at night! Everyone said it was unusual temperatures for the time of year…I guess I brought the sun from Scotland…

We rode on the tram to the town centre which was not the easiest system to work out….I think the machine was broken but we got there in the end and took the bus back! Just a little piece of advice…it may seem obvious…. but PAY ATTENTION to the station you get on from….we had no clue…

By the time we got into the main centre we were eager to find a restaurant quickly! We stumbled upon Perkeo (traditional German cuisine) hidden away in the winding streets. Apparently Perkeo was the Jester that kept the barrel in Alt Schloss (Old Castle) safe. I ordered Maultasche which is a must have when in Southern Germany. It’s similar to ravioli!

Fun Fact – Perkeo consumed 18 bottles of wine on a daily basis but died after drinking a glass of water…

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Heidelberg is a perfect place for a weekend break, it has enough buzz about it with the student bars and coffee shops, but also ideal if you want to see some sights! Unlike my previous weekend in Munich (which I loved) this trip was so much more relaxed.

We did see the famous attractions and landmarks but also had enough time to take it easy and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. However….the weather did make such a HUGE difference and made it more enjoyable to do less. It was 30 degrees during the day which was the ideal weather for stopping for iced coffee and frozen yogurt!

After walking along the riverside into the centre we headed straight towards the Alt Brucke (old bridge) so I could snap the iconic Heidelberg pictures!

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Walking through the winding streets really does make you feel like you are in a fairy- tale, especially at the Schloss Heidelberg  (Castle)!

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Even though all that remains of the castle are it’s ruins it attracts millions of people every year. At many points in the year a beautiful firework display takes place to commemorate the  attacks on the castle in the late 17th Century.

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After exploring the castle we spent our afternoon soaking up the sun at the top of the Philosophenweg (Philosophers Way). This walk is famous because it is known to have inspired many philosophers and writers throughout history! Don’t worry if you are not keen on long walks, it doesn’t take much time to get to the viewpoint at the top and there are many stone-made seating areas during the trail.

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Does it get much more Insta-worthy than this???

We finished our day by soaking up the last rays of sun in a beer gardenwhere I drank the regional Riesling wine of course….

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If Heidelberg is not already on your list of destinations…. I think it’s time to revise that list….

Southern Germany Trip – Colmar and Freiburg

Yes I am aware that Colmar is in France….

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After spending my third day in Karlsruhe we drove 3 hours and stayed in Colmar just over the German/French border. It was another picture perfect town that has somehow managed to escape the modernisation that has tainted many other places due to it’s old town centre being a “protected area”. Colmar should definitely be on your list of travel destinations you are wanting to visit. It is impossible not to be enticed by it’s colourful houses, flower displays , famous wines and intimate dining options. IMG_2407

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When we arrived in Colmar we checked into our hotel for the night (Les Maraichers). Once again I felt like a complete Brit as we entered attempting to speak all the French we knew. The receptionist saw our obvious lack of knowledge and told us that she could speak French, German and English. It was the same everywhere we went in Colmar, everyone could at least speak 2 languages fluently! Really puts my 25% Duolingo German knowledge and mere pass in French at school to shame…

After checking in we walked into the centre of Colmar (only a 15 minute walk) and searched for somewhere to have dinner. We stumbled upon a beautiful looking restaurant…complete with candelabras and lights….so we went in. I promise I didn’t pay attention to the name of the restaurant….but when you are here you must dine in…La Romantica Colmar (as cliché as you can be but the food and atmosphere is amazing)!  I had the traditional Tarte flambée with some recommended local wine by the lovely bilingual waiter.

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IMG_2517In the morning we decided not to have breakfast in the hotel and headed into Colmar. We found this little cafe called Au Croissant Doré that is situated through the arches in the centre of Colmar by the church. The croque monsieur and thick hot chocolate definitely set me up for the day.

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After breakfast we explored Colmar and of course took the postcard perfect snaps at Petite Venise…

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Au revoir Colmar…I’ll be back!

Freiburg

We left Colmar to travel to Freiburg mid afternoon. In hindsight we probably packed in a little to much for my first 5 days in Germany but there was never a dull moment! The drive took only 40 minutes to Freiburg so we were still able to enjoy most of the day there. I have been incredibly lucky on this trip to see many truly enchanting places. This university city takes you back in time, walking through it’s medieval streets, as well as having the famous Black Forest as it’s backdrop!

After wondering into a dozen quirky shops we headed up to the Schlossberg viewpoint overlooking the city on one side and the Black Forest on the other. What a view…I don’t know if it was the time of year but when I went there was always a misty haze over the forests which added to the beautiful landscapes.

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P.S – Rumour has it if you want to marry a Freiburg girl paddle in the streams that flow through the city….

You can’t leave the home of the Black Forest without tasting some of it’s famous cake…..well that was my excuse. Head to Café Schmidt ,this family run business will show you what a true Black Forest Gateau Cake should look like! IMG_2573.JPG