Ich hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren
It’s the song our tour guide in Heidelberg sang to us before she bade goodbye.
Earlier that day we stopped by at the Rhine Falls. It’s like Europe’s Niagara Falls. It’s the largest waterfall in the continent.
We took a couple of staple tourist shots with the Rhine Falls as the background. This was one of the better shots and one of the few shots where in we were all together.
Another stop on our way to Heidelberg was Titisee which is famous for their Black Forest cake and cuckoo clocks.
A slice of the black forest cake was humongous and since we were already full we decided to skip the cake. Apparently the original black forest cake can be traced back to Titisee. The cake was named after the specialty liquor of the area because traditionally the liquor is mixed in the cake.
Instead of a cake I got myself a picture with a big ass bear.
We also watched a demonstration of how to make a cuckoo clock from the ancient simple ones to the modern advanced ones.
Some random things in the store as well.
Souvenir beer steins.
It was late afternoon when we arrived at Heidelberg but we’re in Europe so yes, it was still pretty sunny.
Heidelberg is known for providing one of the best education for higher learning. A lot of people famed for their ideas studied in Heidelberg like our national hero, Jose Rizal. (That’s our tour guide by the way. Sadly I don’t remember her name. I think it was Monica. extremely not sure about that)
During our tour of the city we were taken to the known places where Jose Rizal stayed in Heidelberg. Jose Rizal’s pretty popular in Heidelberg and well celebrated there. The city even has statue of him aside from the plaques.
Heidelberg is said to be a romantic town. It is a very lovely city with it’s cobblestone road and quaint looking buildings. It’s practically surrounded by nature, a river in the middle dividing the residential and commercial area and a forest ringed around the area.
The city is peaceful and bustling with life from a group of people celebrating a wedding at a bar by the sidewalk to a lady playing the accordion at the middle of the street. Looking back it was like a less commercialized Venice minus the canals as well.
We explored the city in an afternoon and it was extremely not enough. We weren’t even able to buy some souvenirs to tokenize the lovely place.
In our walking tour we passed by a few churches.
The one that really stood out was the Jesuit church because it had a statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola who is the patron saint of Ateneo.
One of the most expensive things in the church was the organ. I forgot the story behind it. But it really does look like it’s something awesome.
We went to old house of the first president of Germany, Friedrich Ebert. He came from the humblest of origins. His family used to live in a tiny apartment. We went inside to have a look around and it was really small for a big family. The ceiling was low too. I had a hard time picturing them fitting together.
On the side of the river near Heidelberg’s old bridge there’s a statue of a monkey holding a mirror. Our tour guide said that it was believed that touching the mirror brings fortune while touching the mice brings poverty It was actually fertility, the poverty part come from too much fertility that you become financial unwell, our tour guide tweaked it a bit to add impact maybe.
The Heidelberg castle is visible from the old bridge. It’s up in the mountain and surrounded by trees. The castle was in ruins but I think it still retained its charm. I wish we were able to tour the inside of the castle and it would’ve been lovely to hear an in depth history of the place. It’s been around since 1100s the castle walls has probably witnessed a lot of great stories.
The time we spent in Heidelberg was not enough. I’ll come back for this place maybe as a student of the city (which is a long shot considering I don’t even know how to speak in German and did I forget to mention that only the smartest of the smartest get to study here, so I’ll probably a student of the city in a more life kind of way not officially enrolled in the university.)