Yes, I know it’s “Touring France” but we do travel to other places, and this time we took two guests/friends to Germany and Austria.
First stop Heidelberg. What a beautiful old part of the city, and we were staying at the Hotel Hackteufel, just down the cobbled street from the Alte Brucke. Our room was at the top of a tiny staircase, in the attic – but what an attic! A view of the Schloss Heidelberg from one of the windows, a huge room and bathroom, and a really comfortable bed – and air-conditioning! Very necessary with temperatures in the high thirties.
We had raced from Paris after we picked up the van, because we wanted to see the fireworks display from the bridge in the evening. It was amazing! We wandered down along the river to where we could see both the Schloss and the bridge. First, the Schloss was gradually lit up until it appeared as if it was being consumed by flames, then the fireworks started. I love fireworks!
The guests visited the Schloss in the morning and had an extensive wander around the old town in the afternoon,before we went to an organ recital in the church in the early evening. The general consensus was that we weren’t so enamoured by the heavy cacophonous music of Bach (we didn’t expect it from him, I suppose), but did enjoy a couple of the lighter pieces.
Lots of tourists around, but we didn’t feel overwhelmed by them. Our only problem was parking the van. It isn’t over 2.00 metres high, but we couldn’t get into any of the parking buildings, so after we had been driving around for about an HOUR or more, we finally found a park in a rather dubious-looking area by the bus station, for which we paid 15 euros per day! It was about 15 minutes walk from the hotel, so we felt we needed to go back the next morning to check on it … but all was well.
So, a big tick for Heidelberg!