Thursday, May 28, 2015

Heidelberg Castle


One of the most ancient castles in Germany, Heidelberg Castle was constructed in 1300 and a former home of several Prince Electors. It is located on the hill, about 300 feet above the city of Heidelberg.

This is one of the most breathtaking landmarks in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg to visit.

The castle garden, built in 1616, served as a tribute of Prince Elector Friedrich V to his wife, Elisabeth. It was dubbed as the masterpiece garden during that period due to its elegant landscape. Built on several terraces, the garden was made of flower beds, mazes, arbours, waterfalls, sculptures, a heated greenhouse with orange trees, large ponds and a grotto for musical water arts.

In 18th century, during the reign of Prince Elector, Karl Theodor, the Heidelberg Tun, known as the world's largest wine barrel, was built to be used as the repository of wine taxes paid by the wine growers in the Palatine. The barrel can hold up to 58, 214 gallons of wine. It has a dance floor built on top of the barrel. 

The castle has a unique museum called Apothecary museum, visitors will learn the history of pharmacy at this museum as it showcases complete collections of pharmaceutical laboratories, pharmacopoeias, flasks, mortars, vessels and over 1,000 raw drugs used between 17th and 19th centuries.

There's one interesting activity organized in Heidelberg Castle every first Saturday of June and second Saturday of July, the Castle Lighting or the Schlossbeleuchtung and fireworks display. This activity is done to commemorate the fire incidents in he castle during earlier times.

The best recommended way of visiting the castle is either funicular or walking. If you choose funicular: Here's how: Walk to a Kornmarkt or you may take bus 11 or 33 for Kornmarkt, take the Bergbahn stop up to the first stop - the castle. If you choose walking: Walk through Burgweg which is next to Kornmarkt, it is a path that will lead you to the castle.The path splits to two, the short route and the scenic route, just follow signs pointing your way to the castle.

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