Germany is known for many castle ruins that serve as glimpses into the country’s lengthy, storied past. One of the notable examples is Heidelberg Castle, which is considered as one of the country’s most important Renaissance structures. While it is said that the castle has been frequented by strangers as far back as 1465, the Heidelberg Castle did not become a touris attraction until the start of the 19th century. The castle was used as a frequent subject for pictures that served the function of early postcards, due to the beautiful yet mysterious allure of the structure.
The most recognizable part of this castle is he main gate, which will take visitors across a stone bridge and a ditch that is only partially filled-in. There was originally a watch house in it, but it was destroyed during the War of the Grand Alliance and has since been replaced by a round-arched entrance gate. There is also a gate to the left of the main entrance, but it is closed by way of a drawbridge.
The Heidelberg Castle is also home to The Upper Prince’s Fountain, which was built in honor of Prince Karl Phillip and is situated at the gate near the fountain house, which also bears his monogram. The monogram includes the date 1738 chiseled in its stone.
People who enjoy the night are advised to check out the Schlossbeleuchtung, or Castle Lighting. It is held during the first Saturdays in June and September, as well as the second Saturday of July. This display of beautiful fireworks is done in honor of the three times when the castle was burned down, two of which is due to the war with the French, and the third one being a freak incident involving a stray lightning.
Tourists can get to the castle via bike, car, walking, or funicular. The car method might be the most comfortable for people, but is generally discouraged because there’s a shortage of parking spaces. Biking is the next best thing as it takes away the strenousness involved with walking, while also providing scenic view of the way to the castle.