Here we are on our third day on the tour. Today kicks off the first full day of touring the city of Heidelberg. We started off with a quick bus tour through the newly renovated parts of town where we saw the oldest university in Germany, Heidelberg University. The campus was quite impressive and we even had the chance to pass by their cancer research center where our tour guides humorously said that’s what Bridget and I do for a living. Didn’t help that we saw a few Biosafety Cabinets as we passed.
After our quick bus tour, we soon departed for the historic portion of Heidelberg. There, we had the opportunity to view Heidelberg’s Catholic and Protestant churches. Turns out both occupied the same church at the same time but were sequestered off by a brick wall that has since come down.
After a quick prayer in the churches, we soon headed off to tour the local government administration building where we were informed about a civil service door used for young couples wanting to get married. Needless to say, we did not tie the knot but we did capture a photo of the door leading to the room where the ceremonies took place.
From there, we made our way up to the historic Heidelberg castle, the home of nobility of Heidelberg. We took a tram car up the mountain and soon were amazed by the sight of the castle. Not only was it in good condition but it offered an amazing view of the town.
With all the sightseeing, we decided to head back to the Heidelberg markets where Bridget bought some children’s books so we can practice our German. Not to mention that we ate like the locals at the Zum Weißen Schwanen where we enjoyed some more German food!
At the end of the day, Bridget and I decided to do some late night sightseeing of Heidelberg where we witnessed downtown city and more of Heidelberg University.
We are now en route to Switzerland as we travel through the Rhine Valley. We will make a pit stop at the Black Forest and the Rhine Falls. More to come!!
With a short ride, we have made it to Heidelberg! Below are the photos of what are hotel room looks like:
Needless to say, Bridget and I were exhausted from our long flight but we made the final push to do some sightseeing in Heidelberg. We started off by sitting down with the whole tour group, with 28 people from all over the country, to get acclimated with our tour itinerary. We all went out to a delicious restaurant, called Palmbraü, where we had some pork steak and potatoes. I have to admit that was some of the best pork and potatoes that I ever had! Below are some of the photos from Palmbraü:
After a delicious meal, we were able to spend some time traveling around the Heidelberg Christmas Market. We found everything from chocolate foods, mulled wine, artisan woodwork, and numerous nick nacks that could burn a hole in your wallet.
We ended up getting the following goodies during our time this past evening:
With a final note, we will be preparing for the full tour within the Heidelberg castle and the town of Heidelberg itself. More photos and adventures to come!
Today is the day! The moment we’ve all been waiting for as we leave the United States to travel to Frankfurt, Germany. All of our bags are packed and we our flight has been confirmed.
Our flight is through the German airline, Lufthansa, and it will be a 6.5 hour flight. Thankfully we did not have to upgrade our seats since it was a light flight. Otherwise we are looking at a €400 upgrade for each of us to get to Premium Economy seats.
During the flight, we had the chance to watch the movie, Tolkien, to learn about the backstory of J.R.R. Tolkien as he fought in WWI and used his experiences to write The Hobbit. Our meal included a premade turkey meal with stuffing, salad, and a cheesecake brownie. Needless to say, both Bridget and I were appreciative for a meal while we flew overnight. We arrived in Frankfurt in a light rain storm and noticed that there was a strong chill in the air. Unlike Pennsylvania, winter is definitely in full swing here in Germany.
After meeting up with our tour director, Atto, we had the chance to learn more about the country with some surprising facts. Chief among them being the fact that you had to pay to use public restrooms in most areas. In the United States, that seems unheard of to many. We also noticed that Germany is very big in including both German and English words on all of their signs and posters. Atto explained that almost all Germans are required to take English classes during their education.
As we write this post, we are on our way to Heidelberg for the first leg of our journey. Stay tuned for our next post on our adventures in Heidelberg!
Hi folks! For those wanting to follow our schedule, please refer to the EF GoAheadTours itinerary so you can see all of the exciting places that we will travel. I hope you will have as much fun as we will in our first trip abroad to Europe!
Welcome everyone! As Bridget and I travel across the world, we wanted to capture these moments in time to provide a glimpse into the adventures we embarked on and allow our friends and family to see the amazing sites that this beautiful planet offers. Join us as we publish daily posts from our adventures!