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My Interrail Trip | First Location: Heidelberg

Our travels through Europe started off in Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a small city located on the banks of the river Rhine in the south west Germany. We took the international train from Utrecht to Mannheim on Sunday morning before transferring onto a local train to Heidelberg. We arrived there around midday and spent all afternoon discovering as much as possible of Heidelberg. We only had one afternoon there, the next morning we would be on a train again, towards Italy and Switzerland.

Heidelberg is absolutely beautiful. Both me and Ella fell in love with it immediately. It is both a touristic city as it is a charming town that feels small. The hills surrounding the place are stunning with big woods covering the hills on both sides of the river and with a castle, located near the city centre. Here are a few things you should definitely do when you ever have a change to visit:
  • Visit the main town square. Heidelberg has a small centre, with just one big shopping street and a main square. If you want to get a feel of what Heidelberg is all about, you should go here, because it's the heart of the city. For us it didn't feel like a city at all, because of the small city centre. It's more like a small town.
  • Go on to the bridge. From the bridge you have a beautiful view of the city centre, the river and the castle all in one. You can walk to the other side too, where Neustadt is.
  • Walk along the river and have a picnic. What I would definitely suggest, is to take a stroll along the river on the Neustadt side. There are big grassy banks along that side, where you can take your shoes of and sit and relax for a while. Maybe have a picnic? We didn't at the time, because it started to rain, but there were lots of people who were having a picnic and it seemed really nice.

  • Take a hike up to the castle. From the castle you have a stunning view of the city and the river. It is a bit of a hike to get there, but it is definitely worth it. We spent some time wandering through the gardens once we were up there and I think it's one of my favourite places we visited during our trip. It was very peaceful and calm and the view was absolutely stunning. So definitely a recommendation!

What not to do while you are in Heidelberg?

  • Have dinner at McDonalds. Stupid, stupid mistake! We swore of McDonalds after that for the rest of our holiday. We should have just gone up to the city centre again and should have found a place to eat there, but by the time we finally found a hostel for the next night, it was after 8 and we were hungry. The only place close was McDonalds.
  • Walk to the city centre twice. Our hostel was quite far away from the city centre, about 3km I think and we thought it would be a good idea to walk there twice. That is about 12km in total in one day, not even counting the walk the up to the castle and along the river. We should have just stayed in the city centre or taken the bus, because having to walk back 3 kilometer at midnight is not fun.

Nonetheless Heidelberg was amazing. I would encourage anyone to check it out, because it's stunning and served a perfect first location for our trip. The next day we left Heidelberg and spent the day traveling through Switzerland. Bring on the rest!
And if you want to know more about Heidelberg, you should check out theoverseasescape.com. Margo lived there together with her husband for two years and has some awesome recommendations.

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  1. Wow, sorry I seem like I'm stalking your blog but you take lovely pictures that make me wish I was there at the very instant. I'm such a sucker for anything that looks 'medievally'. What a beautiful copper place!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

    1. It's totally ok. I feel like I'm doing that all the time to other blogs too. It's just so easy to start scrolling and never stopping. But thank you so much :) I love my camera, it's so awesome for taking pictures.

      Heidelberg is absolutely beautiful, you should definitely try and visit. We were only there for an afternoon so I'd love to return.


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