29 November 2009

First view of the castle

Here is one of the first views that you will see after you get off of that vertical train. (I should have taken a picture of the inside of it as you go up stairs in the train!) As you walk along you finally realize that you are way up on the mountain side.

This bridge is on just about every Heidelberg postcard out there. It is really amazing seeing it in person after seeing it on postcards!!

Here you can see part of the castle ruins.

The figures built into the side of the walls are simply amazing.

This is where they were doing some reconstruction.

Is this not amazing? Just look at the different sections and how old the stone looks. Plus the (what would you call it?) carved stone banister, oh the time that it took to do all of that work!

The next few pictures show how far down it goes

Look at the house which was pretty big just by itself with the connecting bridge to the castle, perhaps a gatekeeper?

You can really see how thick these walls are here.

So are you impressed? Just these few pictures would make you think....this is a really big castle. But wait! This is only a teeny tiny section of it! I'll have more in another post which is even more impressive and really makes you wonder....how in the world did they heat the thing!!!!


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Ulrike.... oooh the castle is so enchanting.... and yes, it looks very big... I would so love to visit there one day... can't wait to see more of your fairytale pictures... love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

comfrey cottages said...

oh my how amazingly gorgeous:) every castle had their own medicinal gardens and sill room. i wonder if those were pointed out to you? when you look at the castle now it is a bit hard to imagine when it was just full of people! the ride to it had to be a blast! love these pics ulrike! i think those folks were alot hardier than we are! lol even with fireplaces throughout it had to be soooo cold there in the winter. big hugs and thanks dear:)

Madelief said...

Hi Ulrike,

I am impressed indeed. The castle look very old and interesting! I look forward the rest of the pictures.

Happy day!

Lieve groet,


Anonymous said...

Hi Ulrike!
There is nothing like this here in the States, so it is a joy to be able to see what you share. This is all so amazing and very beautiful. And I have absolutely no idea how they would heat it! :)

I look forward to reading & seeing more!


Expat Traveler said...

I'm very impressed. The view is incredible and I just cannot even imagine what it looks like in Fall!

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