What have you found disappointing in your travels?
When we climbed the Cologne Cathedral, we were not deterred by the “no lift – no joke” sign nor the daunting prospect of 533 steps. As we ascended, we got ever loftier views of the city below, and we were mesmerized by the small ants going about their business below.
The Heidelberg monkey is a must-visit for those in town. It is said touching the gold disk will bring fortune, rubbing the fingers ensures a return to Heidelberg, and stroking the nearby bronze mice will improve fertility.
After a long day of exploring Heidelberg – complete with pretzels and beer – it was hard to stay out after the sun went down. However, a trip to the top of the Philosopher’s Way for sunset guaranteed we’d see the city at night.
In case you didn’t know already, I am a real sucker for ruins! I love the decay of what once was and imagining what it might have looked like in its prime. I love exploring the crumbling walls and admiring how nature is slowly reclaiming what is hers.
One of our favorite parts about visiting historic towns in Germany is these adorable tiny streets! Obviously better for pedestrians, we were also surprised to see commuting buses thunder between these tight buildings. It was really quite a sight! We prefer the car-free walkways. Much quieter and just as charming!
What’s Germany without a few pretzels! Ranging in size and flavor, we tried a variety of these quintessential snacks. We had them large and doughy like a bagel, stuffed with meats and cheeses. We had them thin and crunchy, caramelized and rolled in sliced almonds. And of course we had the classic soft and salty.
The Main Tower is a really cool way to take in the sights of the city of Frankfurt, Germany (and it was discounted with the Frankfurt Card). This 200m skyscraper is the fourth tallest in Germany (the other top three tallest buildings are also in Frankfurt), and it’s the only one with a public viewing deck.
The town of Heidelberg is magical with its historic old town. With a hilltop castle and views along the Nekar river, we were completely blown away. There is something special about this place that made us feel like we were in a fairytale. The cobblestone streets and medieval architecture were a pleasant view into old Germany. It is a wonderful place for a romantic holiday and the perfect fairytale town.