Flying out of SFO, you get a great view on a clear day!
I arrived in Germany on a Sunday morning after an 11 hour flight. I didn't want to go to sleep and prolong the jetlag, so I decided a nice long walk along the Neckar River in Heidelberg would help.
View across the Neckar to old town
Walking an old path along the river.
The old bridge and the castle
Crossing back to old town across the bridge
A magical place with all kinds of infused liquors. Mmm.
A late lunch at Vetter. Maibock (so good) and some weinerschnitzel with fried potatoes. Mmm.
People watching from Vetter
It's a touristy place - I heard more Japanese, English, and French than German.
The famous Vetter 33. After my late lunch, I made it back to my hotel room and stayed awake until dark. Jetlag begone!
A rainy May Day in Heidelberg
Today's goal is to hike Heiligenberg, the peak currently in the rain clouds.
The tucked-away start of the trail. A twisty cobblestone path to the philosophers way.
Walking up the slick wet cobblestone path
Eventually the path meets up with the Philosopher's Way, a wide path that contours around the mountain.
The Philosopher's Way - not much of a view today.
Every once in a while the clouds clear and I get a peek at the river, the old bridge, and the old town.
I turn off the Philosopher's Way up a path into the foggy forest.
There were several shelters along the way.
View from up higher. My hotel is down there somewhere.
Foggy German forest.
At the Thingstatte, near the summit of the mountain. Tons of trash from the prior night's Walpurgisnacht celebration.
Built in the mid 30s, used as a propaganda theater through WWII. Now used for outdoor concerts and parties.
Looks like it was quite a party last night.
Continuing up the stairs to the top of the mountain...
A fews steps beyond the theater, this gate appears. Just beyond is are the ruins of the St Michael Monastery.
The ruins in the fog.
The monastery was founded in 1023, and built atop the ruins of a Roman temple.
St Michael's Monastery Ruins
Holy cow there are giant snails in Germany!