St Michael's Monastery Ruins
You can walk up to the top of the towers.
View from the top. All I could think was that in the US, everything would be cordoned off and behind fences. It was great to wander the ruins freely.
Looking across at the lower tower.
On my way back down, the rain has lightened a bit and I get a clearer view of the theater.
...and the trash. Still smoldering giant bonfires, including one on the stage.
View from the stage
Looking out from behind the stage
On the way back down - it's clearing a little bit.
Walking back down the cobblestone path towards the river
The castle and castle grounds across the river
After a cold and wet hike, how about some warm sausages and fresh beer?
A hop wreath hanging from the ceiling. Cool!
Inside Vetter on May Day
Yay, another maibock!
Weisswurst and warm mustard. Mmm.
And fried potatoes. My favorite.
After lunch I walked up the stairs to the castle.
Heidelberg Castle Grounds
On Friday I worked out of the SAP apphaus in Heidelberg. Nice office!
Friday evening I decided to take another walk up the steps to the Castle grounds.
Beautiful homes, with a crumbling castle tower in the background.
Up the steps. Someone hand painted numbers on each step, but most had faded away. 400, maybe?
View of Heiligenberg, yesterday's hike, from the Heidelberg Castle Grounds
Panorama of Heidelberg from the castle
The castle had several eras of building, meaning lots of styles and lots of history.
Castle wall layers
Heidelberg Castle Grounds, crumbling tower
Heidelberg Castle from the gardens
Heiligenberg and the Neckar river
Heading back down the steps into town
Snowballs (schneeballen), a local-ish treat. I compare them to the fudge that's popular for tourists in my home town. Doesn't matter: yummy.
Most of Lufthansa's Airbus 380s were parked across from my plane at the Frankfurt airport. Those beasts are huge!
Flying over Hudson Bay
Almost home: Mount Shasta in the distance.