Monday, June 4, 2012

The Flaming Castle

Lori and I ventured up to Heidelberg this past weekend to see a fantastic visual display called Schloss in Flammen, in Heidelberg.  Meaning "Castle in Flames," the event is an interesting commemoration of its very destruction by the French in 1693.  Portions of the castle date back to 1214 AD, however it has been destroyed by lightening and wars alike over the centuries with rebuilding periods in between.  Portions of the castle are considered to be an ideal example of German Renaissance architecture. 

View of Castle Ruins from a City Square
Shell of its Former Self
A Perfect Place for an American-German Wedding
Great View of the Castle before the Show

The castle, which sits atop a hill above the city, looks down on a pedestrian bridge.  This bridge is where they shoot off fireworks in concert with the castle's light/firework display.  The combined show is mesmerizing and unforgettable. 

The Castle has just been "Shot" by fireworks from the bridge below and is now ablaze

The Bridge, Mid-Show


Heidelberg itself is known as a city for romantics because of its baroque architecture and picturesque city streets.  We walked the main pedestrian street lined with shops, cafes, bars, and bakeries.  Luckily, the vast majority of the city escaped damage from World War II, thus preserving this 1,300+ year old city.

View up the hill

The Neckar River

The Romantic City of Heildelberg


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