A week spent crossing France, the Pyrenees, The Dordognes, and then to Karlsruhe.
On the outer castle walls looking at the ruins.
This is what the castle originally looked liked. Note the extensive gardens built onto terraces behind the castle. It must have been quite the sight in the 1600's!!
Another huff 'n puff up to the famous "Philosophenweg" (philosophers' trail) where famous German philosophers walked and talked in the past when there was still time for such things!!
Autobahn car crash with rescue helicopter just ahead of us, as we're going from Sarlat to Karlsruhe - a 3 hour wait but unscathed!!!
View from the castle across the old part of Heidelberg into the new. Note the river Neckar!
The inner courtyard of the castle!
View of old Heidelberg and castle from the Philosopher's Trail!
The medieval castle ruin of Heidelberg.
Another look at the walk up to the castle.
A Renaissance Facade of the castle - note that there is nothing behind it but sky!!
A famous philosopher we all know and love!!
Note the traffic free streets - as in most old parts of European cities - it's sooooo nice!!
The slog up to the castle!
This barrel from the 1600's is thought to be one of the largest in the world!
An old city gate!
Heidelberg's iconic castle ruin. This majestic castle was destroyed by various wars and fire in the 1600's. It has been partially restored, but was once the largest and best in Europe!
I made it to the castle - barely!
The restored part of the castle.
The old bridge across the Neckar leading to the old part of Heidelberg with the castle on the left.
The old town of Heidelberg!