Before we go on though, here is a little background information on the city of Heidelberg and a few of the attractions within...
The Synod of Dort approved the Heidelberg Catechism in 1619, and it soon became the most ecumenical of the Reformed catechisms and confessions. It has been translated into many European, Asian, and African languages and is still the most widely used and warmly praised catechism of the Reformation period."
Following the destruction of the palace in the War of Palatinate Succession (1688-1697), Electors Johann Wilhelm, Karl Philipp and Karl Theodor carried out various restoration measures, although the royal seat had been moved to Mannheim beginning in 1720. A lightning strike in 1764 and the major fire that followed once again reduced the palace to ashes. Since the 19th century, Heidelberg has been famous the world over for the romantic appearance of its palace ruins. "
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The Old Town - "The Old Town of Heidelberg starts from Sofienstrasse and brings you to the castle. In the middle there is the University Area (the oldest university in Germany), the main shopping street (Hauptstrasse) and it includes to famous Karl-Theodor-Bridge / the Old bridge."
The Old Bridge - "Friedrich Hölderlin wrote poems about it, and so did Gottfried Keller. Countless painters have also immortalized it in their works: the Old Bridge, whose real name is the Carl Theodor Bridge after the man who had it built. The bridge’s nine red sandstone arches span the Neckar River and blend harmoniously into their surroundings, framed by the river and mountains.
The Old Bridge is actually relatively young, and was preceded by many older bridges made of wood. The first bridge was recorded at this site in 1284. But like all of the wooden bridges that followed, it eventually fell prey to high water and ice. This finally prompted Prince Elector Carl Theodor – after a major flood with ice had destroyed the last wooden bridge in 1784 – to construct the first stone bridge in 1786-88. Raised bents in its middle allowed water to drain off quickly when the river flooded.
Philosopher's Walk - "The Philosophers’ Walk, or Philosophenweg, in Heidelberg is a walking route which takes you up on the slopes of the hills to the north of the old town. From here, you will get one of the best views of Heidelberg and its castle, and perfect for taking photos. The route was laid out in 1817 and reaches an altitude of 200 metres. It gained its name because the philosophers and lecturers of Heidelberg University were know to walk and talk along this route. Along the route you will find areas of well-kept gardens, with unusual plants and trees. "
- Martin Luther actually visited Heidelberg in 1518 when he came to Heidelberg for the Heidelberg Disputation. While he was there, he visited the castle and later wrote to a friend, George Spalatin, praising the castle's beauty and its defenses.
- General Patton died in a military hospital in Heidelberg on December 21st, 1945 after fatal injuries from a car accident during a hunting expedition.