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HEIDELBERG: Glorious Autumn Hike, Photography & Festival!

Hosted by the Consul of the Wiesbaden-Mainz Hiking Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 29 Sep 08:35 - 19:30

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It's been two long years since we last hiked in Germany's city of love and inspiration. Let's celebrate the magic and romance of Heidelberg once again! Of course, there is an option to do an overnight in that paradise which each will organize for himself.

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“I lost my heart in HEIDELBERG.”, so the famous German song goes... On Saturday, September 29, Protected content , let Germany's city of sunshine and romance, capture our hearts as we traverse the steep uphills with Protected content elevation, through the Heiligenberg (Saints' Mountain) with captivating vistas of the alluring Neckar river, the historic Old Bridge and Heidelberg Castle.

What :
1) Hike from Heidelberg Kornmarkt – Snake Path – Nazi Thingstätte ampitheater– St. Stephen's Monastery ruins – back to the Marktplatz.
2) Hike up the Heidelberg Castle and back down

When :
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Transportation :
By train
68-euros day ticket for 5 persons excluding IC, ICE and EC trains
(around 14-euros per person with a 5-person group ticket)

By car
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Trail :
Very good level of fitness is required to walk the steep uphills and stairs for 5 kms. followed by around 6kms. gradual downhill. After a late lunch, we walk up either the Protected content or the winding path, both very steep, to the glorious Heidelberg castle.

Party time!
Heidelberg will celebrate their grand autumn festival during this weekend. We can end the day with a meal and a drink at the Heidelberger Herbst.

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Hike description:

SCHLANGENWEG TO THINGSTATTE:
From the Heidelberg Marktplatz, we walk past the picturesque market square then cross the Neckar river through the historic Old Bridge. From here, we gaily trudge up the Schlangenweg's (Snake Path) very steep and winding uphill to reach the Philosopher's Way garden where we will be rewarded with the most glorious views of this marvelous city.

THINGSTATTE TO ST. MICHAEL'S MONASTERY
We continue uphill to the viewing tower and ruins of St. Stephen's monastery. Further up, prepare to be amazed by the Thingstätte, the ampitheater built by the Nazis on ancient Celtic ruins. We then climb the long flight of stairs of the to arrive at the ruins of St. Michael's Monastery built in the year 890.

One has the option to climb up the monastery towers to savor the spectacular scenery. Then we head down on a partly different trail and cross the bridge again toward the castle.

CHURCH TOWER (OPTIONAL) & HEIDELBERG CASTLE
After a late lunch, the Heidelberg castle visit is a must! Before the hike up the castle, we have the option to climb up the church tower for amazing views!

What to bring :
- Plenty of food and drink to take during the hike
- Proper hiking attire. Be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions.
- Money for fare, food and other purchases
- Your pretty smiles!

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Happy trails!