Pursuing Xmas markets: Karlsruhe/Heidelberg
Hi! Once again, it's that time of the year when the days are freezing cold and the nights are long.... but we can counter the winter effects by walking and pursuing warm mugs of gluhwein!
Shall we organize the traditional early December journey to the German Xmas markets? After hitting Bad Wimpfen Protected content , Gengenbach Protected content , Ravenna Schlucht Protected content , Donaueschingen/Strasbourg Protected content , Ulm/Augsburg Protected content Lower Swabia Protected content , this year let's head up to the Karlsruhe region (which is on the north-west side of Baden Wurttemberg) and pursue castles and Xmas markets along the Neckar and Nagold rivers.
A broad plan so far is:
December Protected content for lunch in Singen and possibly visit its Xmas market, then travel on to Karlsruhe. If we have energies left, we'll exit Baden Wurttemberg and enter Palatinate, in time to witness the dazzling "Altportel in Flammen" show in Speyer, which sees the tower gate bursting into flames...or, actually, into fireworks.
Once we're done with the Unesco heritage town of Speyer, we'll head back to Karlsruhe (alternatively, if we're too tired for the side trip to Speyer, we can spend Thursday evening at the medieval market of Durlach, Karlsruhe)
December Protected content such a hectic Thursday, Friday will be relaxing: the idea is to catch a train to Heidelberg (which is just 40' away) and walk along the Philosopher Trail. We'll spend the day in Heidelberg and the evening in Karlsruhe
December Protected content still have to decide whether it's nicer to visit Maulbronn monastery and Pforzheim's golden market or head south to Freudenstadt or east to Burg Hohenzollern+Tubingen (lots of doubts here!), for now we booked a night in Nagold, as it's in the center of the Pforzheim-Freudenstadt-Tubingen triangle
December Protected content Nagold and either relax in its pools or discover the castle and the legend of Ursula. In the afternoon we'll head back to Zurich, where a Xmas market with singing tree awaits us.
** how to get to Karlsruhe, and how to come back alive **
For now, those are the booked trains (they should be booked as soon as possible, if you come from Italy and wish to land those 20 euro tickets):
** December 7th, Protected content
Chiasso ab 09:27
Singen(Hohentwiel) an 13:30 (via Zurich)
** December 10th, Protected content
Singen(Hohentwiel) -> Chiasso 16:32 – 21:46 (via Zurich)
Both Chiasso-Singen and Singen-Chiasso journeys should cost 20 euro, provided you book them on Protected content
Accommodation-wise, we're thinking of staying 2 nights in Karlsruhe (hotel Greif) and 1 night in Nagold.
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