The Heidelberg Castle grounds are one of my favorite spots to stroll. When I was just a young babe in a Kinderwagen, my mother posed for a now-iconic family photograph at the castle’s main overlook spot (Scheffelterrasse), with me in tow. Twenty years after that shot was snapped, I moved from the United States — back to Germany — into a Heidelberg apartment almost visible among the terracotta roofs in that original photograph.
Realizing my connection to this romantic spot, my husband proposed atop an elegant stone bench nearby several years ago. Later that year, we were married in the castle’s chapel following a Doctor Zhivago-esque snowfall. My teeth still chatter thinking about it, but I’m warmed by the memories of that incredible night.
One needn’t have so many historical connections to this castle and grounds to realize how special the spot is. Indeed, others have lost their hearts there too.
Where in the World?
Have you been to Heidelberg? What spots did you find to be the most memorable there? Can you recommend other lovely locales throughout your corner of the world that hold a special place for you?
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