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Days 4-5
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A legendary university town, Heidelberg is the epitome of umpah-pah Germanic good times and a living museum of historic buildings. Redolent of the era of German Romanticism, it has a youthful vibe, thanks to its scads of youthful students.
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  • History
  • Architecture

Experiences

  • The town castle is a layer cake of architectural styles, including Baroque, Renaissance, and Stuart. Kids love its nifty Apothecary Museum, with its mummies and flagons filled with dried beetles.
  • The Alte Brücke bridge spans the Neckar River. Heir to many previous bridges, it picturesquely frames the entrance to the Old Town.

Festivals

  • The Schlossbeleuchtung, or "Castle Illuminations", is a fireworks show that happens in early June, July, and September.
  • At the end of June, the Castle Festival includes music and dancing at the Schloss.

Side Trips

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