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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

I am way behind on my blog posts! I haven't even had a chance to share about the last stop on our Euro Vacation, Germany. I'll admit, Germany was nothing like what I expected it to be. I pictured it as a cold, gray place and I couldnt have been more wrong. With beautiful hills, greenery, vineyards, and winding roads leading to various German villages, it was definitely a change of pace from the busy city-life of London. The reason for our stop was to visit Bj's sister and her family in Baumholder. Having lived there almost 3 years, they knew all the best places to visit. We managed to jam 5 cities and two countries in our 3 day visit. The first of our many stops in Germany, was Heidelberg.

This picturesque German town sits between two mountains, with a river running through the middle.

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And up in the mountains, looking down on the town lies Heidelberg Castle. 

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 This castle is seriously something out of a fairytale.  

Heidelberg Castle
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I mean seriously......look at the views. 

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Germany Mountains

In the main courtyard, you have access to the winery in the basement. 

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Giant Wine Barrel

After spending some time at the castle, we headed to the opposite side of the river to the mountain facing the castle. At the top of this mountain, we found things a little more dark and serious. Starting with the remains of monastery with tower remains fit for Rapunzel. 

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The monastery marks the entrance to old Nazi rally grounds. The type of place where your hair stands up on your arms. 

Nazi Rally Grounds

What I found to be so creepy, besides the obviously terrifying history of this spot, was how quiet it was. Apart from the other visitors and an awkward couple having a romantic picnic on the steps, it was very quiet.

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At the top of the rally ground steps lies another monastery, or at least what remains of it. 

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To be continued....

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