Sunday, 23 October 2011


For the first time in a very long time, I did not want to get out of bed this morning which is unlike me especially as today we had a castle to see, and I love a good castle me.  I was all warm and snugly, I didn't want to be parted from my Uwe or my duvet.  Neither did the sun as this picture from the balcony demonstrates that she still had her snugly foggy duvet wrapped up tight.

The car thermometer reinforced why I didn't want to get out of bed by reporting it was 0.5 °C, but as we drove through Stuttgart the skies turned blue and the temperature raised to a head 3.5 °C!  It took us about an hour and a half to get there and it had turned into a quite beautiful day.  We managed to park quite easily in the multi story attached to the funicular railway taking us up to the castle, although this was quite by accident but I think we were both pretty relieved when we realised we wouldn't have to walk up by foot.

View from the road below
It cost us €5 each for a return journey to the castle stop and entrance to the courtyard, Apothecary Museum and to see the giant barrel. We didn't go on a guided tour of the castle itself, so I think a future visit would be lovely.  The building varies in style because as with many castles it was in use over many centuries and bits were added and bits crumbled away though attack, accident or lack of repair.

The stonework is ruddier in colour than the greys of castles I've visited back home in England and is certainly very decorative in places.

This seasons latest must have, a bird hat

But there was something even more stunning than the building, the views of Heidelberg and the River Neckar.

Some other treats I saw today included the castle's resident cat, a very large barrel and a stuffed crocodile...

soft kitty, warm kitty...

this wasn't even the large one...

Not sure what stuffed crocs were actually used to cure, not sure I want to find out...
And an extra bonus for everyone a clip from 1980s English slap stick comedy show Hi-de-Hi:


  1. I definitely recommend the castle tour next time you come through! :)

  2. In that case I definitely will! :)