Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-18-2018, 03:29 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
funkill's Avatar

 
1973 27' Overlander
reno , NV
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,456
Images: 27
Off Topic --- Heidleberg

Hi all,

Work is taking me to Heidleberg (via Frankfurt) in a few weeks and I could extend my business trip 2-3 days to sight-see - or take a short excursion. I'll be traveling alone, though not overly worrisome, just intimidating at times.

Anyone have suggestions on what I might do that is RELAXING? Not really looking to hit all the attractions in 2-days, just something nice - pick a basecamp for 3-days and tool around. Octoberfest will certainly be on my list - as well as the castle and the old town.

Cheers,
Laura
__________________

__________________
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
FunKee - and the Silver Olive
1973 27' Overlander
2006 F-150 Lariat QuadCrew
AIR 31804
WBCCI 10718
funkill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 04:09 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
funkill's Avatar

 
1973 27' Overlander
reno , NV
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,456
Images: 27
And I'm open to a flight to a neighboring city.... was thinking Paris but honestly, that's too much stress for me and I have too little time to dive in and plan this.... sigh.

And I guess I could head back to Frankfurt and just settle in for a few days. Haven't even looked at the options here....
__________________

__________________
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
FunKee - and the Silver Olive
1973 27' Overlander
2006 F-150 Lariat QuadCrew
AIR 31804
WBCCI 10718
funkill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 04:30 PM   #3
Keen amature
 
martin300662's Avatar

 
1975 20' Argosy 20
Chestfield , Kent
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 2,517
Heidelberg is quite nice, visit the Schloss buy a cuckoo clock from the market etc

Typical German riverside 'city' plenty of history and sights to see.

Keep in mind Octoberfest is really the last week in September not October and bigger in Bavaria but there will see plenty of places offering the tourist version, which is actually much more civilized than the real-thing!
martin300662 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2018, 06:08 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Hittenstiehl's Avatar
 
1962 28' Ambassador
1961 19' Globetrotter
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 3,693
Images: 9
Having lived in both places (although it has been quite a while) there will be plenty to keep you busy for 2 to 3 days but that depends on what you like to do. Most older German towns are very compact in their tourist areas and you can walk from one attraction to another with very little problem.

You specified relaxing so maybe going from one tourist attraction to another is not what you would find relaxing.

In Heidelberg the easily done attractions are the Old Town, Castle, the Neckar River and Old Town Bridge. If you want a nice hike the Philosopher's way across the river. They have beautiful farmers marketplaces.

In Frankfort you'll have more of a modern Skyscape, Technology & Finance hub. Again there will be an old town which is called the Romer the Saint Bartholomew's Cathedral, St. Paul's Church, the zoo and a Palm Garden, Goethe Museum.

Oktoberfest is Sept 22 to Oct 6th. Munich is of course the place to experience Oktoberfest but every town will have their version. The crowds won't be maddening and the security won't be as tight and the beer is just as good.

Berlin is always a nice choice if you want lots to see and want to go somewhere other than Heidelberg or Frankfurt. in Berlin you can get on one of the tourist buses with your headphones and get off at any attraction you want to see spend as much time there and get back on the next bus as it cycles through. Dresden is also a beautiful city and you see part of the old and the new. Cologne would also get my vote.

In the south, Salzburg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein would all be beautiful places to go.

You go see Airstream of Germany in Merenberg, north of Frankfurt and take a tour.


Eat Brotchen, Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Pommes, Schnitzel, drink lots of German beer or wine. They tend to like to stop in the afternoon for coffee, tea and a sweet. Ketchup will taste a little different, typically don't get water at a meal unless you ask for it and even then it would likely not have ice cubes in it. I've never heard of anybody flying from one City to another in Germany but I'm sure that's quite common now. The Autobahn is not intimidating, they don't run you off the road. They drive briskly in the left lane and many times only use it to pass. If they flash their headlights at you which they're not supposed to do anymore that means they are asking you to merge to the right NOW. Always year to the right. Learn 4 or 5 words and then everybody will be glad to speak English with you.

Sorry for the ramble, sounds like I'd be glad to go with you, I really miss it.
__________________

Hittenstiehl
Hittenstiehl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2018, 05:25 AM   #5
"Hey, I know you!"
 
Boog's Avatar
 
2012 23' Flying Cloud
Irmo , South Carolina
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 196
Images: 10
Blog Entries: 3
I visited Germany in 1985 and my two favorite places were Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Neuschwanstein. It's a couple of hours from Heidelberg to Rothenburg and a couple more from Rothenburg to Neuschwanstein - and that puts you close to Munich.
__________________
https://thisoldcamper.com/
Boog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2018, 06:06 AM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
2016 23' International
Loudon , Tennessee
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 30
Having spent 12 years in Germany, for a relaxing dinner in the city of Ladenburg, 5 minutes north of Heidelberg off A5 towards Frankfurt is a restaurant call Die Kartoffel (The Potato). They bring your meat (either steak, fish, or turkey) on a hot stone and it cooks right in front of you to your liking with a huge baked potato and 3 meat dipping sauces. Here is the trip advisor link https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura...rttemberg.html

Again great restaurant especially if you like steak!
tomquinnjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2018, 08:31 AM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
2004 30' Classic
Hillsborough , New Jersey
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 192
Quote:
Originally Posted by funkill View Post
And I'm open to a flight to a neighboring city.... was thinking Paris but honestly, that's too much stress for me and I have too little time to dive in and plan this.... sigh.

And I guess I could head back to Frankfurt and just settle in for a few days. Haven't even looked at the options here....



I was born in Heidelberg and went to school there. I have taken many small groups over to Germany and have taken them to the following places:

1. Take the funicular from the main square from which you can see the castle ( Schloss) up to the castle. You get a nice view of the town and the Neckar River. There is also a museum in the castle. The worlds largest wooden wine casket is in the Schloss. It even has a dance floor on it.

2. Heidelberg was never bombed so you pretty much see buildings that are original. The University has been in existence since 1386. It is the oldest University in Germany.
There is even a student prison for those students who got too drunk and rowdy. There is some interesting graffiti on the walls.

Mark Twain visited Heidelberg many times because he loved the area. He stayed in a hotel not far from the entrance to the castle.

3. If you want to rent a car you can take a beautiful drive along the Rhine. Go down one side and then drive back on the other side. There are plenty of pretty villages located on both sides. You can also take a 2 hour Rhine cruise through the prettiest area. Start in Ruedsheim and take the cruise down river then take a train back to where you left the car.

4. I would skip Frankfurt. It was rebuilt with mostly "modern" buildings ( at the time) and it lacks the charm that Heidelberg has and those villages along the Rhine.

5. Some other good tips were listed on other posts. Rothenburg is worth going to. If you don't have a car, you can take a train but make sure it isn't the "bummelbahn" - ie. the local!!! Neuschwanstein is too far from Heidelberg.( My opinion)


Wolf






Wolf
wolf146 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2018, 09:26 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
1976 31' Sovereign
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,582
Blog Entries: 1
I don't no if the burning of the schloss in Heidelberg is still done but it is very nice display and the water fall effect on the bridge at same time is very impressive. One other thing not mentioned previous post is Worms where Martin Luther posted proclamation for Luthern religion on door of catholic church. Church was destroyed in war but site is well marked and history posted. [If I remember the frame work and door was standing 62 yrs. ago, may be more memorial now] A lot of Ger. towns [cities] have own festivals, such as Spier festival fest [spelling may be wrong as stated was there 62 yrs. ago]. 1957 1958.
featherbedder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2018, 07:23 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
funkill's Avatar

 
1973 27' Overlander
reno , NV
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,456
Images: 27
This is fantastic! Thank you all for your suggestions! I just booked my flights and will be making my plans based on these recommendations.



FunKee
__________________
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
FunKee - and the Silver Olive
1973 27' Overlander
2006 F-150 Lariat QuadCrew
AIR 31804
WBCCI 10718
funkill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2018, 07:40 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
urnmor's Avatar
 
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Berlin , Maryland
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 1,364
In the south, Salzburg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein would all be beautiful places to go. Are you driving?
These are all beautiful places to visit however the drive can with todays traffic can take a day so with your limited time I agree with others stay local. The castle alone can take you most part of the day especially if you walk up to it. As to places to eat my wife and I always enjoyed the guest houses. Locally own. The food is basic German so you will more then likely get the best schnitzel and pomp fritz in them. If in fact you are driving be sure to visit the local towns around Heidelberg Lot of great history and old castles
urnmor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2018, 09:30 PM   #11
Half a Rivet Short
 
2017 30' Classic
Carlisle , Pennsylvania
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 6,238
Hi

I'm not at all sure I would call Munich during Octoberfest "relaxing". Most people find it quite the opposite. I'd kick back and enjoy Heidelberg. It's a pretty laid back town. Good beer and a lot of stuff in walking distance of a downtown hotel.

Bob
uncle_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2018, 07:18 AM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
MikeandCarol's Avatar
 
Fair Oaks Ranch , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 62
Like so many others, we spent many years living in Europe (Germany, France, Belgium). Our last home there was in Heidelberg. I recommend not trying to do too much in just a few days. Take at least a day to wander the old town (altstadt) and then stroll up to the Heidelberg castle. You’ll have a great view of the city and the Neckar river. The weather should still be nice so you can enjoy a cold beer sitting at an outdoor table. Prost! Mike
__________________

__________________
2016 Oliver Legacy Elite II #135
2016 Ram 1500 5.7L
MikeandCarol is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Off-off topic request CanoeStream Fun & Games 11 01-09-2008 11:50 AM
"Off Topic" forum location... Andy R Forum Admin, News and Member Account Info 4 03-26-2002 11:10 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:09 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.