I read a book which says that the ruins of Heidelberg Castle or Heidelberger Schloss as it is called in German, rank with the Acropolis of Athens and the Palace of Versailles to be among the sights worth seeing in Europe. This castle is also a famous ruin in Germany and considered to be the landmark of Heidelberg. It is also known as the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.
You can reach the castle through a path called Philosophers’ way which takes around 10 minutes walk. Another quicker way is by taking a Bergbahn or a modernized funicular.
This castle fascinates me again during our visit last Nov. 2, 2010 with friends. The colourful autumn leaves in the surroundings made it more beautiful and romantic. Here are some images I took during our visit.
The earliest castle structure was built before AD 1214 and later expanded into 2 castles circa 1294; however, in 1537, a lightning-bolt destroyed the upper castle. The present structures had been expanded by 1650, before damage by later wars and fires. In 1764, another lightning-bolt destroyed some rebuilt sections.