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Return to the Philosophenweg (Philosophers’ Way) on Memorial Day

Heading to the other bridge

On Memorial Day, we spent the day out in Heidelberg. The main goal was to get some pictures for my military installation review for Handling With Grace since I did not have any of me in the city, which had been requested. I planned to get one on the Old Bridge, which I did, but I also wanted to wander the city and go up to the Philosophenweg now that I had a better camera. (We had gone once before in the winter, and I had been using my Droid X as a camera.) We parked on post near the PX and walked into town. I thought we were going to go to the Old Bridge first, but my husband headed toward the other one.

Looking from this bridge over to the Old Bridge.

I had mentioned not really wanting to take the original route up the Schlangenweg (winding path) even though it was faster and we could come down through the neighborhood. I realized that the neighborhood was where my husband was headed. Going up the mountain through the neighborhood seemed to take longer than the winding path and was definitely a harder walk than coming down that way. It was a hot walk and I hadn’t worn my hair up. I wished I’d brought a ponytail, but then that would have messed up my hair for the pictures if I had.

I mentioned before that I thought the hike up the winding path was the easiest way. It is logistically, and it is faster, but it is more physically demanding because it’s more steep with uneven ground. In that way, going through the neighborhood was easier. Alternatively you could do what we did the first time and hike up the winding path but follow the residential road down.

The day we went, my allergies were acting up and it was even worse once we reached the Philosophenweg. There were flowers everywhere that we hadn’t seen before, and my Clariton didn’t seem to want to block their pollen. So that was miserable. It was beautiful though and I really enjoyed seeing all the color. Here are a few of the flowers I saw.


I took a lot of pictures from up there, but I was a little disappointed to find that, while much better quality, the ones looking out over the town still had a hazy look to a lot of them.
Looking out on the way down.

My husband pointed out, and I think he may be correct, that it’s the smog which ends up making the pictures look a little hazy. I also think the angle in relation to the sun may have something to do with it. I did the best I could with adjusting the brightness and shadows and such, just little tweaks to try to improve it. But nothing will make it look as it does in person where you don’t register the haze as much.

On the upside, the pictures are richer, and I was able to zoom much further, so I got some shots like this bird who I’m sure would have run if I got this close to him, and the house on the side of the mountain. For comparison, I think the small house in the last picture above was the same house.

Overall I’m pretty happy with the new pictures I got, and in a way I’m kind of glad they don’t all trump the old ones as these can serve as enhancements rather than replacements. And really, I could never duplicate some of the shots even if I wanted to. We also noticed some things we hadn’t seen on our first trip.

A memorial for Joseph von Eichendorff, a poet who wrote a poem called Einzug in Heidelberg (Entry to Heidelberg). One of the verses is quoted on it. which I have seen translated as: “Sleeps a song in all things,/The dream on and on,/And the world begins to sing,/If you hit the magic word. “

A snack stand I didn’t notice the last time.

If this was here last time, I didn’t see it.

While walking, I noticed a path to that branches to the left and continues up the mountain. I believe this is the way one would take to get to the Monastery of St. Michael, the Monastery of St. Stephen, the Nazi-era amphitheater, and the remains of the Celtic hill fort. But between being tired and being full of allergies, I didn’t want to do that.

After awhile, we decided to go back down via the winding path. It was pretty steep, and I imagine it would be pretty treacherous in the dark or if it rained. I think when we go back again we’ll do it our first way, hiking up the winding path and then walking down through the neighborhood. And hopefully that time I’ll be up for continuing up to see the rest. I have also heard one can drive to the amphitheater, so that might also be an option. For now, I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the Philosophenweg and on the way back down. Next time, I’ll tell you about the rest of our Memorial Day outing. Tschüss! 

I would be freaked out to live in this house, which is up the mountain. I mean, look at that drop…

The castle

The Church of the Holy Spirit.

The Church of the Holy Spirt (Heiliggeistkirche)

I took this to get the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) and Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church) in the same picture.

Alte Brücke (Old Bridge)

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11 Thoughts on “Return to the Philosophenweg (Philosophers’ Way) on Memorial Day

  1. Definitely one of the most picturesque cities in lovely Germany – never disappoints!

  2. Heidelberg is such a beautiful city!

  3. Lens flare can occur with the best cameras – it’s frustrating at first but then there is nothing really you can do to prevent it from happening. Especially with handheld point and shooters. Which camera are you using, btw? The pictures still turned out quite gorgeous – Heidelberg during a late spring day, how wonderful!

    You quoted that “Einzug in Heidelberg” means “river” but that is incorrect. It translates to “Moving to Heidelberg” or “Entry to Heidelberg.” Just thought you should know…

    • Well at least it’s not my fault lol. I use a Canon Powershot SX230 HS. Thanks.

      Darn. That’s what I get for using someone’s translation without checking it for myself lol. Thanks for the correction 🙂

    • Good to know it’s not just me. I use a Canon Powershot SX230 HS. Thanks 🙂

      Darn. That’s what I get for using someone else’s translation and not checking it for myself lol. I’m not even sure what that came from as I just looked up the word for river and it’s nowhere close. Thanks for the correction.

  4. Love the city and your pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow, these are beautiful! And yes, that drop-off from that house is scary but also so beautiful! The castle, bridge, and so many other gorgeous buildings are jaw-dropping!

    • Thanks. 🙂 Heidelberg is a beautiful city if you ever get the chance to go. I want to go back at least once more before we leave, especially as I once again have upgraded my camera.

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