Sitting in the Neckar Valley, Heidelberg, is home to the oldest university in Germany. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität (est. 1386) is one of the most prominent universities in the world, ranking right up there with schools like Harvard, Cambridge, and McGill.
From Frankfurt HBF, Scott and I took a slow, direct train to Heidelberg. On they way back we had to change trains at Bizmarckplatz. In the town itself, transportation is pretty simple. The #33 bus goes from the train station to old town. In terms of sights, the main destination is Heidelberg Castle. Also near the town are remnants of an ancient wall that Celts built to keep Germanic tribes out.
Heidelberg is a great German city to visit. If you ever have to eat food, this is a solid place to replenish. From Bavarian restaurants and pubs to local student cafes, this town has it all when it comes to cuisine.
Frankfurt is the second largest city in Germany. To me, it would be a great city to live in because of all the modern architectural looking flats on each side of the Main River. To visit on the other hand, there really is not a ton to do if you are looking for that old German feel. Frankfurt is primarily a financial center. Thus, it resembles an American city with twelve skyscraper in total. Of these twelve, two are the tallest in Europe. Frankfurt was severely destroyed in WWII bombing raids. This forever changed the landscape of the city.
Berlin is easily one of my favorite cities. It really has everything: history, tradition, famous universities, pubs, museums, churches, cosmopolitan areas, east/west, public transit…etc. If you are looking for photographs, this is more of a structural city. By that, I mean it is a place where you photograph buildings not people. I am not one that likes to really square up a building and take a general tourist shot. I would rather capture a local person at a coffee shop, moments, they only last for a second in time. Anyone can go to the Reichstag and take a picture. Continue reading