Heidelberg is an international main attraction, esp. for Asian people and US- Americans, known of its lovely, green, romantic setting on the Neckar river and its castle ruins -"I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg" (Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren) is a popular German song composed in 1925.
"The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle has only been partially rebuilt since its demolition in the 17th and 18th centuries (by wars and fires). Heidelberg Castle remained essentially a ruin. A popular belief is that Heidelberg escaped bombing in World War II because the U.S. Army wanted to use the city as a garrison after the war. As Heidelberg was neither an industrial center nor a transport hub, it did not present a target of opportunity.
Even before 1800, artists had come to see the river, the hills and the ruins of the castle as an ideal ensemble. The best depictions are those of England's J. M. W. Turner, who stayed in Heidelberg several times between 1817 and 1844, and painted Heidelberg and the castle many times.
It is located 80 metres (260 ft) up the northern part of the Königstuhl hillside, and thereby dominates the view of the old downtown. It is served by an intermediate station on the Heidelberger Bergbahn funicular railway."
I didn't loose my heart in Heidelberg, but I, too, like this old town very much, and whilst visiting the castle ruins it was heavily snowing or snowraining.
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