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Schloss Heidelberg, Alte Bruecke, Neckar River, Heidelberger Altstadt, Altstadt, Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: Heidelberg at night, with the Old Bridge & Old Town

22 November 2012.

I’m in Heidelberg, Germany again during the final stage of my year-long RTW, and while my adopted home looks pretty under sun at the best of times, the city also doesn’t look half-bad under night lights. In the final week of November, the city’s Christmas markets are in full swing after sundown, and I’ve escaped the crowds by walking across the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) to the north side of the Neckar river. The location provides a well-known vantage point south for this familiar look back (south) at the Castle ruins (left), the Old Bridge (centre), and the rest of the Old Town, including the Heiligeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) at right. At upper-left are the towers on the summit of Königstuhl hill, and at upper-centre are the lights from Schlosshotel Molkenkur.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 22 November 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 0.3-sec, f/3.5, ISO800, and 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-ahH.

Hauptstrasse, Altstadt, Schloss Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Home is where the Altstadt is (Heidelberg)

In mid-afternoon light from the grounds of the castle ruins, Heidelberg’s Hauptstrasse (Main Street) winds its way through the buildings of the city’s Altstadt (Old Town). The street is well-known to visitors and to present- and past-residents (like me) who know very well the path of the cobblestones. Known also as the “royal mile”, the stretch really does run for about a mile (over 1.5 kilometres) from Karlsplatz to Bismarckplatz. For all its commercial hustle and the bustle of crowds, the Hauptstrasse is one of the reasons I gave my heart to the city: “da dort wo ich mein Herz verloren habe.”


I made the photos above on 14 March 2017 with the Canon EOS6D, 70-300 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/800s, f/16, ISO1000, and 130mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9wz.

street art, mural, Herakut, Metropolink, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

My Heidelberg: Herakut street art for Metropolink

It’s amazing what gets discovered after going the wrong way.

I head straight for a full city-block before realizing my error, that I should’ve turned right about 5 minutes ago. I bow my head, and release a deep breath in frustration. I raise my head to the sky, when I catch sight of something out of the corner of my eye.

What’s that across the street?

I have to reach my destination which I know isn’t far.

But I am coming back here to get the shot.

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Wochenmarkt, Saturday farmers market, Neuenheimer Markt, Markplatz, Neuenheim, Heidelberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

My Heidelberg: Saturday farmers’ market in Neuenheim

To borrow a line from the Foo Fighters, this is about “the colours and the shapes.” But as with all farmers’ markets, there’s far more than merely colour and shape.

In Heidelberg, the farmers’ markets are held regularly throughout the week at a number of locations throughout the city and region. One of six Saturday markets takes place across the Neckar river in Neuenheim. Most visitors in town will visit the Saturday market in Heidelberg’s Marktplatz, which leaves the other five Saturday markets pretty much “clear and free” to residents. And as I arrive at the market square in Neuenheim, it’s clear I’m in the minority, literally and figuratively. This is not criticism and it’s not a negative, as I used to come here occasionally when I lived here. I say as much to the various vendors, when I buy a cup of coffee, some cherry tomatoes, a piece of cake, and three empanadas.

Fresh fruit and vegetables, grown locally and imported from around Europe. Fresh bread and baked goods from a regional bakery. Fresh herbs, grown locally; fresh flowers, grown locally. Honey harvested from bees at a regional apiary. “Empanadas Argentinas”, by a woman from Córdoba who’s lived in Germany for over ten years. And there are fresh cuts of meat, tubs of olives, and glorious varieties of cheese from around Europe.

It’s time to stop eating and leave, when the vendors begin to pack. Another market, another day.

When I leave Heidelberg, no small measure of wistful longing remains; these are my streets, and this is one of my markets.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber: medieval night glow

Many visitors to Rothenburg ob der Tauber are here for the day, and when day turns to night, you can have the place to yourself for the opportunity to view and photograph. And judging by these photographs, you may well ask yourself: where did everybody go?

A good place to start to get your bearings straight is the Marktplatz (Market Square; photo above and map below). While you wait for Hans Baumgartner to begin his Nightwatchman nightly walking tours (in English or German), you can look up the Ratstrinkstube (Councillors’ Tavern) for a modest retelling of the Meistertrunk legend. This 90-second video shows how the figures for Mayor Nusch and General Tilly greet curious onlookers at the square (at 8pm); more night images follow below.

Each photograph below corresponds to its label on the following map; click on the “arrow-window” icon at the upper-left corner of the map for additional details.


1. Marktplatz, west on Herrngasse

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

1. Marktplatz, west on Herrngasse

2a. Schmuckbrunnen, Marktplatz

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

2a. Schmuckbrunnen (left-centre) and patrician houses at Marktplatz 9 and 10

2b. Marienapotheke

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

2b. Mary figure (c. 1470), Marienapotheke

3. Burgtor, Burggarten

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

3. Burgtor, Burggarten

4. Untere Schmiedgasse, Plönlein

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

4. Untere Schmiedgasse, south to Plönlein

5. Plönlein

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

5. Plönlein, with Siebersturm (left) and Kobozellertor (right)

6a. Weisser Turm

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

6a. Weisser Turm, former gate on the 12th-century city wall. West from Galgengasse/Paradeisgasse

6b. Galgentor

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6b. To Galgentor, east from Galgengasse/Paradeisgasse

7. Paradeisgasse/Galgengasse

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7. South, from Paradeisgasse/Galgengasse

8. Schrannengasse (Judenkirchhof)

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

8. Schrannengasse (Judenkirchhof)

9. Judengasse

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

9. Judengasse, west/downhill from Heugasse; more about the town’s Jewish history here

10. Heugasse/Schrannenplatz

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

10. Heugasse at Schrannenplatz

11. Klingentor

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

11. Klingentor

12. St Wolfgangskirche

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

12. St. Wolfgangskirche (St. Wolfgang Church)

13. St. Jakobskirche

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

13. St. Jakobskirche (St. James’ Church)

14. Kirchplatz

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

14. Kirchplatz, west to St. Jakobskirche

15. Georgengasse

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bayern, Bavaria, Germany, fotoeins.com

15. Georgengasse, east to Weisser Turm


More on Rothenburg ob der Tauber

•   The medieval city by day
•   A trip through the city’s Jewish history

Thanks to Rothenburg ob der Tauber Tourism Service for providing access to services and facilities, and thanks to Akzent Hotel Schranne for a warm welcome and a comfortable convenient stay at Schrannenplatz. I made the photos above on 11 and 12 November 2015. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-7JR.

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