A while ago, Charlotte from Sherbet and Sparkles suggested that the English-speaking bloggers in Germany should arrange a meet up (that’s a long-winded way of saying expat bloggers purely so that I can avoid referring to myself as such ;-)). The meetup location was Heidelberg – which I was happy about because it’s incredibly easy for me to get to – and the chosen date was Saturday 26 April.
Before I left, I was both excited and nervous. What if I couldn’t find everyone? And what if nobody liked me when I did? Luckily, my fellow bloggers were all just as lovely in person as online and I managed not to make a fool of myself or accidently say anything weird or offensive… at least I don’t think I did. And if I did, then I apologise!
Despite the weather forecast’s claims that it would be cold and cloudy, it actually turned out to be a lovely day. My raincoat was quickly relegated to my handbag as we enjoyed a lovely walk up to the castle and then around its grounds.
Having seen all the castle had to offer (including the giant wine barrel, which claims to be the world’s largest… as does the one in Bad Dürkheim. I shall refrain from hazarding a guess as to which one’s lying, but will say that the one in Bad Dürkheim has never actually contained wine…), it was time to head into town for lunch. We ended up going to Café Knösel, mostly because we happened to be near it at the time and it had a decent choice of food (including a few vegetarian items). Also, those with access to TripAdvisor were able to find out that it had good reviews. Steven has since discovered that it’s actually the oldest café in Heidelberg, so it seems we accidently picked something traditional 😉 I had the Flammkuchen with spinach and goat’s cheese, which was delicious. I loooove goat’s cheese! No photo for you because I’d eaten it all before the thought even occurred to me…
After lunch, we headed down to the bridge – the Karl-Theodor-Brücke (also known as the Alte Brücke, Old Bridge) – which was just around the corner. Steven discovered these cute little metal mice that I had never noticed before in all my visits to Heidelberg. Thanks Steven!
On the bridge, a group photo was taken and we all admired the view of the castle. We also spotted some ducklings down on the riverbank, but my zoom didn’t stretch far enough to get a photo of them. Never mind, here are some shots of the castle and bridge:
Sadly, Frau Dietz and her gorgeous baby son had to leave us after the bridge, but the rest of us continued on to the Studentnkarzer – student prison. This was another thing that I did not know was in Heidelberg! How do I miss these things? The prison is unique to the University of Heidelberg and was in use from 1823–1914. Students could be sent to prison for offences such as being drunk and disorderly, messing with the police or fighting. Many o the prisoners documented their “crime” on the walls… for example, one rhyme told of how a student being “concerned about the police getting their rest” snuck into the guard room at the poolice station and switched off the gas lamp. You could be sent to prison for anything from a few days to several weeks – the writing on the wall in one room told of how a student had been sentenced to four weeks! There was no mention of what he had done though. (All the prisoners were male by the way – the first females were admitted to Heidelberg University in 1900, but apparantly they managed to behave themselves for the next four years until the prison closed). The prison has been preserved in pretty much its original state, with all the old graffiti on the walls and the original furniture – although the straw mattresses that would probably have been on the beds are no more.
The ticket for the student jail also includes the University Museum and the Große Aula (Great Hall). There were no halls at my university that looked like this, I can tell you!
With the sun now firmly out, our final stop of the day was for frozen yoghurt… or FroYo. I had never tried it before and I must say I’m grateful to everyone for introducing me to this delicious treat!
Yoghurt eaten, the group slowly strolled down Hauptstraße (the main street) to Bismarckplatz (Bismarck Square) where we caught a tram back to the main station then carried on back to our final destinations. I can’t speak for the others, but I certainly thought the day was a success, and I hope we can do it again some time.
The other bloggers I met up with were (in no particular order):
Charlotte from Sherbet and Sparkles
Frau Dietz from Eating Wiesbaden
Kathleen from Leher Werkstatt
Steven from Doin’ Time on the Donau
Jordan from Beer time with Wagner
Nina from Indie Rock Kid
Go check out their blogs and say hi to them… they’re a fantastic bunch.
28 thoughts on “A meeting with some expats in Heidelberg”
Great post Bev – flattery will get you anywhere 😉 Love your photos of the student prison – gutted to have missed that – and the frozen yoghurt!
Haha, yes that was my plan all along…
I’ve been to Heidelberg at least 5 times and had no idea the student jail even existed until this trip!
This was a really fun trip. Good pictures! Two of the student jail pictures you posted are shots that I also took, but left out of my own post- I’m happy that we’re getting such variety in our posts despite all walking the same path. 😀
Yes, I love that we all have slightly different photos/descriptions. Combine them all and you’ll be able to recreate our entire afternoon 😀
Sounds like you all had a fun time 🙂
Oooooh, Flammkuchen… how I love thee….
There’s a Flammkuchen restaurant in Karlsruhe that does all you can eat Flammkuchen. They have sweet ones that include things like Rolos and Smarties…
Eeeek! What a concept… I guess those are more akin to a pancake…?
Nooo, they’re still all crispy like Flammkuchen is supposed to be. It actually works surprisingly well 😉 They also do more “normal” sweet ones involving fruit and setting things on fire…
OK… I guess I better not diss ’em without having sunk my tegs into one. But in the meantime, if there’s a Nussschnecke going, I’ll have that!
That’s so cool! It’s like meeting celebrities. 😀
Looks like you guys had a fun time!
Haha, yes it kind of is! It was a great day out 🙂
That’s so cool! I’m jealous of people who are surrounded by tons of fellow, uh, linguistically-similar bloggers to meet up with.
Oh I would have loved to meet you…. Next time maybe.
Yes, maybe when you haven’t just given birth. 🙂 It was all arranged via Twitter.
What a fun way to spend the day! I’d heard about the student prison, but sis and I didn’t manage to visit it on our day trip to Heidelberg a number of years ago – great photos! FroYo is *all over* DC. Most of our places have converted to self-serve: you yourself put in the yogurt (or various flavor combinations) in a cup and then throw on your chosen toppings in any variety and amount. I’m having a difficult time imagining the Germans being quite so carefree, though! 😉 What is the other topping in your cup – bananas?
Cheese cake 🙂
I can’t imagine a self-serve frozen yoghurt place in Germany. How would they work out how much to charge you? 😉
That picture of the castle in the trees looks so beautiful! I am glad it turned out well, what a fun day!
Sounds like you had a great day! Love the photos – especially the metal mice. Heidelberg seems like an interesting place!
Heidelberg is gorgeous, but always full of tourists!
How cool! It is awesome that you got to meet some other expat blogger! And I love these metal mice, never seen them in Heidelberg either!
They’re next to the metal monkey on the bridge – I was always too busy with the monkey!
oh that sounds fun! Would love to come along to one of the meetups!
Maybe you can join us next time 🙂
I’d love that! This is my blog by the way (I also live in Karlsruhe): http://dublinerindeutschland.blogspot.de/
What a great idea! Love those metal mice, so cute. FroYo is amazing, isn’t it? I remember having it in Australia about 20 years ago but it took another 10 years before I saw it in the UK.