The Most Beautiful City in Germany
Story Title: The Most Beautiful City in Germany
Broadcast Date: 1st February 2014
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Considered an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Germany, Heidelberg, is one of Germany’s most beautiful and historic cities sitting right on the banks of the Neckar River.
- Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps.
- During WWII, Heidelberg was almost completely spared of allied bombings and as a result, Heidelberg has retained its baroque charm of narrow streets, picturesque houses and of course the world-famous Schloss, castle ruins.
- The Heidelberg Castle was built in the 13th century and following a chequered history of natural disaster, war and rebuilding, it now features a mixture of architectural influences including gothic and classic renaissance.
- One of Heiddlberg’s obvious landmarks is the Old Bridge. Its gateway is framed by a pair of impressive towers and its beautiful arches have been spanning the Neckar since the late 1700s.
- The most famous resident of Heidelberg Castle was Frederic the Fifth, who in 1612 married Elizabeth Stuart, the daughter of James the First, the King of England.
- Frederic and Elizabeth spent part of their reign as King and Queen of Bohemia and in order to make her comfortable, a section of the castle was built and decorated in an English style and became known as the English Palace.
- During the ‘Nine Years War’ of the late 1680s and early 1690s, the invading French crossed the Neckar River at low tide and largely destroyed the castle. It was so well built, they needed two attempts, and of the six turrets, only the Entrance Turret remains intact today.
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