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Nestled in the hills high above the old town of Heidelberg, Germany, Schloss Heidelberg (or “Heidelberg Castle” in English) is the focal point of this medieval town along the Neckar River. Ever since I moved here 18 months ago, I’ve made it a goal to go to the castle once every season. To me, the city and castle look so different throughout the year: the changing fall colors, the snowy hilltops, the new blooms of spring, and the bustling tourist activity of the summer.

I had a friend visit this past week from the USA. Even though the sky was grey and it looked like it was going to rain any minute, we trudged up the very steep (!) incline of the castle to take in the view of old town Heidelberg.

This view never disappoints! And I’ve never been up at dusk! My camera really captured all the blue, purple, and pink nighttime light reflecting off the old stone. If you’re ever in Heidelberg, Germany (which you all should have added to your bucket list), a stop at the castle is a must!

Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With WagnerLove this gorgeous town of mine. Why do I have to leave next month?! :(

Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagnerheyyyy Alissa! Her first passport, first time in Europe, first time in Germany, and first time in a castle!

Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With WagnerFlying the flag of Baden-Württemberg high above Schloss Heidelberg.

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Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With WagnerThe snowy hilltops peeking through in the background!

Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With WagnerSteps to the castle, winding between the old mansions of Heidelberg.

Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With Wagner
Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With WagnerOld Town Heidelberg, you’re pretty stunning!

Schloss Heidelberg Dusk via Wayfaring With WagnerBy night from down below :) Schloss Heidelberg shining in all its glory!

28 Comments

  1. Christine @ A Keane Sense of Adventure Reply

    Love that you went when it was dusk and overcast, it really adds the dramatic to all the photographs! Beautiful! Heidelberg looks like such a cute town, would love to visit it one day!

    • Jordan Reply

      You definitely need to come to Heidelberg. It is such an adorable, charming town in Germany! xo

  2. I wish you were staying in Heidelberg longer!! :( I think dusk is always such a pretty time of the day, especially with the castle being all lit up!

    • Jordan Reply

      I can’t believe I’m moving in a month. We will just have to hang out a lot before I leave (or come visit me in Croatia!!!) xoxoxo

    • Jordan Reply

      Doesn’t it just give the best view of Heidelberg? By far my favorite!

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much! It started raining when I was up at the castle and I think the water provided really good light reflections as well :)

  3. Ah! Where are you off to next?!
    I was lucky enough to drop by Heidelburg on my way to Munich… but didn’t take into account how early the sun sets in Europe during the winter! I pretty much saw a lot of streetlamps and darkness.

    • Jordan Reply

      I’m off to Croatia in March to begin an internship and then Bulgaria this May/June for another internship! When did you come through Heidelberg? I know…I always forget how early the sun sets in Europe! Thank goodness it is starting to stay lighter now :)

  4. Gosh all these photos are so awesome. The lighting is so badass! Especially that first one! Man I want to visit this cute city so badly!

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much! You should definitely visit Heidelberg next year xo

    • Jordan Reply

      We should go up there at some point before I leave! Maybe do some wine tasting inside?!

    • Jordan Reply

      I know! I got so lucky with the castle! In the summer time, they shoot fireworks off the castle!

  5. These photos are soooo beautiful- I love the “blue hour” lighting! Gosh. This could be in some tourism pamphlet. Heidelberg Tourismus, anyone? ;)
    I love visiting my town with a visitor: seeing it through their eyes and enjoying their reaction to everything.

    • Jordan Reply

      Awww, you are too sweet :) I’m blushing! Now that I’m leaving Heidelberg in a month, I’m cramming in as much touristy stuff as possible!!! Finally going to all the restaurants and places I’ve been wanting to go to for 18 months.

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much Jessi! The castle is definitely a stunning feature of Heidelberg!

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much Courtney!!! It is a gorgeous castle :)

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much Yvonne! Schloss Heidelberg is gorgeous!

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