Another interesting town we visited was Heidelberg, which is located on the Neckar River. The oldest university in Germany (established in 1386) is located in Heidelberg.
Next are some views of Heidelberg from the Heidelberg Palace. In order to get to the palace, you can either take a walk up the very steep hill or ride the funicular railway. That was quite an experience, especially for someone who doesn't like heights.
The palace suffered heavy damage in the 17th century during the Thirty Years' War. Some repairs were made, but later the palace was heavily damaged by fires caused by lightning strikes. Large parts of the palace were left in ruins.
Can you believe the size of this wine barrel? Wine was collected as tax, and all the wines were mixed in this gigantic barrel with no particular regard to sources or quality.
Several days later, we went to Burg Eltz, a wonderful medieval castle located on a large rock in the hills between the German towns of Koblenz and Cochem. The Eltzbach River, a tributary of the Mosel River, surrounds the castle on three sides.
The first record of a castle at this site was in 1157. It was built to protect a trade route. By 1472 its appearance looked much like it does today, with homes of three families gathered around a courtyard within the walled fortification. Fortunately, it was never destroyed as happened to so many other castles. Burg Eltz has remained in the Eltz family for more than 850 years!
We ended our castle tour in the Treasury where we took some needlework photos. I'm not sure what the following object is, but I thought you would appreciate the needlework. The museum sign described the object as schröpfkopf in etui des kurfürsten.
Here is a closeup showing the needlework.
Next is an embroidered book cover.
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There were even some needlework tools.
More to come in a few days....