On my second leg of the Heidelberg Trip, I stayed with a friend in Schwetzingen. Schwetzingen is a town perhaps 10 minutes driving distance from both Heidelberg and Manheim. Yeah, it’s kind of in between, which makes it neat in terms of living there and commuting to both cities.
Schwetzingen is most likely known for its impressive Schloss (aka castle) and its’ even more extensive Schlossgarten (castle garden). This one is a real beauty and if you wanted to, you could spend days here and still not have seen it all. It stretches around 20 km in length, so it’s best advised to bring a bike and just ride around it to see most attractions within a day. No worries though if you don’t have a bike, as you can certainly also just stroll through it and discover some neat gems. Find my full post on Magical Times at Schwetzingen Schlosspark here, as I had the chance to visit it in August 2011 already.
During my last stay, the weather was actually not in its best mood so I decided against spending time in the Castle Gardens but instead photographed the market place surrounding it before sunrise. It’s really quite impressive how majestic and solemn everything appears to be when no one else is around to ruin a picture or your creative vibes. But even at this early time of day, some folks were still out and about and I even ran across one of the people working for the Castle Gardens.
My friend and I also went out before the Easter Holidays and ended up at the Kaffeehaus (which translates into coffee house but it’s a bar with a dance floor, so not too much coffee sold here at night), before the clubs and bars closed over the long weekend. Since Badem-Württemberg is still a predominant Catholic state and is governed by a few church rules, it was not allowed for dance places to be open from Good Friday till Easter Monday, with the exception of Saturday. The youth, my generation, and a lot of other people think it’s totally outdated to still have this old law so perhaps things will change over the next few years. But perhaps they won’t and then you could simply use the time being for resting, catching up with family and eating tons of chocolate (as that is what Easter is usually about).
Overall, Schwetzingen is certainly a nice vacation home and it has a small old town part, with several shops, hair dressers, Cafés, restaurants, and of course the statue of the Asparagus Woman. The entire area is known for its multitude of Asparagus, which is picked around this time of year until the end of June. Asparagus is white in Europe and it tastes different than the green version. It also looks way better when dipped in Sauce Hollandaise. Oh, European food – I could go on and on!