Posted by: Author | August 8, 2014

Friday Facts- August 8, 2014- Heidelberg Castle

As I prepare to head to France next week with my 20 year old son, I am thinking back to my first trip to Europe (this is not his first trip over the pond) – I was 19 and went with my parents to Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. It was a super cool time and one of my favorite memories was Heidelberg Castle in Germany. It overlooks the city and down to the river. It’s a romantic place even though some of the place is in ruins.heidel

Here’s a link to a cool website with some pictures if you want to check it out. My scanner is on the fritz at home or I’d scan a photo or two of my own.

One fun thing about the castle is the famous wine vat (tun) in the cellar. It’s massive. Β It would hold over 57,000 gallons of wine if it was in use as a wine vat but it’s not currently used for that. It’s basically a tourist attraction.

Here’s Mark Twain’s quote (which I think is fabulous) about that:

Everybody has heard of the great Heidelberg Tun, and most people have seen it, no doubt. It is a wine-cask as big as a cottage, and some traditions say it holds eighteen hundred thousand bottles, and other traditions say it holds eighteen hundred million barrels. I think it likely that one of these statements is a mistake, and the other is a lie. However, the mere matter of capacity is a thing of no sort of consequence, since the cask is empty, and indeed has always been empty, history says. An empty cask the size of a cathedral could excite but little emotion in me. I do not see any wisdom in building a monster cask to hoard up emptiness in, when you can get a better quality, outside, any day, free of expense.
A Tramp Abroad


  1. I know I’ve said it before but I love Friday Facts. The website you link us too is a story in pictures. So many beautiful but the destruction is hard to take. How men can destroy history and beauty is beyond me.

    Thanks for another great fact.

    • Amen Lavada. It’s a beautiful castle but sad with the destruction. I love that site. It shows so much of the details. Glad you enjoy the facts. I like figuring out what to post each week


  2. That is an amazing castle. I didn’t get to see it when I was in Germany for a year. Didn’t travel much as I was pregnant, then taking care of a baby. Maybe I’ll go back someday. Daughter would certainly love to see where she was born. πŸ™‚

    • You should def. head over and check it out. I love Germany. Lots of lovely castles. Where did you live?

      • Near Wurzburg, in a town called Kitzingen. Sort of central south Germany. Military at the time, but I think they’ve closed that base.

      • ahh. I didn’t make it over that way. We stayed for our Germany leg of the trip with the parents of an exchange student we had and they were near Rhine-Main/Frankfort. Small village – it was awesome

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