Heidelberg Museums and Festivals
From: Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg has a good range of museums for a city of its size--some worth visiting at any time, and others good for a rainy day.
The, or , occupies a former palace on the Hauptstrasse. Its exhibits range from a cast of the 600,000-year-old "Heidelberg Man's" jawbone to Roman artifacts, medieval church art, and and displays that chronicle Heidelberg's role in the German Romantic movement.
A few meters up the street, the Deutsches Verpackungs-Museum is a "must see" for graphic artists and nostalgia buffs. The German Packaging Museum, which is sponsored by a long list of international companies, is filled with exhibits of consumer-product packages from the last 100+ years. The museum is located in a former church, and the staff are quite friendly. (When my wife and I visited, one gentleman took us through the entire museum, explaining each exhibit in German.)
When you visit the Schloss or Castle, allow time for a visit to the Deutsches Apothekenmuseum, or . Your ticket to the castle courtyard and the "Big Vat" (a huge wine barrel) includes admission to this fascinating medical-history museum, which is said to be the largest of its kind in the world.
Heidelberg has a number of major festivals during the year:
In January and June, thehas some 20 events, including some concerts in the university's historic Alte Aula assembly hall.
In March and April, Heidelberger Frühling (a.k.a. ) offers a series of orchestral, string-quartet, and lieder concerts in halls and other venues around town.
June also brings the, followed by the (Heidelberg Castle Festival), which runs from late June through early August and includes a long list of theatrical performances, concerts, Lieder evenings, film showings, and other cultural events.
The Schloss is also the focus ofin June, July, and September, when floodlights and fireworks offer spectacular views from the Altstadt and the promenades along the northern banks of the Neckar River.
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