you proceed to the Artillery Garden, you will end up in front of the facade of
Building (left side of the photo on the right)
), the West Facade and the Library Building
(on the right-hand side of the photo on the right).
Return the way you came and turn left after you exit the Elizabeth Gate (the
arch) to buy your tickets and enter the Castle from the Gate Tower.
If your are interested in seeing the Gardens first, you could pass the Gate Tower and head for the Garden Area,
which is pleasant area, but not quite as compelling as the rest of the
Castle and its grounds.
Just to the east of the Gate Tower is the Exploded Tower, also called the
Powder Tower, that was constructed with amazingly thick walls, as it was
designed to store gunpowder. The building was "exploded" by the French
as part of their plan to destroy the Castle, once and for all, after its capture in
1793. A large portion of the tower fell into the moat below and
remains there today.
When you pass through Gate Tower you will see the Friedrich Building.
which is the building in the finest condition of any at the Castle.
Constructed at the start of the 17th century, the building's facade was
severely damages in 1693 and the interior was destroyed in the fire
approximately sixty-years later. In the early 20th century a reconstruction
effort utilized as much of the existing
structure as possible in order to reflect the intentions of the original architect.
The statues on the facade are a modern tribute to the dynasty that
ruled the Palace, although the statue of Charlemagne appears to be a leap of
The Friedrich Building houses idealized recreations of the furnished rooms
of the palace, curated by the staff member of various prestigious museums.
In addition to rooms for meetings and entertaining, on the first floor you will find the Palace
Chapel or Burgkapelle, which is modest, but quite attractive.
To the east of the Friedrich Building is the Ottheinrich Building dating
from the middle of the 16th century. Its facade is a virtual treasure
trove of statues including ones of Biblical interest, famous
Romans and others portraying the Virtues. The building houses the German
There are many other marvelous buildings at Schloss Heidelberg, but we
will now turn to the Interior
Rooms of the Castle.
Heidelberg Castle - Interior rooms and views
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