Heidelberg is a city in southwest Germany. The fifth-largest city in the State of Baden-Württemberg. Heidelberg is part of the densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. In 2009, over 145,000 people lived in the city. Heidelberg lies on the River Neckar in a steep valley in the Odenwald.
It is at this point we must pause and address something that must be understood when traveling in Germany or points close by. In the past few posts, you have probably seen me mispell places ending in -berg and -burg.
So, is it:
-BERG or -BURG ?
When spoken by most Americans, -burg and -berg sound the same (kind of like "burr g"), and incorrectly spoken, by the way.
A fortified town was called a Burg (pr. bourk).
A mountain is a Berg (pr. beark).
When named, Salzburg and Rothenburg were fortified towns (Rothenburg still is). On the other hand Nürnberg was so named for the castle that sits on a hill.
This is important because much of the software for searches and train schedule won't come up with the right place if you spell it incorrectly. Put in Salzburg on the Bahn query site, and you'll get Mozart's birth town. Put in Salzberg, and you'll get a pulldown menu with bunch of choices. The first few will be towns in Baden-Württemberg or Hessen; the town in Austria will be well down the list.
Also, those two little dots over the vowel, called an umlaut, are important. Füssen is NOT Fussen! However, using "ue" for "ü" works (and is, technically, correct). So, if looking for a route to Neuschwanstein, use "Fuessen Bahnhof".
Great. We'll move on.
This is where the place Burgberg must be introduced.
One of the first sights on our walk was this place.
Does anyone remember thePannekoeken Huis in Bartlesville ?
This was my first thought when I saw the windmill.
My second thought was the fluffy cinnamon apple pancakes the restaurant served.
Boleslawiec Pottery can be found everywhere.