A terrace in the castle provides great views of Heidelberg city below.
View from the castle
Descending into the castle cellar, we view the humongous wine cask (the Heidlebert Tun), the world's largest wine barrel, built from one hundred and thirty oak trees, with an original capacity of 221,26 liters (58,574 US gallons). There is also a dance floor constructed on top of the barrel.
Dance floor on top of wine cask
We wander back out through the castle, watching a crew set up a stage for a forthcoming concert in one of the courtyards.
Castle structures, stage installation
Descending into Heidelberg, we stroll the streets of the city to see what we can find.
Streets of Heidelberg
We wander into a small church, Jesuitenkirche, with lots of great whimsical sculptures integrated into the interior and exterior gardens of the building.
A few blocks away, we find the Christmas store, full of great ornaments and other decorations for the holidays to come later in the year.
Soon it's time to return to our ship and continue up the Rhine, passing charming little towns, great small parks, ships travelling up and down the river, and people out on the banks of the river enjoying the day.
Cruising up the Rhine