The train from Heidelberg to Würzburg stops along the Neckar River. We stepped off at Hirschhorn, 19km from Heidelberg. The geographic location is sehr schön! Hirschhorn is a tiny historic (restored) medieval half-timber town situated at a bend in the Neckar river, surrounded by the hills of the Odenwald.
Sunday was the ideal day to be in Hirschhorn, the weather was nice, visitors were drinking wine at cobblestone cafés, and the river bend sparkled in the sunshine. It was totally dreamy.
From the town center there is a footpath that leads to a once fortified castle/monastery that overlooks the valley: Burg Hirschhorn. I guess comparatively, Burg Hirschhorn is what you might call a ‘smaller’ castle (ha!), built by the Knights of Hirschhorn in 1250. A Carmelite monastery was added in 1406.
Modern: In the 1950’s, the castle grounds were converted to a hotel and restaurant, which is where we stopped for lunch and both ordered Currywurst and hiked around the surrounding forested paths.
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Hirschhorn has expanded from it’s tiny medieval town-center and is now a modern city where people live and work.