My Uncle Fritz didn't get to know his Anneliese via carrier pigeon but as a pen pal through the mail. Illustration of a carrier pidgeon with a love letter

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 32 – Love

A Day to Celebrate Love All over the world, the 14th of February is celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day. The Day of Love. There is a famous song about Love, ‘I Lost my Heart in Heidelberg’. (Ich habe mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren) The first time I heard it, it was during a snowy winter […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 30 – The Wimmel Family

The Wimmel Family Every search and find book needs a ‘wimmel family’ with children who wander through the stories just as in my wimmelbook, ‘Heidelberg wimmelt’. The three siblings of my wimmel  family are based on my neighbors’ kids, of course. Some would say, well, then you don’t have to invent faces, but it’s not […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 29: My Neighbours

More than just an Excursion A recurring group of figures that you can find in ‚Heidelberg wimmelt‘ is a group of travel-happy women. With a city map in hand, even though all of the ladies have smart phones, they explore the most beautiful places in Heidelberg. These are my neighbors. Whether as working women or […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 28 – Heidelberg’s Peregrine Falcon

In Heidelberg, high up in the tower of the Holy Spirit Church live peregrine falcons which you see in my illustration wearing red Christmas hats. Heidelberg is proud of its peregrine falcons. Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick II Historically, falconry has always been a noble art. The Hohenstaufen Emperor Friederich II even kept journals about it. He […]

Auch in Heidelberg wimmelt wimmelt es vor Hunden. Zwei kleine Hunden beschnuppern sich auf dem Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt.

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 27 – It’s a Dog’s World

The Christmas school holidays are almost over, but the days are still short and the nights are dark. Even though we want to try to do more sports in the New Year and get up off the couch more often, the darkness acts like a guard that incites our weaker selves against us. The Germans […]

Heidelberg wimmelt – Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 26 – On Santa’s Lap

All over the world, children meet Santa Claus – with awe or with great joy – confiding their wishes to him. I suppose that was the case with you when you were little if you celebrated Christmas. We are still in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas, which ends on January 6th with […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 25 – the Christ Child and the Angel’s Violin

In Heidelberg there are angels, dressed in white and gold. They accompany the Christ Child, who traditionally comes to the ecumenical church service in the big market place to open the Christmas market in Heidelberg.  Especially in southern Germany it is the Christ child and not Santa Claus who brings the Christmas presents to the […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 24 – St. Nicolaus is coming!

Today is one of German children’s favorite holidays. It’s St. Nicolaus Day. Yesterday all around Germany, children were busy cleaning their boots so that they shine like gold and diamonds. The tradition says, that whoever puts their boots on the stoop of the front door and was a good kid last year will get a […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 23, Frau Hoelle lets it snow

When I was a schoolchild, maybe about 6 years old, we sang songs for Christmas from an old Christmas songbook with my grandma and grandpa. My grandfather was a German who emigrated to America. My grandmother’s parents were also from Germany, from Upper Auerbach (Oberauerbach) in the Palatinate. In my naive thoughts and fantasy, I […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 22 – Storks at the Christmas Market

Welcome to the Christmas market and welcome to the new Wimmelsearchtip of the week! Last week I asked you to do some sleuthing, namely to find the pregnant couple whose story threads through Heidelberg wimmelt.  It wasn’t that difficult. Or was it? Did you need a child to help you to solve the riddle? In […]

Wimmelsearchtip of the Week 21 – Fit and Pregnant

The Königstuhl in Heidelberg has the perfect Nordic Walking course in its mixed forest full of earthy scents. The sun shines on the tall trees and casts shadows, which form a picturesque contrast to the brightly lit forest floor and meandering paths. I love the flaming colors of autumn, and love to walk through colorful […]

Wimmelsearchtip of week 20 – The Funicular Railway

Last week I told you about the nature trail, Via Naturae & the Forest Adventure Path, on top of the Königstuhl, where you can discover wonderous creatures – including dragons. This week I’ll tell you how to get there and something about this very old means of transportion – the Heidelberger Funicular. And finally I will […]