Day trips in this area are very easy because there are so many towns and villages along the river. This means you can cruise past the castles or get one of the comfortable and efficient trains.
There’s a lot to see in Heidelberg so we started with a guided tour of the town centre. The tour starts by going to the hospital. This is more interesting than you might think. The locals are very proud of the world class facilities here and they benefit by being able to use the facilities that are paid for by rich international patients. The children’s hospital was paid for by a rich financier as a birthday present for his wife.
Rudesheim is a perfect choice for a week in the wine making area of the Rhine gorge. You can easily take a boat or a train to some of the many pretty towns and villages nearby but its just as nice to stay in the town.
The last time we went to Germany, admittedly many years ago, eating was all about sausages. I remember bockwurst, bratwurst weisswurst and of course weiners or frankfurters. They must all still be there but I didn’t see any. Instead we found cafes selling excellent coffee and lots of soup and cream cakes! German cream cakes are bigger and better than most I’ve seen and they taste even better than they look!