Mark Twain, well known all over the Globe with stories like Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and A Tramp Abroad, was a real fan of the romantic city of Heidelberg. Even in the late 1800s the city in all its entire splendor, deeply impressed one of the greatest writers of the English language.
He spent 3 month in our town and fell in love with it. In “A Tramp Abroad” he was so taken with Heidelberg that he wrote chapter upon chapter about the wonders he experienced. Let me cite some of his immortal comments on the city of Heidelberg.
“The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights. Behind the castle swells a dome-shaped hill, forest-clad, and beyond that a nobler and loftier one. The Castle looks down upon the compact brown-roofed town; and from the town two picturesque old bridges span the river. I have never enjoyed a view which had such a satisfying charm about it as this one gives.”
A lot more sites were enthusiastically described in his works, such as the student prison which impressed him especially when he learned that here the students created their own artwork on the walls while serving their term for misbehavior.