Sunday, 30 July 2017

Heidelberg's Hidden Amphitheatre (Germany)

Thingstätte, open-air theatre (Heidelberg, Germany). Photo by Simon Raven ©

Deep in the forested hills above the fairy tale German town of Heidelberg, you will find a striking reminder of Germany's recent past. The enormous Thingstätte, is an open-air theatre on the Heiligenberg in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg. Built for performances and events as part of the Thingspiel movement during the Third Reich, this Nazi amphitheatre is located near the ruins of an Ancient Monastery and makes for an intriguing day trip in a region of Germany with striking character.

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Germany - Frankfurt & Southern Rhineland

In this enchanting corner of Germany, the finer things in life take pride of place: good food, great wine, glorious walking and cycling. You’ll also find hilltop castles, dark forests and exceptional art everywhere, from magnificent museums to quirky street sculptures.

- float past Frankfurt’s medieval church spires, museum embankment and glittering skyscrapers aboard a river cruise
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- catch a cable car uphill to head out on a hike through vineyards along the castle-studded Romantic Rhine Valley
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- wander the ruins and gardens of Heidelberg’s romantic red-sandstone Schloss
- restaurants & accommodation

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