Live Like A Local: Heidelberg, Germany

It’s time for another Live Like A Local destination!

Live Like A Local is a series I wanted to create in an effort to expand the travel section of my blog beyond where I live and have personally been. I wanted to create a resource for anyone reading who might be 1. traveling to other areas, 2. live in other areas or 3. moving somewhere new! I’ve been to some cool places, but I haven’t lived everywhere and what is better than some insider knowledge, eh?!

View all my Live Like A Local posts here.

Now, on with the show…Today we are visiting Heidelberg in Germany!

 Live Like A Local: Heidelberg, Germany - Communikait

Name: Helene Sula

City: Heidelberg, Germany

Live Like A Local: Heidelberg, Germany - Communikait

What is it about Heidelberg that makes it different from other cities?

Heidelberg is a quintessential European city. With a sandstone castle towering above the city and gingerbread houses that line the streets, it feels like you are walking around in 18th century Germany. It’s a fairytale city complete with Christmas markets, summer and fall festivals, and a quaint but lively town. Heidelberg was one of the few German cities not bombed in World War II so it maintains it’s old world charm.

What is the best time of year to visit?

The summer and fall has perfect weather but is often busy with tourists. Winter is chilly but the Christmas markets are fantastic.
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Are there any cool festivals or annual events that are not to be missed here?

Christmas Markets start in late November and are not to be missed! There is also a large autumnfest that takes place each year.

Places to eat?

German food is delicious in this region. Schnitzel is well known and of course, sausage. My favorite dish is Spätzle. Which are egg noodles usually baked in cheese with onions.

Places to shop and what to buy? (What is the area known for? )

Christmas is a BIG deal in Germany so we have many shops that sell Christmas decor, but the Käthe Wohlfahrt is the most well known. It feels like you stepped inside Santa’s workshop!
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What do you do on a Friday night?

The Hauptstrasse is one of the longest pedestrian walkways in Europe so you can always stroll the streets to find a bar or hangout!

If there isn’t a major airport nearby what is the best way to get there?

You can fly into Frankfurt and take a short 45 minute train ride directly to Heidelberg!
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Anything else?

Special thanks to Helene for showing us all around beautiful Heidelberg! Who else wants to check out a Christmas market now?! If you’re planning a trip to Heidelberg or want to learn more, be sure to follow Helene on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. She also blogs over at Helene in Between, so be sure to check her out there, too 🙂

Want to share your hometown on “Live Like A Local”? Shoot me an e-mail at: kait@communikait.com

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  • Helene’s photos make me want to visit Germany every time I see them! It looks so dreamy! By the way, I love this series. Can’t wait to check out some more places!

    • Kait

      That’s exactly how I feel too! If you want to be part of this series, just let me know 🙂

  • Jen

    Oh how I would love to visit (or live in) Germany! This is definitely on our list of duty stations in the future.

    • Kait

      I agree! I always think about all the cool traveling you could do from there!

  • jillian

    ah so fun!! i really want to go to germany someday! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    • Kait

      Me too! Helene takes the best pictures of her travels, so I’m always making a list of places to go and things to see!

  • Well I would say feature #2 is DEFINITELY cooler than feature #1 (my town in Kansas!). Hahaha!! So so fun that Helene participated in this. She’s so supportive of this blogging community, and I love that she shared about Heidelberg. Jamie and I ran around there in 2011, and I am just dying to go back. This interview doesn’t help much with that. Ha. 🙂

    • Kait

      You’re crazy! Germany is awesome, but so many people (myself included) were so excited about Kansas! I have dreams of exploring all over Europe – maybe we should make a girls trip 😉

  • Ooh this was a fun one to read! Definitely want to visit a Christmas market now.

  • Leslie

    So crazy that you featured two of my favorite places in the world!! I went to Kansas State (in Manhattan, KS) for college and graduated from high school in Heidelberg, Germany (my dad was in the military). Too fun of a coincidence not to share 🙂

    • Kait

      No way! What are the odds?! I love that!

  • Ahhh I SO SO SO want to go to Germany now!

    • Kait

      Right?! It looks amazing and I love following along with her posts!