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Meine Lieblingsstadt Posted by on Jan 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

Grüß Gott! Wie Geht’s?
Since I wrote about the Schwäbisch dialect in my last Post, it seemed appropriate to talk about one of the cities located in der Gegend historically known as Swabia. Diese Stadtmeine Lieblingsstadtis called Heidelberg. Founded in the 12th century, it is nestled in dem Odenwald in Baden-Württemberg. The oldest university (the Ruprecht-Karl Universität) in Germany was established there in 1386, by Rupert I of Wittelsbach. He built it on the model of the University of Paris.
When you walk around the Altstadt, look up to your right! What you will see is the beautiful 13th century castle, das Heidelberger Schloss. Although, the castle is very romantic, what really made an impression on me was das Große Fass” located in the Schlosskeller, wine cellar. This wine barrel is so gigantic that you can actually climb on top of it. Build in 1751; it has the capacity to hold about 220,000 liters. It is believed to have been filled with wine only 3 times.
Ich erinnere mich noch an die schöne Aussicht, I must have been about 8 or 9 years old. There I stood, auf der Brücke, near the Schloss, in the distance you could see the river meandering through diese wunderschöne Stadtthe Neckar River — breathtaking! Unvergesslich!
I hope that someday you too will have the opportunity to visit this romantic city. In the mean time, if you’d like more information on the Heidelberger Schloss, click here:


  • Wie geht’s? – How’s it going?
  • Die Gegend  The region
  • Meine Lieblingsstadt My favorite city
  • Altstadt Old part of town
  • Ich erinnere mich noch an die schöne Aussicht I still remember the beautiful view
  • Auf der Brücke On the bridge
  • Das Schloss – The castle
  • Diese wunderschöne Stadt – This beautiful city
  • Unvergesslich – Unforgettable

Macht’s gut und bis bald,



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  1. diana munzer:

    Vielen Dank fur die Blog. I would like to know how to be able to use an umlaut on the computer, and how to be able to check German spelling. Thank you

  2. Nathalie:

    Hi Diana. If you want to use Umlauts on the computer, go to MS Word, click on”Insert” then click on “Symbol”, you will find what you need. As far as checking German spelling goes, I had to buy the German editing software separately. Unlike some other languages, MS Word does not include German in the package, but there are other ways if you do not want to go through the trouble of spending money on additional software. For ex: you can use online dictionaries, the one I often use is:
    Hope this helps.

  3. diana munzer:

    Danke, vielen Danke. Does that mean I can only use it when I use word? or is there something I can use on the internet.

  4. Nathalie:

    Diana, try this: Go to the “start” menu, look for “accessories”, then “system tools”, and click on “character map”. The character map will let you copy and paste the symbols you need, it works with email, and on the internet as well.

  5. Pius Gross:

    I love reading your Block. I speak some German, but I always want to learn more. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank-you Pius

  6. diana munzer:

    ich kann das machen. Danke

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