This past week at the ESC we took a day trip to The Kurpfälzisches Museum. This museum features art and archaeology located in Heidelberg, Germany close to Bismarckplatz. We had the chance to be escorted through the museum by a tour guide informing us on what each exhibit was portraying and the history behind each artifact. I was glad to have attended a museum tour relative to the city of Heidelberg because I was anxious to learn more about where I will be staying for the next four months. This was particularly important to me because if I was going to try and make Germany my home away from home, I had to learn the history behind the romance city and how it came to be.
As we were touring through the museum, we stopped and observed important pieces full of information, stories, and even legends. We learned about the copy of the jaw-bone of the Heidelberg man, the Roman presence and ways of life in this time period, and early Middle Age artifacts tying together Heidelberg’s history. We learned that The Kurpfälzisches Museum held what was left of the history of Heidelberg and that a great portion of the art we could have seen, originating from the area, was relocated to Munich along with many other key pieces of it’s history. We stopped by the artifacts that were washed of all of their color due to a certain artist’s personal preferences. Being able to compare the color and colorless gravestones, we were able to see what an impact this artist made in history. After learning this, our group planned a trip to Amsterdam. During our stay, we attended the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and saw one of the beautifully colored pieces that lasted through this time period.
Overall The Kurpfälzisches Museum was one of my favorite tours thus far. It was very informative yet not overwhelming. The size of the museum was much smaller compared to the Rijksmuseum so I feel this was an appropriate first museum tour to ease the group into the history behind our “hometown”.
Luckily for us, our tour of Heidelberg’s history extended to the GelatoGo shop right across the street from The Kurpfälzisches Museum, specially requested by our tour guide. We tried the delicious ice cream and got a small taste of the Italian heritage within Germany. From here, we walked down the street to try our first Döner Kebab, which was one of my favorites so far. I was impressed by the way they carved the meat off of a vertical rotisserie as I was standing there, making the whole pita sandwich fresh in front of me.
I would say this was our most culturally-experienced day and it was only the first week of our group arriving. In one afternoon, we had the chance to tour the Heidelberg city, observe what great history lies behind the storefronts and even taste the Italian and Turkish culture that has spilled over onto Heidelberg’s cobblestone roads overtime.