The Philosophers’ Way in Heidelberg winds in a serpentine along the southern slope of Mount Heiligenberg. This hiking trail owes its romantic name to the university professors, who liked to walk here. The view of the Old Bridge over the Neckar River and of Heidelberg Castle opening from the trail inspired the German poets of romanticism -Baron Joseph von Eichendorff and Johann Hölderlin. Now the Eichendorff Stone with the poet’s bronze bas-relief and the Merian-Kanzel platform remind about it. Painter Matthäus Merian immortalized Hölderlin in the print at this place in 1620.
Reaching the Philosopher’s Garden (Philosophengaertchen), you can find absolutely atypical for Germany plants such as Sakura, cypress, lemon, bamboo, rhododendron, and gingko tree. They were brought here from the Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia. And they have taken root thanks to the mild local climate.