I’ve reveled in bicycle crazy towns before – Boulder comes to mind – but Heidelberg, Germany, takes cycling to a new level. Senior citizens in berets, ladies in dresses and heels, University of Heidelberg students wearing huge backpacks, dads with kids in baskets or trailer – everyone seems to be on a bike.
When my husband, Allyn Vonderchek, and I went to Heidelberg for the Sept. 29 weekend, I could tell he was bike-smitten.
Bikes can go so many places that cars can’t – even in the wrong direction.
Even espresso is brewed and sold from a bike.
On Sunday morning, though it was chilly and wet, we went in search of rental bikes. We found NextBike, a rental service that’s all over Germany. It reminded me of RedBikes back at home in Cincinnati, Ohio.
You just go online and download the NextBike app. Of course, they want your credit card info.
They unlock the bike from the stand remotely, and then you must unlock the hefty padlock, too.
Then we were off – riding up and down the Neckar River, with great views of Heidelberg’s historic Altshadt district. And the castle, of course.
After all that biking, the husband thought he deserved a brat. And beer, of course. Prost!