Heidelberg Castle Illumination and Fireworks
Location: Heidelberg Castle
After some minutes, the red of the castle gradually fades, and the second part of the show begins: a spectacular firework over the River Neckar. This recalls an incident that occurred long before the castle was reduced to a ruin: when the Elector-Palatine, Friedrich V, first brought his newlywed bride, Elizabeth Stuart (daughter of James I of England), back to Heidelberg in 1613, he arranged for her to be greeted with a sumptuous fireworks display. He thus established a tradition that has continued right up to the present day. In 2013 the event celebrated its 400th anniversary.