Last night was the first Schlossbeleuchtung ("castle illumination") of the year. Heidelberg does this three times per summer - in June, July, and September. The castle and the ends of the Alte Bruecke are lit up and smoky to look like they are on fire, and then there is a fireworks show shot off from the Alte Bruecke.
We lined up along the Neuenheimer Landstrasse on the north side of the Neckar about an hour before the show so we could have a good view. Lots of others did the same, and the road was actually closed off for the foot traffic. There really aren't a lot of places to watch from, since the castle can't be seen from the other side of the river and the places along the river are a little limited by trees and such. We were pretty pissed when it became clear that tour boats full of people were going to park along the Neckar right in front of us only 10 minutes before the start, obstructing our view with not enough time for us to find another place to go. It wouldn't have been so bad, but the flag of the boat in front of us was right in front of the castle. Several people asked the boat captain to take it down, but to no avail. So you can see in the video above - the castle and bridge are on fire, but...the flag is in the way. So, a big hearty screw you to the captain and crew of the Alt-Heidelberg tour boat, and all the other tour boats who were obstructing the views of others. Hopefully next time we will find a better place to watch from. The fireworks themselves were pretty nice - it was neat to see some of the extra tricks they could do having a nice central stage like the Alte Bruecke. Most fireworks I've seen have been shot off from boats or parks. They had some going in waves and patterns up and down the bridge, and at the end in waterfalls over the sides. Pretty cool! If we're in town for the other shows this year we'll have to check them out from different viewpoints to find the best!