Sunday, April 05, 2009


Yesterday we went to Karlsruhe! It's only about 45 minutes away by S-Bahn (the slower, regional train), but we've only really been there for layovers at the train station on our way to points further south. We and a friend wanted to see Slumdog Millionaire in English, but couldn't find any English viewings in Heidelberg or Mannheim. (Key to help you find one: "OV" next to the listing means Original Verfassung/Originalfassung - the original version, in the original language of the movie. "OmU" is Original mit Untertiteln, original with German subtitles.) We ended up using to find one, and the closest were in Karlsruhe and Frankfurt. We decided to go to Karlsruhe a little early to look around.

Karlsruhe is a little smaller than Mannheim and has a university. There's a castle of the sprawling-with-garden variety, and the roads fan out with the castle as a central point. The city is almost entirely modern, with wide roads and sidewalks, fountains, flower beds, and enormous pedestrian areas. The weather was beautiful and everyone was out walking around! Click the cherry blossoms for more photos:

Karlsruhe Apr 09

We had just made it from the train station to the castle when we realized we were getting a little short on time and weren't completely sure whether to trust Google Maps on the location of the theater, so we set out for it, with an ice cream stop on the way. :D

The theater was indeed where Google said it was so we were a little early and checked out all the posters outside. Today they're showing Baraka, a great movie from the 90s showing various scenes from around the world. It looks like a pretty cool place. Only about five other people showed up for the movie with us - I guess because of the great weather, or maybe people just prefer to see their movies dubbed into German rather than subtitled. Some of the movie is actually in Hindi and then subtitled into English so at points there was a little confusion with English and German subtitles all over the screen! Still, I was happy to get to see it in the original language. After the movie we wandered around, mysteriously (or not-so) in the mood for Indian food, but unable to find any in the vicinity of the theater. We decided the general direction of the university may be the way to go for that, and found some!!

We headed back to Heidelberg on the 8:30 S-Bahn. It was packed to the rafters with people coming to Heidelberg and Mannheim to party! There was definitely a summery feel on the hot, standing-only party train. ;)

And now: today's Heidelberg Spring Watch!There's green above the line of the castle now!


  1. I'm curious, what did you think of the movie?

  2. Oh, I'm so jealous of your spring's SNOWING here in Chicago tonight!

  3. Yes, do tell us what you thought of the movie. Did it live up to the hype?

    I'm quite surprised you don't have a cinema that shows movies in the original language there

  4. Snooker/J: I didn't have strong feelings either way about the movie - I wasn't blown away by it, and I wasn't disappointed, either. Because of the hype I was always going over, in the back of my mind, an analysis of why this movie would do well in the US. Anyway, email me if you want to talk about anything more spoilery about it.

    Jen: My dad called while we were cooking the Haxe yesterday to say it was blizzarding there!! :O

    J: Normally we do have some movies in the original language either here or in Mannheim. I don't know what the deal was with this movie. They even had a big day of showing all the Oscar movies in OV, with one exception: Slumdog Millionaire. Not sure why.

  5. I'm not sure, but it might be that they were showing Slumdog Millionaire at the 54th International Heidelberg-Mannheim Film Festival a couple months ago (in OV of course, like all movies there).


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