Heidelberg is a magical place. Not only can you experience history, you can encounter a dragon in the the Königstuhl Forest. Really.
It is a forest dragon that adapts to its natural environment and provides a resting place for walkers and wanderers alike. When the grown-ups aren't looking, he plays with the children, takes them on trips up into the clouds to other enchanted cities, castles and secret places, which only the dragon knows.
In any case, that is how it seemed to me when I saw this mother with her two daughters on the trail at the Königstuhl. I was wandering through the forest taking reference photos for "Heidelberg wimmelt". The sun was shining, the girls were squealing with delight as they played with this forest dragon (which is also happens to be a bench). The mom looked so happy and relaxed. I think I was witness of an idyllic moment, which we all long for - a moment that is perfect, full of contentment and happiness. A moment that is fleeting, but yet, permanent. I wanted to capture this perfection. That's why I drew this little family in the forest.
The trail, Via Naturae & Forest Adventure Trail, at the Königstuhl in Heidelberg offers children ample room for imagination to measure their strength and agility, and to experience the music of the forest. Currently the weather is nice, the autumn leaves still hang and the sky is a beautiful blue (at least that is what my cousin from Heidelberg recently told me). So perfect for a little excursion. And for the opportunity to experience a perfect little happiness.
And if you do have against all expectations some bad weather or are simply too far away to reach the Königstuhl, you can experience the other part of the via Naturae in my wimmelbook. You can get "Heidelberg wimmelt" from your favorite book seller, directly from Silberburg-Verlag, or an online bookstore of your choice.
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