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Heidelberg lies at the mouth of a narrow gorge - a gorge
the shape of a shepherd's crook; if one looks - Page 9
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Heidelberg Lies At The Mouth Of A Narrow Gorge - A Gorge The Shape Of A Shepherd's Crook; If One Looks

Up it he perceives that it is about straight, for a mile and a half, then makes a sharp curve

To the right and disappears. This gorge - along whose bottom pours the swift Neckar - is confined between (or cloven through) a couple of long, steep ridges, a thousand feet high and densely wooded clear to their summits, with the exception of one section which has been shaved and put under cultivation. These ridges are chopped off at the mouth of the gorge and form two bold and conspicuous headlands, with Heidelberg nestling between them; from their bases spreads away the vast dim expanse of the Rhine valley, and into this expanse the Neckar goes wandering in shining curves and is presently lost to view.

Now if one turns and looks up the gorge once more, he will see the Schloss Hotel on the right perched on a precipice overlooking the Neckar - a precipice which is so sumptuously cushioned and draped with foliage that no glimpse of the rock appears. The building seems very airily situated. It has the appearance of being on a shelf half-way up the wooded mountainside; and as it is remote and isolated, and very white, it makes a strong mark against the lofty leafy rampart at its back.

This hotel had a feature which was a decided novelty, and one which might be adopted with advantage by any house which is perched in a commanding situation.

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