From Paderborn-Lippstadt to Mannheim
The weather outlook for the weekend of November 12/13, 2016 was good enough to consider a weekend trip to Heidelberg in Germany. The staff answering the phone on Friday at the rental company at Lelystad was not sure if they could rent-out a plane from Saturday until Sunday to Mannheim, and the owner was not available to ask. So instead on Saturday morning we drove to Paderborn-Lippstadt airport to take a plane from the aeroclub. It was quite a drive for such a short trip, but there would not be that many more opportunities left that year. The good thing was that we could fly a faster Cessna Skylane, instead of a slower 160 HP Piper Warrior.
A high pressure area in the north-east brought less visibility, and there was a stratus layer over the Sauerland all the way to the Taunus mountains north of Frankfurt. We first flew to the south west, and then in the direction of Bingen, west of Frankfurt. North of Bingen above the Rhine we descended free of clouds under the ceiling of the ongoing stratus layer ahead, and to remain clear of the lowering Frankfurt airspace near Bingen.
Some 20 miles north of Mannheim City airport we changed frequency to Mannheim, who directed us to approach the airport via entry point Kilo to land on runway 27. After landing at Mannheim City airport, we parked the plane, and then walked to the tram station just outside the airport, to take the tram to Heidelberg. In Heidelberg we first checked into our hotel, and then visited the city.
Cessna D-EJNG at Paderborn-Lippstadt
René fueling the Cessna
Stratus clouds over Sauerland
Rhine north-east of Frankfurt
North of Mannheim
Final runway 27 Mannheim City airport
René and Veleda at Mannheim City airport
Travelling from Mannheim City Airport to Heidelberg
Germany's oldest and most famous university town is renowned for its Old Town, beautiful riverside setting and the ruins of the Heidelberger Schloss. As Heidelberg was neither an industrial centre nor a transport hub, it emerged from WW2 almost unscathed. The offer on cultural activities in Heidelberg is more diverse than in any other city of comparable size.
Heidelberg Castle is the landmark of Heidelberg, overlooking the Old Town. The castle ruins are the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. It is a steep but short hike from the Old Town. The construction lasted over 400 years. The two dominant buildings at the eastern and northern side of the courtyard were erected in the 16th century.
The Heiliggeist Church (Church of the Holy Spirit) is the most famous church in Heidelberg. The church was constructed between 1398 and 1515 on the site where before two older churches existed. In the course of its history, the Church of the Holy Spirit was used by both Catholics and Protestants, even simultaneously.
The house Zum Ritter Sankt Georg (Knight St. George) is one of the few buildings to survive the War of Succession. Standing across from the Church of the Holy Spirit, it was built in the style of the late Renaissance. It is named after the sculpture at the top. It was erected in 1592 by Charles Belier, a Huguenot who had emigrated from France to Heidelberg.
Church of the Holy Spirit
Zum Ritter Sankt Georg
From Mannheim to Paderborn-Lippstadt
On Sunday morning after breakfast we made a walk to Heidelberg Castle, from where there is a view over the Altstadt and the Neckar River. After the visit we returned to the hotel to collect our luggage, and then we took the tram to Mannheim airport. Upon paying the airport fees, we walked to the plane, and then flew back to Paderborn-Lippstadt. We returned home at about five o'clock.
René at Mannheim City airport
Take-off Mannheim City airport
Taunus mountains, Frankfurt
Wind turbines near Reichelsheim
Final runway 24 Paderborn-Lippstadt
René and Veleda with the Cessna