Mark Twain in Heidelberg 1878

Heidelberg inspires not only the German people. The famous American author Mark Twain has visited the beautiful palatine town Heidelberg in 1878. His impressions he wrote down in his book “A Tramp Abroad”. In his appertaining essay about the German language, which, by the way, Twain found awful, he describes his visit in the Heidelberg Castle:

„I went often to look at the collection of curiosities in Heidelberg Castle, and one day I surprised the keeper of it with my German. I spoke entirely in that language. He was greatly interested; and after I had talked awhile he said my German was very rare, possibly a ‘unique’; and wanted to add it to his museum.“

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