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Turns out I am better at taking photos *from* hills than *of* hills. I do like a lovely sweeping view. But this one is both - a view down from the hill with Heidelberg castle on it (which is steep enough you go up in a funicular), and across the Neckar valley to the hills on the other side.



I am better at taking photos *from* hills than *of* hills.
Exactly my problem, too.

I do like your view.
I have zillions of beautiful Prague rooftops pictures from the castle hill, and exactly one blurry image of the hill from below. Ah well.
That's a lovely area.
Isn't it!
Very clever of you! And lovely.
Thanks! Gorgeous part of the world.
Lovely pic! How fun to see my uni town and home town for several years in your pic! Although any local would feel highly insulted if you referred to the surrounding elevations as "hills"! The name alone suggests that it's not hills but mountains (Berg in German). ;o)
Kidding aside, there is no exact definition for either hill or mountain in German, but elevations of this size, height and particularly steepness would never be referred to as hills in German, except perhaps when rising as singular shape over a flatter area. I got curious about the different usages and checked the dictionary, which suggests that there are a lot of cases where German and English would use hill versus mountain for the same thing, like, for example, a castle hill - or a "Schloßberg", like the one the Heidelberg castle sits upon. (And hey, I've worked there as a castle guide for two years, and walked up that thing four days a week - no way that is a hill! *lol* )
In Britain they are strictly classified by height - over 2,000ft and it is a mountain, below it and it is a hill. Which is why my island has a lot of hills but only one mountain; Snaefell makes it by 34ft which is 10.35m!
I know about this ever since I saw "An Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain". *g* I looked it up for Germany as I wasn't sure myself, and found that we don't have a defined distinction, and that it's mostly usage-from-old, although with some pointers like the steeper the more likely to be called mountain. I live in a region which is called hilly, but many more distincitve elevations are called mountaints, not hills. Not very helpful if you want to know what is what! *g* The way I always understood it (so, likely the usage taken over from my family etc.) was that a hill is lower, smoother, often also rather small and in any case something you don't need to get off of your cycle on the way up (talking of regular fitness, not sport/race/mountain cyclists or so). I also always noticed that whatever is involved, ususally a hill is regarded as inferior, like if you walk up a hill it's seen the same as if you walk up a mountain, even if they would be the same one, just named differently. I suppose it's much more sensible to discern by height or so! :D
"An Englishman who went up a hill and came down a mountain"

One of my most favourite film titles ever :)
Heh. As Wombat says, our mountains (such as they are) are strictly defined by height, not gradient, so to me these are definitely hills. Albeit hills I would not want to climb in the heat of they day I was there!
What a lovely view - full of so many interesting details that I have sat looking at it for a couple of minutes.
It's a wonderful view. Very famous (or really, the bits with the castle ruins in are the famous ones, but it's famously beautiful at least!), and well worth the trip!
That's a lovely view, such pretty coloured houses on the far side of the river. I'm very taken with the lovely tidy grass and path on top of the castle too.
The castle has lovely gardens - laid out for an English princess, who clearly had a thing about lawns!