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Heidelberg, a picturesque, intellectual city, sits in the south of Germany in the Baden-Württemberg region. The university has hosted many brilliant and creative figures in time, and is especially known for its literary background, as it was named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2014. During fair-weather days, tourists walk the streets, knowingly and unknowingly tracing the steps of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Max Weber, Friedrich Hegel, Clemens Brentano, Bettina von Arnim, Josef Eichendorff, and many other famous figures.
Mark Twain, a literary favorite, spent several months in Heidelberg during 1878. He is known especially for his works Huckleberry Finn, A Tramp Abroad, and Tom Sawyer. During his stay, he slept at Hotel Schrieder, now called Crowne Plaza, and then Hotel Schloss, near the ruins of the old castle. In his book, A Tramp Abroad, Twain wrote many chapters depicting Heidelberg and its surroundings. It is known that he enjoyed observing the student prison, as well as sitting in on lectures at the university.