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View of a shoe-shaped imprint on a cobblestone of the Great Terrace. Image: Wikipedia, public
A bold knight

The Knight's Leap

On the Great Terrace at Heidelberg Palace, a shoe-shaped imprint fascinates visitors from across the globe. A brave knight is said to have left this deep impression in the sandstone as he leaped from a window in the Friedrich Building.

Great Terrace on the Friedrich Building at Heidelberg Palace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Julia Haseloff

Shoe imprint on the Great Terrace.

He leaped for his life

According to legend, a lady-in-waiting was entertaining a knight in one of the rooms of the Friedrich Building. Upon the discovery of the couple in flagranti, the knight is said to have leaped from the window in desperation. The iron shoe of his armor left a deep impression in the sandstone on the Great Terrace. In another version, the knight was forced to jump through fire in full armor.

comparing shoe sizes on the terrace. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Julia Haseloff

Large print, small foot:

Comparing shoe sizes

Today, visitors to Heidelberg Palace enjoy placing their own foot inside the imprint left by the "knight's leap." If the imprint fits, the legend says that that person can expect to live a happy life.

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