Heppenheim lies between the Odenwald and Ried, just a few kilometers from the Rhine-Main-Neckar conurbations. Somebody strolling through Heppenheim's old town will really breathe history: historic half-timbered houses, quaint alleyways and idyllic squares characterize the image of the city, the wine and festival regions. The castle of Starkenburg stands high above it.
Spring in Heppenheim stands for sun-drenched vineyards and beautifully blooming fruit trees; summer theater at "I m Hof un uff de Gass," the Bergstrasser wine market and many more. When the autumn paints the leaves yellow-red and the vineyards shine, it's also a great time to come to Heppenheim. The winegrowers are busy at harvest time, and every corner has the fragrance of fresh wine-Federweißer and Federroter-and, of course, onion tart.
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Here are our Top 10 tour bus destinations and places in and around Heppenheim:
1. Burg Rodenstein
The castle was founded about 1240 by Rudolf and Friedrich von Crumbach, who from 1256 called themselves "Von Rodenstein." The castle has since borne its name. In the years that followed, the castle was renovated several times, changing its exterior. The Rodenstein family lived here until they died in 1635. Since the castle was no longer in use, it gradually vanished over time. A Coach Charter Europe Tour Bus will reach the castle ruins in just under half an hour from Heppenheim.
2. Felsenmeer, Odenwald
If you like long walks, you should spend a few hours in the "Felsenmeer". Book your Coach Charter Europe tour bus and enjoy the half-hour drive into the Odenwald. The Felsenmeer on the rocky mountain above Lautertal-Reichenbach in the Vorderen Odenwald is a rocky landscape of dark grey quartz diorite. The Felsenmeer was already used by the Romans and later by the local stonemasons for stone extraction. Nowadays the Felsenmeer is a popular recreation area and destination for families and hikers. It lies within the nature reserve "Felsberg bei Reichenbach". At the upper end of the Felsenmeer there is a small spring, whose rivulet flows between the rocks down into the valley and finally flows into the Graulbach.
3. Heppenheim Old Twon
The beautiful Old Town of Heppenheim is a largely preserved, picturesque old town centre with many timber-frame houses. Some small remnants of the city wall have been preserved as well. Streets and squares in the Altstadt include: Marktplatz (Market Square); Marktgasse (Market Street); Schunkengasse; and Kleine Bach. Siegfriedstraße is a street outside the Altstadt along its north side, it has a number of half-timbered buildings intermixed with more modern structures. Enjoy the arcitecture, watch the locals go about their daily business, enjoy some lovely food and drink, or just take a stroll through the Old Town. You will enjoy it either way.
4. Laternenweg (Latern Trail)
Heppenheim becomes "fabulous" after nightfall. More than 150 silhouettes by the artist Albert Völkl have been glowing from the street lamps in the old town of Heppenheim since 2004-all portraying Hessian legends. They tell tales about ancient days, dragons, gnomes, and unredeemed knights. Tales of bravery and cunning, of sacrifice and of devotion. All lanterns are signposted, and visitors can discover the entire Lantern Trail and hence the old town of Heppenheim on their own. The silhouettes illuminated by street lamps lead from the market square through narrow alleys to secret locations and romantic corners, activating the imagination of the audience much as the storytellers did back then.
5. Römerpflaster (Roman pavement)
In 1955, parts of a Roman cobbled street were found during civil engineering works in Darmstädter Straße. The stones were secured and installed on Feuerbachplatz (junction of Karl-Marx-Straße/Karlstraße). This Roman pavement is a great rarity. They are wild cobblestones, partly polygonal, partly roundish in shape, as they have been used for thousands of years to secure streets, paths and surfaces.
6. Starkenburg Castle
Starkenburg Castle is situated above the town of Heppenheim on the 295 m high Schlossberg. An ascent to the castle is worthwhile because of the incomparable view of the Rhine plain and the Odenwald. The Höhenburg was built in 1065 to protect the Lorsch Monastery. The castle was an important refuge for the monks of the monastery. Later its importance declined, the castle was abandoned in the second half of the 18th century and decayed with time. The keep of Starkenburg Castle became so dilapidated over the centuries that it was blown up in October 1924. The striking keep, which can be seen from afar today, was not completed until 1930. It is not, as usual, in the middle of the castle, but at the western entrance. Thus the castle now has a larger open space in the courtyard. Only little of the original historical building substance has been preserved. These days, the Palas is now used as a youth hostel. The Burgschänke Starkenburg is a good place to stop for a bite to eat. Weddings are also celebrated there with pleasure.
7. Museum of Local History and Folclore
The Heppenheim Museum is housed in the Kurmainzer Amtshof, a building complex dating back to the 14th century. In the historical background, the history of Heppenheim from the early days of the city to the end of the 20th century is traced and related to the general historical transition. The presentation focuses on the importance of Starkenburg Castle, the history of the Wilhelminian Empire, National Socialism, the post-war era, the economic boom and the social reform arising from the 1968 student revolution.
8. Heppenheimer Mühlenrundweg (Heppenheim Mill Circuit)
In Heppenheim and its districts, over many centuries, around 60 mill sites in water mills and a donkey mill not only ground, but also pulverised, stamped, ground, sawed, tumbled and generated energy. This high concentration of mills on relatively small streams is very unusual. Over the course of time, more than 1000 millers carried out their strenuous work in the mills. The circular route was laid out in 2014 with 15 stations and was extended to Kirschhausen in 2016 and supplemented by a further 6 stations. Join us on special guided tours of the mills or discover for yourself the evidence of 800 years of mill history.
9. Bergstrasse Wine Festival
The wine festival with over 60 years of tradition in the district town of 25,000 inhabitants invites you every year to one of the most beautiful summer festivals on the Bergstrasse. The Bergstrasse Wine Market is one of the most important wine festivals in Hessen with a nationwide reputation and is visited by 80,000 people every year, who are very happy to enjoy the daily changing music and entertainment program. The alleys of the old town invite you to stroll, the wine bays and restaurants with cosy outdoor seating invite you to linger and enjoy. The culinary offer of this popular summer festival is very varied and includes mountain wines, seccos and sparkling wines as well as other regional specialities.
10. Lorsch Monastery
The monastery of Lorsch was a Benedictine abbey in Lorsch in the district of Bergstrasse (Hesse) in Germany. It was founded in 764 and was a centre of power, spirit and culture until the high Middle Ages as an imperial monastery. The Lorsch Monastery has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. Furthermore, it is a protected cultural asset according to the Hague Convention. The Lorsch Pharmacopoeia from the end of the 8th century was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany in 2013.
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