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Weinheim (also known as Weinheim an der Bergstraße in German or Weinheim (Bergstraße)) [1] is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, approximately 15 km north of Heidelberg and 10 km northeast of Mannheim. It has about 43,000 inhabitants. Weinheim was first mentioned in 755 AD in the Lorsch Codex and mentioned as a city in 1264 AD. Weinheim is situated on the eastern slopes of the Odenwald, called the Bergstraße, one of the warmest regions in Germany.

Altes Rathaus in the Marktplatz of Weinheim, Germany

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

  • For information on trams and local buses, check out the Rhein-Neckar Verkehr website [4]
  • This online map [5] will help you get around by foot.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Marktplatz central place (pedestrian only) with many restaurants and bars. Nice to sit in the shade of the trees on one of the restaurant terraces. Beautiful medieval half-timbered houses.
  • Gerberbachviertel (old town) between Marktplatz and the Windeck castle, with sometimes narrow streets and lots of beautiful half-timbered houses. And of course the small brook where the tanners (Gerber) used to work in medieval times.
  • Castle Windeck Partly restaurated ruin of a medieval castle. Beer garden and nice view of the town, the river Rhine valley and the sourrounding hills of the Odenwald. Around half an hour walk from downtown by foot, or a few minutes by car.
  • Exotenwald (Exotic forest), full of trees imported from around the world, but mostly from North America and Japan.
  • Schlosspark
  • Hermannshof botanical garden near Schlosspark and Marktplatz. Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm (april to september only, march and oct. daily 10am to 6 pm; during winter from november to february open monday to friday 10 am to 4 pm[6]) Entrance: Babostraße or Grabengasse.
  • Castle Wachenburg built at the beginning of the 20th century by a corps of (former) students. Around 1h walk from downtown by foot, or a few minutes by car.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hiking to the two Castles and Buchkligen. Odenwald forest is a nice place to go hiking. Follow the white square - signs that are painted on lampposts and trees from the Windeck castle and you will get to the Wachenburg castle. If you are still not tired after this 300m ascent on mount "Wachenberg" you can follow the white square to Buchklingen, a small village in Odenwald forests. Here you will find a pub "Grüner Baum" to chill your thirst with a Beer or Apple Wine (local specialty!). Of course you can also have a big Schnitzel. (This pub is closed from Monday to Wednesday, unless there is a holiday.)
  • The Kerwe festival taking place from Friday to Monday on the 2nd weekend in August is the annual celebration of the anniversary of the consecration of the church, but really just a party during which the Marktplatz and the surrounding Altstadt (old part of the city) is crowded, and thousands of lanterns are lit in the Schlosspark on Saturday.
  • Lake Waidsee [7] The place to stay cool on hot summer days, also offers you a nice lawn to relax in the sun. Entrance fee: 3.30€ for the whole day.
  • Miramar [8] swimming pool - adventure pool with a sauna and outside area with sandy beach access to lake Waidsee. Not cheap but big. Entrance fee 17.70€ for 4 hours or 19€ for the whole day.
  • Wine tasting - there is no wineyard in Weinheim, only (expensive) wine shops. BUT there are many farmers making wine along Bergstaße (Highway B3), for instance in towns like Lützelsachsen, Großsachsen, Leuterhausen... just get off the OEG 5/5R train at some stop on the way between Weinheim and Heidelberg. The best time for Wine is Fall during the grapes harvest, because then you can taste their New Wine - wine that is still in the process of fermentation and tastes really good. Don't forget to buy Strawberries, Cherries, Apples... (seasonal) and the Apple Wine!!!

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • A few shops are on Bahnhofstrasse, but you will find more if you follow this into the center of town and walk along the Hauptstrasse (main street). In Weinheim you will mostly find rather luxury shops (Jewellery, expensive Shoe shops,...).
  • To buy clothes and electronic devices, most Weinheim residents go to "Rhein-Neckar-Zentrum" shopping mall in Viernheim, accesible with the 5/5R OEG train from Weinheim on the way to Mannheim.
  • Woinemer 'Plob' Beer. It's only availible in Weinheim's pubs and supermarkets and filled in special swing-top bottles making a caracteristic 'plob' sound when you open it.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Mr Pommy on Bahnhofstrasse does Döner and half-chicken and chips meals.
  • Kebap Haus near the train station does Döner kebaps, funnily enough.
  • EGE Döner right on the bridge at main station provides a superb Döner.
  • Mc Donald's is about 300 m south of main station on Bergstraße, just across rom the tram stop OEG Bahnhof.
  • Subway about 500 m west of the train station inside the Shell Gas Station following Mannheimer Straße (old B 38).

Mid-range[edit]

  • Woinemer Hausbrauerei [9] A Micro Brewery - own beer brewed in same buidling, also serving very good traditional regional food, Friedrichstraße 23, Phone [0]6201-12001
  • Da Peppino Italian Restaurant, very tasty pasta and salads, close to Hauptstr./Bahnhofstraße junction, take the stairs opposite of the horse statue, Karlsberg 10, Phone [0]6201-182635
  • Stadtschenke [10] Italian Restaurant, nice & big Pizza from a stone oven in a very old house, near Marktplatz, Hauptstraße 107, Phone [0]6201-15257
  • Pavillon on Bahnhofstrasse is a Chinese restaurant with a buffet, or you can order off the menu.
  • Kugelofen [11] The Restaurant on Marktplatz, one of the few Restaurants operating here for decades (for a reason...), not cheap but still reasonable - very good German and Italian food. Phone[0]6201-66644.
  • La Cave ... in an old arch basement - just as the name tells. German and Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Vannini Ice Cream Hauptstr. 78, (close to Hauptstr./Bahnhofstraße junction, opposite of horse statue). Only self-service, no seats, BUT Great Ice cream! - the lines on hot summer days aren't there without a reason!

Splurge[edit]

  • La Cantina [12] Posh Italian Restaurant with a big fishtank - Maybe not the backpacker's choice. The waiters are dressep up well. You can get truffles, lobster, salmon - not to be confused with a canteen...

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Woinemer Hausbrauerei [13], Friedrichstr. 23, Micro brewery with a beer garden, also serve hearty German meals. Their beer is only availible in Weinheim - you can also buy it at local super markets, maybe as a souvenir.
  • Regie cocktail bar, Hauptstrasse 108 (slightly down a side street just past Müller). All cocktails, baguettes and Flammkuchen are named after movies and movie stars.
  • Windeck castle In the summer, enjoy a beer or an apple cider and a spectacular view across the town and the Rhine valley in the beer garden in the ruins of castle Windeck, up the hill in the east of the town. [14] You'll definitely be ready for a beer after the walk up. Open Tuesdays to Sundays in fine weather from 5PM, and on Sundays and public holidays from 10AM.
  • Unicum Those wanting to drink beer and other stuff till late should go here. Hauptstrasse 107, in the basement of the Italian Restsaurant "Stadtschenke". Open 7PM to 2AM (3AM on weekends). Also serving Pizza and Flammkuchen.

On the Marktplatz you can find:

  • La Cave, Marktplatz 1. German and Mediterranean cuisine. Open between March to October from 10AM, otherwise from 6PM
  • Café Florian [15] Beer, Wine and small sancks on the Markplatz, Tapas is a specialty here.
  • Montmartre on top of Marktlatz. Serving the Beer from "Woinemer Hausbrauerei" (see above), wine and Flammkuchen (Special kind of Pizza from French Region "Alsace")


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • DJH (YHA/HI) youth hostel, Breslauer Str. 46 (take tram to stop Stahlbad), +49 6201 68484, (info@jugendherberge-weinheim.de, fax: +49 6201 182730) [16]. Beds: 129. Price ca. €19–30 (€2.20 extra on first night).
  • Marktplatzhotel, Am Marktplatz 7, +49 6201 64094, (fax 18 31 02, info@marktplatzhotel.de), [17]. Weekdays/weekend rates are €110/€100 for an apartment, €95/€80 for a double, €75/€64 for single room (supplement), and €57/€49 for single room (standard).
  • NH Hotels has two hotels in Weinheim. Hauptrasse 126, +49 6201 18070 (nhottheinrich@nh-hotels.com), prices from €60 to €95, and Breslauerstrasse 52, +49 6201 1030 (nhweinheim@nh-hotels.com), prices from €55,[18] Both are equipped with WiFi hotspots.

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