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'''Bertha Benz Memorial Route''' is a tourist route in [[Germany]]. It follows the tracks of the world's first long-distance journey by automobile performed by Bertha Benz in 1888.
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'''Bertha Benz Memorial Route''' is a tourist route in [[Germany]]. It follows the tracks of the world's first long-distance journey by automobile performed by Bertha Benz in 1888, from Mannheim to Pforzheim/Black Forest and back. Length: 194 km (120 miles).
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By plane===  
 
===By plane===  
Airport [[Frankfurt]] am Main/Germany. Then head south about 50 miles to either [[Mannheim]] or [[Heidelberg]].
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Airport [[Frankfurt]] am Main/Germany (IATA: FRA). Then head south by rented car or ICE-train about 50 miles to either [[Mannheim]] or [[Heidelberg]].
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
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Mannheim is one of the most important trainstops in Germany with numerous ICE-train-connections. Cars can be rented at the major train stations.
  
 
===By car or bike===  
 
===By car or bike===  
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Mannheim and Heidelberg, both situated in the Rhine Valley, can be reached via several highways, in Germany called "Autobahn". Though there is no general speed-limit, please drive carefully! And remember: The little spot in your mirror can become a limousine of 2 tons within only a few seconds! 
  
 
== The Route ==
 
== The Route ==
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Mannheim to Pforzheim, approx. 104 km (64 miles), southbound (S):
 
Mannheim to Pforzheim, approx. 104 km (64 miles), southbound (S):
  
*[[Mannheim]], Mannheim Palace, Luisenpark, Water-Tower  
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*[[Mannheim]] - Mannheim Palace, Luisenpark, Water-Tower, several museums
*Feudenheim,
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*Feudenheim  
*[[Ilvesheim]],
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*[[Ilvesheim]]- Ilvesheim Castle
*[[Ladenburg]], Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz, House of the Benz Family, Old Town
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*[[Ladenburg]] - Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz, House and Grave of the Benz Family, Old Town dating back to Roman times
*[[Schriesheim]],  
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*[[Schriesheim]] - Castle Strahlenburg, Silver Mine
*[[Dossenheim]],
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*[[Dossenheim]] - Quarry
*[[Heidelberg]], Heidelberg Castle, Old Town, Old Bridge
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*[[Heidelberg]] - Heidelberg Castle, Old Town, Old Bridge, Hotel "Zum Ritter", University of Heidelberg
*[[Leimen (Baden)|Leimen]],
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*[[Leimen (Baden)|Leimen]]
*[[Nußloch]],
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*[[Nußloch]]
*[[Wiesloch]], The World's first Filling-Station (City Pharmacy)
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*[[Wiesloch]] - The World's first Filling-Station (City Pharmacy)
*[[Mingolsheim]],
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*[[Mingolsheim]]  
*[[Langenbrücken]],
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*[[Langenbrücken]]  
*[[Ubstadt-Weiher|Stettfeld]],
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*[[Ubstadt-Weiher|Stettfeld]]
*[[Ubstadt-Weiher|Ubstadt]],
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*[[Ubstadt-Weiher|Ubstadt]]
*[[Bruchsal]], Bruchsal Castle
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*[[Bruchsal]] - Bruchsal Castle
*[[Bruchsal|Untergrombach]],
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*[[Bruchsal|Untergrombach]]
*[[Weingarten (Baden)|Weingarten]],
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*[[Weingarten (Baden)|Weingarten]] - Walk'sches Haus
*Karlsruhe-Grötzingen,
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*Karlsruhe-Grötzingen
*Berghausen,
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*Berghausen
*[[Pfinztal|Söllingen]],
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*[[Pfinztal|Söllingen]]
*[[Pfinztal|Kleinsteinbach]],
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*[[Pfinztal|Kleinsteinbach]]
*[[Remchingen|Wilferdingen]],
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*[[Remchingen|Wilferdingen]]  
*[[Königsbach-Stein|Königsbach]],
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*[[Königsbach-Stein|Königsbach]]  
*[[Königsbach-Stein|Stein]],
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*[[Königsbach-Stein|Stein]]
*[[Eisingen]],
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*[[Eisingen]]
*[[Pforzheim]] Museum of Jewelry, House of Industry
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*[[Pforzheim]] - Museum of Jewelry, House of Industry
  
  
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Pforzheim to Mannheim, approx. 90 km (56 miles), northbound (N):
 
Pforzheim to Mannheim, approx. 90 km (56 miles), northbound (N):
  
*[[Pforzheim]], (see above)
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*[[Pforzheim]] - Museum of Jewelry, House of Industry
*[[Neulingen|Bauschlott]],
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*[[Neulingen|Bauschlott]] - Castle Bauschlott
*[[Bretten]], Melanchthon's House, close by Maulbronn Abbey ([[World Heritage Site]] of  [[UNESCO]]), students: Johannes Kepler, Friedrich Hölderlin, Hermann Hesse
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*[[Bretten]] - Melanchthon's House, close by Maulbronn Abbey ([[World Heritage Site]] of  [[UNESCO]]), students: Johannes Kepler, Friedrich Hölderlin, Hermann Hesse
*[[Gondelsheim]],  
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*[[Gondelsheim]] - Castle Gondelsheim, Gasthaus "LoewenThor"
*[[Bruchsal|Helmsheim]],
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*[[Bruchsal|Helmsheim]]
*[[Bruchsal|Heidelsheim]],
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*[[Bruchsal|Heidelsheim]]
*[[Bruchsal]], (see above)
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*[[Bruchsal]] - Bruchsal Castle
*[[Forst (Baden)|Forst]],
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*[[Forst (Baden)|Forst]]
*[[Hambrücken]],
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*[[Hambrücken]]
*[[Waghäusel|Wiesental]],
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*[[Waghäusel|Wiesental]] - Eremitage Waghäusel
*[[Kirrlach]], [[Reilingen]],
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*[[Kirrlach]], [[Reilingen]] - Germany's best asparagus
*[[Hockenheim]], Museum of Motorsports at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheimring
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*[[Hockenheim]] - Museum of Motorsports at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheimring (Formula 1)
*[[Hockenheim|Talhaus]],
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*[[Hockenheim|Talhaus]]
*[[Ketsch]],
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*[[Ketsch]] - Backfischfest (baked fish fest) in August
*[[Schwetzingen]], Schwetzingen Castle
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*[[Schwetzingen]] - Schwetzingen Castle  
*Friedrichsfeld,
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*Friedrichsfeld
*Seckenheim,
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*Seckenheim - SAP-Arena
*[[Mannheim]] (see above)
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*[[Mannheim]] - Mannheim Palace, Luisenpark, Water-Tower, several museums
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
More information: info@bertha-benz.de  
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* More information: info@bertha-benz.de
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* Webpage: [http://www.bertha-benz.de Bertha Benz Memorial Route (several languages)]
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 17:10, 27 July 2009

Bertha Benz Memorial Route is a tourist route in Germany. It follows the tracks of the world's first long-distance journey by automobile performed by Bertha Benz in 1888, from Mannheim to Pforzheim/Black Forest and back. Length: 194 km (120 miles).

Contents

Get in

By plane

Airport Frankfurt am Main/Germany (IATA: FRA). Then head south by rented car or ICE-train about 50 miles to either Mannheim or Heidelberg.

By train

Mannheim is one of the most important trainstops in Germany with numerous ICE-train-connections. Cars can be rented at the major train stations.

By car or bike

Mannheim and Heidelberg, both situated in the Rhine Valley, can be reached via several highways, in Germany called "Autobahn". Though there is no general speed-limit, please drive carefully! And remember: The little spot in your mirror can become a limousine of 2 tons within only a few seconds!

The Route

Landscapes

The authentic route taken by Bertha Benz not only links almost forgotten original sites she passed on her way, it also leads to one of the most attractive scenic regions in Germany, the wine region Baden.

This route of industrial heritage of mankind follows several Roman roads in the area of the Upper Rhine Plain, for example the Bergstraße (Mountain Road), it leads along the foot of the Odenwald mountains and the Kraichgau, and shortly before reaching Karlsruhe it branches off into the Pfinztal valley leading to Pforzheim, the entrance to the Black Forest.

As Bertha was afraid of some steep mountains, the return trip follows an alternative route and finally leads along the river Rhine to reach Mannheim again.

Outbound trip

Mannheim to Pforzheim, approx. 104 km (64 miles), southbound (S):


Return trip

Pforzheim to Mannheim, approx. 90 km (56 miles), northbound (N):

Contact

Get out



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