Exploring the winding lanes of the old town
Heppenheim was the last destination on our Lakes and Lederhosen 2019 road trip before we headed back to the UK.
Marktplatz in Heppenheim
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Well, those doubts were soon diminished as we stepped into Heppenheim’s Marktplatz and it felt like we had gatecrashed a movie set. It was beautiful.
They grow wine too
Heppenheim in southern Hesse is also known for its wine. Rows of manicured vineyards standing side by side across the hillside terraces is always a pleasant sight to see.
Lush hillsides of Heppenheim
The variety of wine that is mainly harvested in this region is Riesling.
Due to the favourable soil conditions and its ideal climate, the dry Riesling is of high quality. I can imagine very sought after.
Vineyards nestled in the foothills of Starkenburg, a fortified castle
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The old town in Heppenheim is incredibly pretty, you would completely miss it if you didn’t stop and take the short meander up the hill to the charming square.
Through the arch to the Altstadt
Winding streets of Heppenhein
Lanes leading to Marktplatz
All through the tiny lanes are colourful dwellings so immaculately kept.
Little boutiques, cafes and ice cream parlours were tempting you in.
Even though the Altstadt attracts visitors, it still feels like it is in the hands of its residents.
Well, if you’re a Formula 1 fan, then you may be curious, and that is Sebastian Vettel was born in Heppenheim.
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The Marktplatz is breath-taking, with its lovely central Marienbrunnen (fountain), where locals gather for a chat. Surrounded on all side by historical half-timbered buildings.
It’s so pleasing to see the care and pride that is taken here in Heppenheim. The Rathaus (town hall) plays a central role; however, there are so many other beautiful buildings here too.
The Goldener Engel hotel in Marktplatz
Hit the road
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Heppenheim to Frankfurt is only around 38 miles (60km).
Although you won’t want to leave the Marktplatz, the intriguing little lanes that lead off of it are so inviting. Quaint rose line lanes with even more half-timbered homes for you to admire.
Half-timbered homes in Heppenheim
Cycling into Marktplatz
Empty streets around Altstadt
The colourful streets were so peaceful, you almost felt like you had them to yourself, and you were on your own voyage of discovery.
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Take me to church
Strolling a little further up through Heppenheim and you’ll arrive at St. Peter’s church. Standing pride of place at the top of the town.
St Peter’s church Heppenheim
“Cathedral of the Bergstraße” in Heppenheim
St Peter’s church is also known as the "Cathedral of the Bergstraße". The church was built in neo-gothic style was erected between 1900 and 1904.
While wandering around Heppenheim keep a lookout for the quirky streetlamps. Dotted all through the old town, these lamps have some interesting if not quite strange depictions on them.
Unusual streetlamps through Heppenheim
Every lamp tells a story
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