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Weinheim Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Weinheim vacation , Odenwald


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Weinheim - Altstadt 3 stars
It’s very pretty. Narrow, twisty streets with wooden beamed houses just like something out of a Grimm Brothers fairy tale. The ‘schmalste Haus’ is a novelty as it’s only a mere 2.1m wide but a wall mural (dedicated to St. Florian – Patron Saint of Fire Workers) painted on one house caught my eye. “St. Florian mit deiner Hand, schütz dieses Haus vor Blitz und Brand“ which literally translates to protect this house from fire and lighting but is locally understood to mean ...if a house does have to burn down, make sure it’s not mine! It’s a nice way to relax just by wandering around the streets, imagining what it would have been like hundreds of years ago.

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Weinheim - Kerwe (Festival) 3 stars
Weinheim Kerwe takes place on the second weekend in August and runs from midday Friday through to Monday night. A mixture of old and new there are numerous attractions and activities for the young and old. Live bands, dancing, traditional processions and ceremonies, a funfair and of course copious amounts of food and drink to be consumed. One of the highlights was the ‘Night of a Thousand Lights’ in the Schloss Park. One thousand Chinese lanterns lit by tea-lights and arranged all around the park. It was quite a surreal visual experience. Over 20,000 visitors come to Weinheim during Kerwe so it's very busy but it’s the one time the town rarely sleeps.

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Weinheim - Unicum Bar 4 stars
Just of the Marktplatz, on the corner of Hauptstrasse and Judengasse, is the Unicum. Ignore the restaurant on the Hauptstrasse side and head down Judengasse. There you’ll find an arched doorway that then leads you down some narrow steps into the dimly-lit beer keller. Traditional German beers and traditional German food are on offer, coupled with warm and friendly staff and a very laid back atmosphere. Prices are very reasonable. In the summer the Hof (yard) on the side is opened up and Unicum becomes a very popular place to chill.

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Weinheim - Wachenburg 2 stars
Wachenburg is the second of the two castles you’ll reach after visiting Burg Windeck and travelling up the mountain. It’s only another five minutes journey by car but another 30 minutes hike on foot.

The castle was built in the early part of the 20th century by socialist students so it is intact. The arch way entrance featuring numerous coats of arms from the surrounding areas is quite impressive.

It features a beer garden, a souvenir shop and 180 degree panoramic views over Weinheim. Whilst it is an impressive structure, it just didn’t have the same character or history as Burg Windeck. It didn’t seem as popular with the locals either. Maybe it’s just too ‘modern’.


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Weinheim - Overview 4 stars
Situated on the Bergstrasse in Baden-Württemberg, Weinheim boasts not one but two castles (Windeck and Wachenburg) and is rightly known as the Zwei-Burgen-Stadt (Two-Castle city). Both castles are open to the public and have great panoramic views over the valley below.

Other points of interest are the Altstadt with its maze of old winding streets and courtyards and the narrowest house you'll ever see! Just up the hill and next to the Alstadt is the Marktplatz which is the centre of city life with its numerous cafes and restaurants. On the opposite side of the Marktplatz are the Rathaus and the Schloss. Both buildings are still in everyday use but access to their grounds is permitted and leads through to Schloss Park, the largest park in Weinheim which features its own Exotic forest.

If you're travelling in the Mannheim/Heidelberg area then I would definitely recommend a visit to Weinheim.


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