Oppenheim is a city at the Rhine in the state Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany.

Photo of St Catherine's (taken from Landskrone castle)


Oppenheim is on the Rhine in the middle between Mainz and Worms, Oppenheim was granted market rights in 1008, city rights in 1225 and flourished until overrun by Spanish, Swedish and French troops in 1620, 1631 and 1689 respectively. After that it never regained its previous importance and wealth, but remains a charming small city with Medieval flair, proud of its history and its wine. Particularly the Krötenbrunnen vineyards are sometimes known beyond Germany.

Oppenheim once was home to a small Jewish community, which was scattered by the atrocities before and during WWII. Several families named 'Oppenheim' or 'Oppenheimer' can be found in the USA and other parts of the world.

Get in

By train

Fast trains (ICE, IC, RE) won't stop in Oppenheim. Visitors have to take the slow train (RB, Regionalbahn). 'RB44' runs from Mainz via Oppenheim and Worms to Mannheim (or vice versa) every half an hour during normal hours on work days and once per hour on weekends. If you're coming in from nearby Frankfurt airport then take a train to Mainz first and change there.

From Oppenheim's train station it is only a 5-10 minutes walk to the Old Town. (There is a city map across the street in front of the former station building.)

By car

The B9 state road connects Oppenheim to Mainz and Worms. Just north of the town is the Nierstein car ferry across the Rhine in the direction of Darmstadt. The B420 provides connections from the A61 and A63.

Get around

There is no public transportation (the only buses are school buses), but the city, particularly the Old Town, is so small you can walk everywhere within minutes.

City maps are downloadable from Oppenheim's homepage.

Market place with city hall



Stroll through the Old Town, enjoy the view from the castle, do a guided underground tour and climb the tower of St Catherine's if you get a chance. Use Oppenheim as a 'base camp' for several beautiful bicycle tours along the river Rhine. However, if you're looking for a wild night life instead, you might have come to the wrong place.


Various small shops are located in the town center around the marketplace and along 'Mainzer Straße'. For supermarkets look to the south of the town, between Oppenheim and Dienheim.




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