Weinheim (also known as Weinheim an der Bergstraße in German or Weinheim (Bergstraße)) 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.
- DB trains (IC, RE, RB) travel from Frankfurt (35 min by IC, 40 min by RE, 60 min by RB), Darmstadt (20 min), Heidelberg ((12–20 min)), and Mannheim (20 min).
- Tram 5/5R of the Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr (RNV) does the loop between Heidelberg (40 min), Mannheim (35 min), and Weinheim in both directions.
Weinheim is served by the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (VRN) public transportation tariff union providing integrated fares including day passes that are available for regional trains, trams and buses from Zwingenberg (north of Weinheim) to Heidelberg and Mannheim. Prices vary by the number of zones travelled.
Google Maps shows the locations of the railway station and the tram stops.
The tram stop Luisenstraße (Zur DB) is closest to the DB railway station. Whether you arrive by train or tram, walk along Bahnhofstraße to Hauptstraße (300 metres) where there is the store Weinheim Galerie. Follow the pedestian mall and it will lead you to the Altstadt.
- The old town (Altstadt) is within walking distance of the railway station. This online map may help you get around Weinheim on foot.
- If you are going farther afield, check out the VRN website for information on regional trains, trams and local buses.
- Castle Windeck
- Castle Wachenburg
- Exotenwald (Exotic forest), full of trees imported from around the world, but mostly from North America and Japan.
- 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 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. Swimming pool - adventure pool with a sauna. Not cheap but big. Entrance fee 17.70€ for 4 hours.
- Wine tasting - there is no vineyard 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 RNV 5/5R tram 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!!!
- 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, tourist kitsch...).
- To buy clothes and electronic devices, most Weinheim residents go to "Rhein-Neckar-Zentrum" shopping mall in Viernheim, accessible with the RNV 5/5R tram from Weinheim on the way to Mannheim.
- Woinemer 'Plob' Beer. It's only available in Weinheim's pubs and supermarkets and filled in special swing-top bottles making a characteristic 'plob' sound when you open it.
- 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).
- Woinemer Hausbrauerei, Friedrichstraße 23, ☎ +49 6201-12001. A Micro Brewery - own beer brewed in same building, also serving very good traditional regional food.
- 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 6201-182635
- Stadtschenke, ☎ +49 6201-15257. Italian Restaurant, nice & big Pizza from a stone oven in a very old house, near Marktplatz, Hauptstraße 107
- Pavillon on Bahnhofstrasse is a Chinese restaurant with a buffet, or you can order off the menu.
- Kugelofen, ☎ +49 6201-66644. 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.
- 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!
- La Cantina. 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.
- The Woinemer Hausbrauerei, Friedrichstr. 23, Micro brewery with a beer garden, also serve hearty German meals. Their beer is only available 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. 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. 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")
- DJH (YHA/HI) youth hostel, Breslauer Str. 46 (take tram to stop Stahlbad), ☎ +49 6201 68484, fax: +49 6201 182730, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Beds: 129. Price ca. €19–30 (€2.20 extra on first night).
- Marktplatzhotel, Am Marktplatz 7, ☎ +49 6201 64094, fax: 18 31 02, e-mail: email@example.com. 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, ☎ +49 6201 18070, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Has two hotels in Weinheim. Hauptrasse 126, prices from €60 to €95, and Breslauerstrasse 52, +49 6201 1030 (email@example.com), prices from €55 Both are equipped with WiFi hotspots.
Other places along the Bergstraße (from south to north) are:
- Heidelberg – Heidelberg Castle is world renowned, also the university and the picturesque and historical old town (Altstadt in German), approx. 16 km.
- Schriesheim - Altstadt
- Ladenburg - Altstadt
- Heppenheim - Altstadt with many timber framed buildings, approx. 12 km.
- Bensheim - Altstadt
- Lorsch – the former Lorsch Abbey is a unique example of Carolingian renaissance art with its famous “Königshalle” (king’s hall) built around 800 AD.
Away from the Bergstraße:
- Explore the Odenwald
- Take a bus (1 hour) to Worms