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    Auerbach Castle

    Auerbach Castle is one of several dramatic castles along the Bergstrasse in southern Hesse. It was built by Count Diether IV of the Katzenelnbogen dynasty in the second quarter of the 13th century and sits on a hill known as Urberg, below Melibokus mountain and above the town of Bensheim-Auerbach. From its tower the visitor enjoys sights over the Ried and the Rheinische Tiefebene, with a view even to the Pfalz on clear days. Dinner theater and Knight's Tournaments with medieval games are presented nowadays. Sightseeing at the castle is free. The south tower is accessible to the public again after extensive restoration.



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Bensheim Overview

Bensheim is a town in the Bergstraße district in southern Hesse, Germany. Bensheim lies on the Bergstraße and at the edge of the Odenwald mountains while at the same time having an open view over the Rhine plain. It is with almost 40,000 inhabitants the district’s biggest town.

The town lies at the eastern edge of the Rhine rift on the slopes of the western Odenwald on the Bergstraße. The nearest major cities are Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) (some 22 km to the north), Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) (some 35 km to the south), Worms (Worms vacation rentals | Worms travel guide) (some 18 km to the west) and Mannheim (Mannheim vacation rentals | Mannheim travel guide) (some 32 km to the southwest). The district seat of Heppenheim lies roughly 5 km to the south. Through Bensheim flows the Lauter, coming from the Lauter valley from the east, which as of Bensheim is known as the Winkelbach (Winkelbach vacation rentals | Winkelbach travel guide). In the south of town runs the Meerbach, also coming from the Odenwald (but from the Zell (Zell vacation rentals | Zell travel guide) valley). Mostly channelled underground and only coming above ground at the western edge of town is the Neuer Graben, or New Channel, which branches off the Lauter.

Things to See in Bensheim

The Parktheater was built in 1968 and is a linchpin in offering various cultural activities. Besides the municipal programme of plays, freelance producers, clubs and schools bring a multifaceted programme in the fields of spoken theatre, musical theater and dance theatre. From October 1998 to December 1999, the Parktheater was optically, technologically and artistically made over from the ground up and now shines in new splendour. Furthermore, Bensheim also has the PiPaPo Theater (cabaret), the Vornerum Theater, the Varieté Pegasus and the Autorenkollektiv Laufkundschaft.

Besides the Museum der Stadt Bensheim (municipal museum), there is also the old synagogue in Auerbach (Auerbach vacation rentals | Auerbach travel guide) which nowadays houses a museum.

Nationally known is the HSG Bensheim/Auerbach women’s handball team, which plays in the 2. Handball-Bundesliga (Frauen).

Roter Turm, watchtower from the old town wall, from the 13th century

Walderdorffer Hof, southern Hesse’s oldest timber-frame house, built in 1395

Wambolter Hof, former noble estate from about 1732/33

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More about the History of Bensheim

Bensheim has grown out of a village that had its first documentary mention in the 8th century. In the 14th century, Bensheim was granted town rights. On 26 March 1945, much of the Old Town was destroyed by incendiary bombs. After the Second World War ended in 1945, a displaced persons camp was established in Bensheim-Auerbach, first for Polish former forced labourers, later for Jewish displaced persons. The camp was dissolved in 1949. In 1971, the population rose to some 34,000 with the amalgamation of Langwaden, Schwanheim, Fehlheim, Hochstädten, Gronau (Gronau vacation rentals | Gronau travel guide) and Wilmshausen. From 1859 to 1987 on the Nibelungenstraße towards Schönberg stood the Guntrum Bräu Bensheim brewery. In 1979, the brewery was taken over by Binding Bier Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide), and then closed and torn down in 1987. Today, the former premises are home to a number of houses.

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Bensheim is a town in the Bergstraße district in southern Hesse, Germany. Bensheim lies on the Bergstraße and at the edge of the Odenwald mountains while at the same time having an open view over the Rhine plain. It is with almost 40,000 inhabitants the district’s biggest town.

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