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Dielheim Overview

Dielheim is a municipality in the Rhein-Neckar district of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Dielheim is located 30 min. south of Mannheim and 20 min. south of Heidelberg, on the western edge of the Kraichgau and the upper Rhine valley. The Leimbach (Leimbach vacation rentals | Leimbach travel guide) flows east to west through the center of Dielheim and its boroughs Horrenberg and Balzfeld. This beautiful area is perfect for some private quiet time on your vacation. Our  vacation apartment in Kraichgau is only a few minutes outside of Dielheim and offers an incredible view across the Kraichgauer hill side. This quite place is a great starting point for a variety of destinations close by.

Visitors will find nearby shopping and coffee bars in the villages of Horrenberg (5 min.), Dielheim and Meckesheim (10 min.), as well as Rauenberg (15 min.). Take the train in Meckesheim and travel anywhere between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. A bicycle track in front of the vacation apartment takes you to the city of Wiesloch (Wiesloch vacation rentals | Wiesloch travel guide) along the Leimbach River. From there, the possibilities to travel with your bike are endless. This recreational area provides opportunities to play golf at nearby clubs (Hohenhardter Hof 10 min., Lobbach Club Lobenfeld 15 min., Club St. Leon-Rot 20 min.) or to enjoy the region on a horseback of one of the many stables in the area.

Major cities and activities nearby

Sinsheim (5 mi): Technical Museum with IMAX and 3D movie theater with the world’s largest movie screen, www.technik-museum.de/english

Dielsberg (10 mi): Dilsberg Castle dates back to the 12th century and offers a variety of events and Renaissance festivals. www.dilsberg.de / www.burg-dilsberg.de/

Heidelberg (12 mi): “I lost my heart in Heidelberg”. Visit the famous city with its many sites such as Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) Castle, Holy Ghost Church, Heidelberg Mountain Railway, The Palatinate Museum, University Botanical Garden, and Philosophers' Walk. Attend the wonderful summer festival on Heidelberg Castle starting on 9/19/2010 and visit the world’s largest Wine Barrel. Take a boat trip on the Neckar River to make your trip to Heidelberg a special experience. Make a boat trip on the Neckar River and visit the beautiful Castle Road with its many sites along the way. Find more information about boat trips here www.rnf-schifffahrt.de

Hockenheim (13 mi): Visit the Formular One racing track with a museum about the history of the facility and the sport. http://www.hockenheimring.net/en

Schwetzingen (18 mi): Visit the wonderful and impressive Schwetzingen (Schwetzingen vacation rentals | Schwetzingen travel guide) Castle with a Rococo theater, Castle garden, and many opportunities to relax and enjoy good food. Get tickets for the Schwetzingen theater festival for next year (4/29-6/14/2011). www.swr.de/swr2/schwetzinger-festspiele

Speyer (20 mi): Visit the famous Speyer (Speyer vacation rentals | Speyer travel guide) Dome ( erected in 1030 and is registered as UNESCO's cultural heritage) and many other beautiful sites.

Bruchsal (21 mi): Visit the baroque Château of Bruchsal (Bruchsal vacation rentals | Bruchsal travel guide), the official residence of the bishops of Speyer, with the Château Gardens, the largest park in the city. The State Museum of Baden operates a branch in parts of the Château at Bruchsal. It features an art-historic collection and the German Music Box Museum. Additionally, the boroughs of Heidelsheim and Untergrombach each maintain a museum of local history and a Kindergartenmuseum displays items showing the history and development of preschools and includes games, dolls, and preschool furnishings. Inside Damian's Gate at the Southern exit of the château grounds, the local art society (Kunstverein Bruchsal e. V.) exhibits contemporary art. http://www.bruchsal-erleben.de/site/index.php?id=129〈=1

Ladenburg (23 mi): Visit this town with it’s beautiful Fachwerkhäuser (Timber framing), the Lobdengau Museum (archeology, history and city folk) and the Dr. Carl Benz Auto Museum in Ladenburg (Ladenburg vacation rentals | Ladenburg travel guide) (collection of Old timer cars) http://www.automuseum-ladenburg.de/

Mannheim (24 mi): Mannheim (Mannheim vacation rentals | Mannheim travel guide) is unusual among German cities in that its central area is laid out in a grid pattern (called Quadrate, squares), much like many North American cities. Visit the Water Tower, Mannheim Palace, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums, Luisenpark, and the State Museum for Technology and Work and many more sites.

Karlsruhe (32 mi): The city was planned with the tower of the palace (Schloss) at the center. Visit the city’s many sites such as Durlacher Turmberg, the Stadtgarten, the Kleine Kirche (Little Church), Rondellplatz, St. Stephan parish church, neo-gothic Grand Ducal burial chapel, Museum of Natural History, an opera house and many more.

Southern Wine Route (50 mi): Hike, bike or take a boat trip along this gorgeous region and enjoy the many regional delicacies with the greatest wines. http://www.suedlicheweinstrasse.de/en/

Baden-Baden (55 mi): Visit Hohenbaden Castle, the Casino Baden-Baden, Festival Theatre, Roman Bath Ruins, Baden-Baden Historic Museum, Art Museum Frieder Burda, the Merkur Mountain and the Merkur Funicular Railway and many other sites.

Stuttgart  (60 mi)
Frankfurt (60 mi)

For an extended vacation, visit the Alsace region in France and the cities Wissenbourg (40 mi), Straßburg (85 mi), Colmar  (115 mi)

Culinary specialties of the region

Christmas markets in the area

  • Altdeutscher Weihnachtsmarkt in Bad Wimpfen (Bad Wimpfen vacation rentals | Bad Wimpfen travel guide), one of Germany’s most traditional christmas markets. (11/26 - 11/28 + 12/3 – 12/5 + 12/10 – 12/12/2010 )
  • Heidelberg Xmas markets: Heidelberg Castle (12/4 + 12/5/2010 ), Universitätsplatz and City Hall (11/04 – 12/24/2010)
  • Speyer: 11/22 – 12/31/2010
  • Ludwigsburg Baroque Xmas market: 11/23 – 12/22/2010
  • Ettlingen Sternles Weihnachtsmarkt: 11/25 – 12/28/2010
  • Schwäbisch Hall: 11/26-12/24/2010

Swimming pools

More about the History of Dielheim

From the middle of the 18th century the population of the region boomed. The overpopulation of the region lead to property being split into ever smaller pieces due to inheritance. The fields were divided into ever smaller plots that could no longer supported or fed the people on the land. Hundreds attempted to find their fortune by emigrating to Hungary, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Algeria, South America, Switzerland, and above all, the United States of America. In the end, emigration was not enough to ensure that everyone remaining in Dielheim had work and enough to eat.

The tobacco industry took advantage of this situation in 1850. The oversupply of labor and the low cost of that labor in the rural parts of Baden helped the cigar industry to bloom. After the people of Dielham had made their living for about 100 years in the numerous cigar factories of the village, the tobacco industry went into rapid decline. From what was 800 jobs suddenly only 10 remained.

Workers had to reorient themselves and take on new unfamiliar jobs. This changed Dielheim in the 50s and 60s of the 20th century to a commuter town. Only the creation of Dielheim's industrial and commercial district lead to the creation of its own companies, so that workers could once again find jobs in town. Today's Dielheim is known as a wine-growing region with 77 hectares of surrounding grape fields. Dielheimer Teufelskopf is known by wine lovers throughout Germany. In 1972 Horrenberg joined the municipality of Dielheim.

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Dielheim is a municipality in the Rhein-Neckar district of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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