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information to your question is the Stadtarchiv Heilbronn at the following website: https://stadtarchiv.heilbronn.de/fileadmin/daten/.../20-blaesi-1944.pdf There will be guided tours to. Kind regards Hans Gärtner Kelterstr. 78 D-74182 Obersulm tel 0049 7130 9377 Mobile 0049 162 265 268 4 www.villa-sonnenberg.de
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  • St. Kilian's Church, Heilbronn
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    St. Kilian's Church, Heilbronn

    St. Kilian's Church (German: Kilianskirche) in Heilbronn (Germany) is a Gothic hall church with origins going back to the 11th century. The church has one of the most remarkable renaissance church towers in germany. The high altar was done by Hans Seyffer. Some of the stained glass is by Charles Crodel.

  • Trappensee
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    Trappensee is a small lake in the eastern city of Heilbronn in northern Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. It is approximately 2 kilometers east of the city center. In the middle of the lake there is the Trappensee castle, a water castle that dates back to the 16th century and was rebuilt in its current shape in the 18th century.

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Heilbronn Overview

Heilbronn is a city in northern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is completely surrounded by Heilbronn County and with approximately 120,000 residents, it is the sixth-largest city in the state.

The city on the Neckar is a former Imperial Free City and current independent city (i.e. not part of any county) and seat of Heilbronn County. Heilbronn is also the "major economic centre" of the Heilbronn-Franken region that includes almost the entire northeast of Baden-Württemberg.

Heilbronn is known for its wine industry and is nicknamed Käthchenstadt after Heinrich von Kleist's play Das Käthchen von Heilbronn.

Heilbronn is located in the northern corner of the Neckar basin at the bottom of the Wartberg (308 m). It is spread out on both banks of the Neckar on a fertile terrace and the highest spot inside city limits is the Schweinsberg with a height of 372 m. Heilbronn is located adjacent to the Schwäbisch-Fränkischer Wald State Park and is famous for the vineyards that surround it.

Heilbronn and its surroundings are located in the northern part of the larger Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide) metropolitan area. The city acts as the economic centre of the Heilbronn-Franken region and is one of 14 cities referred to in the Baden-Württemberg master plan of 2002 as major economic centers. In addition, it serves the cities and towns of Abstatt, Bad Rappenau (Bad Rappenau vacation rentals | Bad Rappenau travel guide), Bad Wimpfen (Bad Wimpfen vacation rentals | Bad Wimpfen travel guide), Beilstein (Beilstein vacation rentals | Beilstein travel guide), Brackenheim (Brackenheim vacation rentals | Brackenheim travel guide), Cleebronn (Cleebronn vacation rentals | Cleebronn travel guide), Eberstatt, Ellhofen (Ellhofen vacation rentals | Ellhofen travel guide), Eppingen (Eppingen vacation rentals | Eppingen travel guide), Flein, Gemmingen, Güglingen (Güglingen vacation rentals | Güglingen travel guide), Ilsfeld, Ittlingen, Kirchardt (Kirchardt vacation rentals | Kirchardt travel guide), Lauffen am Neckar (Lauffen am Neckar vacation rentals | Lauffen am Neckar travel guide), Lehrensteinsfeld, Leingarten, Löwenstein (Löwenstein vacation rentals | Löwenstein travel guide), Massenbachhausen, Neckarwestheim, Nordheim, Obersulm (Obersulm vacation rentals | Obersulm travel guide), Pfaffenhofen (Pfaffenhofen vacation rentals | Pfaffenhofen travel guide), Schwaigern (Schwaigern vacation rentals | Schwaigern travel guide), Siegelsbach, Talheim, Untergruppenbach, Weinsberg (Weinsberg vacation rentals | Weinsberg travel guide), Wüstenrot and Zaberfeld as an intermediate economic centre.

People, Culture and Architecture

Theater and music

  • Stadttheater Heilbronn, built in 1982, mixed repertoire
  • Theaterschiff Heilbronn, mixed repertoire
  • Württembergisches Kammerorchester e.V. Heilbronn — the chamber orchestra, founded in 1960, plays mostly baroque and classical music.
  • In a shut-down part of the Steam power plant Block-E has put on events since 1998.


  • Museum of Natural History
  • Neckarschifffahrtsmuseum (closed indefinitely)
  • City Galery Deutschhof
  • Museum of archeology
  • Kleist-Archiv Sembdner
  • South-German Train Museum Heilbronn


  • Historic manual crane
  • Bollwerksturm
  • Deutschhof
  • Steam power plant
  • Community center "Harmonie"
  • Court and Fleischhaus
  • Götzenturm
  • Hafenmarktturm (pot market tower)
  • Haus Zehender at the market place
  • Käthchenhaus at the market place
  • City Hall with historic astronomic clock
  • Schießhaus
  • Trappenseeschlösschen
  • Weinvilla


  • Kilianskirche (Protestant): The tower from the early Renaissance is the logo of the city. The high altar by Hans Seyffer was completed in 1498.
  • Deutschordensmünster St.-Peter-und-Paul (Catholic)
  • Nikolaikirche (Protestant)

Other Sights

  • Old cemetery (created in 1530, a park since 1882)
  • Outlook tower on the Wartberg
  • Ehrenfriedhof for the victims of the air raid on December 4, 1944
  • Fleinertorbrunnen


In February the citizens of Heilbronn and the surrounding area have an opportunity to enjoy themselves at the Pferdemarkt. In May the Trollinger marathon takes place. July brings the Gaffenberg Festival and the Unterländer Volksfest takes the city from July into August. It is the largest festival of its kind in Heilbronn and takes place on the Theresienwiese. Each year it begins on the last Friday in July and ends on the second Monday in August. In September, patrons enjoy themselves at the Heilbronner Weindorf, in October at the Hafenmarkt and in November and December at the Weihnachtsmarkt by the Kilianskirche. Every other year the Neckarfest and Traubenblütenfest are added to this already full schedule.

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More about the History of Heilbronn

Heilbronn became part of the German Empire in 1871 during the unification of Germany. With the dissolution of monarchy in the German Reich as a result of World War I, Heilbronn became part of the Free People's State of Württemberg in 1918.

Starting in 1942 during World War II, the salt mines in and around Heilbronn were used to store art and artifacts from Germany, France and Italy. Similarly, important producers of the war industry were moved into the mine shafts. The expansion of the shafts was undertaken by labour brigades of the concentration camp branches in Kochendorf and Neckargartach. From Heilbronn all the way to Neckarelz numerous subterraneous complexes, some of them gigantic, were constructed and as of November 20, 1942 the Heilbronn Bureau of Labour had 8,000 forced labourers registered in its district.

Heilbronn is a city in northern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is completely surrounded by Heilbronn County and with approximately 120,000 residents, it is the sixth-largest city in the state. Heilbronn is known for its wine industry and is nicknamed Käthchenstadt after Heinrich von Kleist's play Das Käthchen von Heilbronn.

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