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"I have clients who will be staying in Frankfurt from 24Sept -27Sept 2016. Their family is originally from Heppenheim and they would like to visit on either Sunday 25Sept or Monday 26Sept. They would like to take a private tour with an English speaking driver from Frankfurt. They would love to be able to attend mass if there is a later mass (12:00pm) on Sunday and would also like to tour the castle on Sunday if it is open. If there is no late mass on Sunday and the Castle is not open on Sunday they would like to do it on Monday 26Sept and if on the 26 Sept they would also like to try and look up old family records in the Heppenheim town hall. Any information you can give us will be much appreciated. If you can include the Mass schedule for the Cathedral in Heppenheim as well as the days and hours the Castle is open that will be a huge help as well. Thank You Again.....Very Much " (posted 04/05/2016)

Hello, we can as sure organize something. We live about 10 minutes in the north of heppenheim. Unfortunately that's not now, I'm fishing in the moment on the great barrier reef in australia when. it is up septemberv but much time, so that in 4 weeks safely everything can be brought in experience. if they can be patient until then, I'll take back to contact. gruss gerd
Answer provided by Gerd Glaser on 04/06/2016
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"Why should someone do a vacation in Heppenheim (Bergstrasse)? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Heppenheim, which everyone visiting Heppenheim should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Heppenheim that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 07/01/2014)

Most information can be found on http://tourismus.meinestadt.de/heppenheim-bergstrasse/sehenswuerdigkeiten well - but only in German. An interesting side bit of informaion is that the currently reigning four-time Formula 1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel, was born in Heppenheim, which is why the city is also happy to be called jokingly Vettelheim. Heppenheim has a very nice old town and generally a nice downtown, what I've seen so far. But as I said, I am not an insider and cannot provide any insider tips. Perhaps worth mentioning is that Auerbach Castle, about which I've recently reported, is only a few kilometers away. The various events here are probably some kind of secret.
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Hepppenheim is a medieval town with a number of notable attractions: Market Square with City Hall, half-timbered houses and Marienbrunnen Starkenburg on the Schlossberg Catholic parish church of St. Peter ("Cathedral of the mountain road") Kurmainzer Amtshof Former power station built in 1899 in neo-Gothic style open-air theater, built in 1955 on th eKappel, on the occasion of the 1200th anniversary Trips to the Worms and Speyer, imperial cities, and Heidelberg are recommended.
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  • Starkenburg Observatory
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    Starkenburg Observatory

    Starkenburg-Sternwarte (Starkenburg Observatory) is an astronomical observatory in Heppenheim, Germany. It was formed in 1970, and currently has about 150 members.

    The observatory was the venue for the 1997 and 2003 meetings of the European Radio Astronomy Congress. The amateur astronomers at the observatory have discovered more than 40 asteroids and participate in the tracking of near earth asteroids. The asteroid 6864 Starkenburg was named in honor of their efforts.

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Heppenheim Overview

Heppenheim (Bergstraße) is the seat of Bergstraße district in Hesse, Germany, lying on the Bergstraße on the edge of the Odenwald.

The town is romantically set on gentle vineyards below the medieval Starkenburg (castle). Defining for the townscape, besides the castle, is St. Peter, the "Cathedral of the Bergstraße" as the big Catholic church is known locally; it was consecrated on 1 August 1904, and is not a bishop's seat. Heppenheim lies centrally on Bundesstraßen 3 and 460, and Autobahn A 5/A 67, almost halfway between Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) and Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide), in southern Hesse on the boundary with Baden-Württemberg, and is Hesse's southernmost district seat.

The town's official designation is "Heppenheim an der Bergstraße". In the local South Hessian dialect, the town is also called Hepprum.

"Bergstraße" is not only the name given the road running from Darmstadt to Heidelberg on the western edge of the Odenwald and eastern edge of the Rhine rift (now Bundesstraße 3), but also one given the landscape along the road. It stands out with its unusually mild and sunny climate in which trees blossom especially early.

In the area around the outlying center of Ober-Laudenbach is a boundary oddity unique in Hesse: just there within the town's municipal area are two enclaves belonging to Baden-Württemberg, within one of which is a further enclave belonging to Hesse.

Things to See in Heppenheim

Heppenheim has (as at 30 April 2008) 408 cultural monuments that are under monumental protection. The following is a selection:

  • Marketplace with Town Hall, timber-frame houses and Marienbrunnen (fountain)
  • Starkenburg (castle) on the Schlossberg (mountain)
  • Catholic Parish Church of St. Peter ("Cathedral of the Bergstraße")
  • Electoral Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide) Amtshof
  • Former power station built in 1899 in Gothic Revival style
  • Open-air stage, built in 1955 on the Kappel, on the occasion of the 1,200-year jubilee

Heppenheim has at its disposal a largely preserved, self-contained, picturesque Old Town core with an area of about 8 ha, within which are found all the sights mentioned in the foregoing list. The Old Town is characterized by timber-frame houses dating back mostly to the reconstruction in the early decades after Heppenheim's destruction in the Nine Years' War in 1693, which was done over the remains of the medieval town. Of the town wall, however, which was largely knocked down in the early 19th century, little remains.

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More about the History of Heppenheim (Bergstrasse)

In 755, Heppenheim had its first documentary mention. At that time, the town was the hub of a Frankish domain. In 773, this area became one of Charlemagne’s donations to the Lorsch (Lorsch vacation rentals | Lorsch travel guide) Abbey, and to protect it, the castle (Starkenburg) was built above it in 1065; in 1066 it successfully resisted a siege by the Adalbert of Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide), Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen. The Imperial Abbey held the rank of principality, and Heppenheim developed over time into the territory’s administrative and economic hub, although it lost its importance with the Abbey’s downfall in the 11th and 12th centuries. In 1229, Emperor Friedrich II put the Starkenburg under the administration of the Archbishops of Electoral Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide), doing likewise with the Lorsch Abbey along with Heppenheim in 1232. But for an interruption from 1461 to 1623 when the fief was pledged to Electoral Palatinate, Heppenheim remained an Electoral Mainz holding right up until the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803. Then it became Hessian, first part of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt, and since 1948 it has been part of the Bundesland of Hesse.

Heppenheim was the 2004 host of Hessentag, an annual event in Hesse, featuring the different regions of the state.

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Located on the edge of the Odenwald, Heppenheim (Bergstraße) is the seat of the Bergstraße district in Hesse. Heppenheim lies almost halfway between Heidelberg and Darmstadt in southern Hesse near the boundary with Baden-Württemberg. The town is romantically set among scenic vineyards below the medieval Starkenburg (castle). Besides the castle, another historic site of note is St. Peter's Church, the "Cathedral of the Bergstraße." Heppenheim has at its disposal a largely preserved, self-contained, picturesque Old Town core. The Old Town is characterized by timber-frame houses, dating back mostly to the early decades after Heppenheim's destruction in 1693 during the Nine Years' War.

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