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Heilbronn on the River Neckar

City of Wine and Economic Centre at the heart of Baden-Wuerttemberg

Emperors and kings have appreciated its taste and even the Tzar of Russia was partial to it – the wine from Heilbronn. Theodor Heuss, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany and Freemann of the city of Heilbronn, wrote his thesis on the viticulture and the wine producers of Heilbronn.

Wine-production in Heilbronn was first mentioned in a document dating from year 1146. This tells us that the „Nordberg“ (north hill), today called the Wartberg, was covered with vines. Throughout the Middle Ages right up until modern times the cities cultural, economic and also its political life have been shaped by viticulture.

To this day the former imperial city is very much aware of its wine-growing tradition, the viticultural exposition in the municipal museums illustrating the historical development of wine-production in Heilbronn, the wine-panorama-walk on the Wartberg hill, with the 300 year old historical tree wine press, its wine fountain, its wine production exhibits „under the arcades“ and the information boards, provide a clear picture of wine production past and present.
Wine is the source of a multitude of experiences in Heilbronn, from the Trollinger-Marathon in May, the Neckar river festival in June and the annual Wine-Village around the historic town hall in September, where there are almost 300 different wines to taste, The wine summit in November- an exhibition of the best of Wuerttemberg wines with 350 gold medal winners.
510 hectares of vineyards worked by approximately 350 full and part-time wine-producers make Heilbronn one of the largest wine-growing communities in Germany. The main types of grapes are the red Trollinger, Schwarzriesling and Lemberger, and the white Riesling, Kerner and Müller-Thurgau. The most famous vineyards are the Stiftsberg, Wartberg, Stahlbühl and Staufenberg. About 80% of all Wuerttemberg wines are produced from grapes grown on the hillside vineyards in Heilbronn-Franconia region which covers approximately 4700 square kilometers and has 850.000 inhabitants.

Thanks to its central geographical location the economic region based on Heilbronn has good connections with the major European traffic network. Heilbronn is a centre of industry, trade and business and an important cultural and administrative centre between Stuttgart and Mannheim. It is a city with a strong economy, a high quality of life and a good mixture of industry including environmental and solar technology, software production, microtechnology, logistics, food technology, machine and automotive manufacture, paper and packaging technology, chemicals and the extraction of rock salt. Heilbronn’s harbour is the largest on the Neckar and one of the seven most important inland ports. Heilbronn’s university of applied science, specialising in technology and business studies is a pillar for research and development in the economic region of Heilbronn.
As a town in a green setting with a varied cultural life, offering a wide range of leisure time activities and shopping facilities of the highest standard (over 700 specialised shops) – Heilbronn is known for its very high quality of living. The river Neckar flows though the centre of town: its picturesque banks, the Neckar river festival, the taxi-boat ferrying passengers in and out of the centre of town, the „theatre boat“ moored in the old Neckar and the river cruise boats make the river a centre of attraction for locals and visitors alike.

Heilbronn ha many positive characteristics: wine, excellent accommodations, salt, „Kathy“, the Neckar river, a green setting ... yet all of these elements combine in one common denominator: Heilbronn – a town offering a high quality of life, good wine and a great variety of cultural activities.


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