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Romantic cities and villages on the Neckar.

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Bad Rappenau Bad Wimpfen Besigheim Eberbach Esslingen Gundelsheim Hassmersheim Heidelberg Heilbronn Hessigheim Horb Mannheim Marbach am Neckar Mosbach Nürtingen Rottenburg am Neckar Rottweil Tübingen Stuttgart Sulz Villingen-Schwenningen

Cities & villages on the Neckar Valley.

More than 60 impressively beautiful cities and villages are situated in the Neckar valley. There are many interesting places to visit while here! Legendary Heidelberg, Tübingen and Stuttgart are undoutly some of the nicest spots in Germany. Each city has its own charm and character.

Every city and village has a unique atmosphere of its own. Ornately decorated half-timbered houses, impressive churches, castles, palaces and historic monuments. A lively, historic mixture and you'll find everything within a small area.

Here you'lll find an insight to the Neckar region, the villages and towns in alphabetic order. Please follow the links and take your time while exploring this highlights in Baden-Württemberg. There is plenty to do and to see, you'lll quickly feel at home here.

Romantic cities & villages

Bad Rappenau Bar Rappenau is located in the picturesque Neckar Valley. It's the city of water and health. Since 1834 Bad Rappenau is well-known for the healthy thermal water. In the 1950s it has been the seventh biggest spa town in Baden. Today you'll can experience unforgettable hours in RappSoDie, the brine and sauna paradise.

Bad Wimpfen Bad Wimpfen is a health resort on the river Neckar. The idyllic and romantic spa village is located between Heilbronn and Bad Rappenau. Bad Wimpfen is especially well-known for the warm, salty and revitalising water. Main sights are the Blue Tower, the "Steinhaus" (Stone House) and the medieval old town.

Besigheim The city of Besigheim lies at the confluence of the Neckar and Enz. The historic medieval old town is surrounded by vineyards and is an idyllic destination for young and old. Besigheim has to offer many sports and leisure facilities. A heated mineral pool park, sports fields, tennis courts, mini golf course and plenty of hiking trails. Also popular are hikes through the vineyards and the famous rock gardens in neighboring Hessigheim.

Eberbach Eberbach lies on the romantic Castle Road along the river Neckar. The former Imperial Free City was foundes in the 13th century. Today Eberbach is one of the main tourist attractions in the Neckar valley. Main sights are the historic old town and the nearby Katzenbuckel. With 626 m it is the highest elevation in the Naturpark Neckartal-Odenwald.

Esslingen Besides vineyards and forests, the former free imperial city of Esslingen is fascinating with a beautiful medieval Old Town and many attractions. Esslingen was the first and greatest industrial city in the former Kingdom of Württemberg. Very remarkable is the oldest half-timbered house line in Germany.

Gundelsheim Gundelsheim is a town in the district of Heilbronn and is situated on the right bank of the Neckar. The town is well known for Castle Horneck, a former residence of the Teutonic order. Also noteworthy are the old town of Gundelsheim and the unique vineyards.

Hassmersheim The municipality Haßmersheim lies in the Neckar valley on the edge of the district Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis. One of the main sights is Guttenberg Castle. The castle lies high above the romantic Neckar valley, surrounded by vineyards and vast forests.

Heidelberg Heidelberg - the city of romanticism? Yes, indeed! Home to the Heidelberg Castle, the Old Neckar Bridge, the Philosophers' Way, the narrow, winding alleys of the Old Town, the numerous market squares, the old university with its historical library and detention room, the magnificent churches. Is Heidelberg romantic? Most certainly! But it is much, much more. Heidelberg is one of Europe's most important cities for science and research, an international city offering a high quality of life.

Heilbronn 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.

Hessigheim The village of Hessigheim is well-known for its highly praised wines. Hessigheim is beautiful located in the romantic Neckar valley. The village has a long wine-making tradition dating back centuries. The region is perfect to hike and bike along the river or through the vineyards. Wine-tasting is a popular activity here.

Horb Horb is wellknown for the annual Renaissance fair "Maximilian-Ritterspiele". The Maximillian Knights’ Tournament takes place in the middle of June. Horb is located on the Neckar river and has around 25,000 inhabitants.

Mannheim Experience the vibrancy of one of Germany‘s most diverse metropolises. In the midst of urban reshaping, you will be surprised by this city located between the Rhine and Neckar. Tradition or modern subculture, there is something for everyone. Mannheim’s diverse population and cosmopolitan character offers all the advantages of a metropolis, but in a compact and accessible format. The Grid-City is vivacious and blends internationality with the quotidian, all within its unique chessboard-like layout.

Marbach am Neckar Marbach am Neckar is worldwide known as the birthplace of the classical poet and dramatist Friedrich Schiller. Marbach is located on the river Neckar and has lots of sights for you to visit. Main sights are the old town and the Schiller National Museum. Numerous of leisure activities are waiting to be discovered in and around Marbach. The pure nature between vines, river and forests is perfecct for hiking and biking.

Mosbach The town of just under 25,000 inhabitants is located in a scenic location on the southern foothills of the Odenwald in the romantic Neckar valley between the conurbations of Heidelberg/Mannheim and Heilbronn/Stuttgart. Mosbach developed around the Benedictine monastery "Monasterium Mosbach" and is first mentioned in an official document in 826.

Nürtingen Nürtingen is located on the river Neckar and first mentioned in the year 1046. Nürtingen has great natural surroundings and offers many outdoor activities. The idyllic inner city of Nürtingen with many old buildings invites the guest to take a stroll. Today the town has about 40.000 inhabitants and the Protestant church of St. Lawrence is the landmark of the city.

Rottenburg am Neckar Rottenburg am Neckar rests about 12 km southwest of the district town Tübingen. The city was originally founded as a Roman town. Today about 40.000 inhabitants are living here. Rottenburg am Neckar is the seat of the Roman Catholic bishop for the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart. Main sights are the romantic old town and the Dom St. Martin. In Rottenburg you can explore more than 2000 years of exciting history.

Rottweil Rottweil is located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps and is the oldest town in Baden-Württemberg. Rottweil is famous for its traditional carnival and the old city.

Tübingen Tübingen is one of the most famous universitys town in Germany. Tübingen's old town is famous for the half-timberes houses and cobbled streets. Main sight is the City Hall. It's the oldest building in the Marketplace and dates back to 1435. Above the city you'll find the Hohentübingen Castle. It's a mighty renaissance construction with four wings and a round tower. From here you'll have a magnificent view of the Neckar.

Stuttgart Stuttgart is one of Germany's most fascinating cities and the capital of Baden-Württemberg. Main sights are the grand palaces, vineyards in the pretty Neckar Valley, world-class museums, galleries and parks. Stuttgart is also well-known for festivals such as the Wine Village, the Cannstatter Volksfest and the beautiful christmas market. Excellent shopping you'll find in the leafy downtown area which is devoted to pedestrians.

Sulz Sulz is a city on the upper Neckar Valley and is located between the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb. Sulz offers a great choice of cultural events and leisure activities. One of the most popular activities is boating and canoeing on the River Neckar. The varied beautiful landscape around Sulz offers a multiplicity of cycle paths. One highlight is the Neckar Valley Cycle Path that leads from Schwenningen to Mannheim.

Villingen-Schwenningen Villingen-Schwenningen is a city in southern Baden-Württemberg. Villingen-Schwenningen lies on the eastern edge of the Black Forest and here you will find the source of the River Neckar. The city offers exciting culture, popular festivals and different sports that gets everyone involved. For an examplae cycling. Villingen-Schwenningen is situated at a crossroads of the Neckar valley cycle path, the Danube cycle path and the Heidelberg-Black Forest-Lake Constance cycle path.