Located on the banks of the Neckar River, Heilbronn is a historic trade hub in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Its old town was rebuilt following a World War II air raid and the city has since established itself as an important economic centre for the surrounding wine-growing region.
Things to do in Heilbronn
In the heart of Heilbronn is St Kilian’s Church, a Gothic masterpiece that dates back to the 13th century. It is topped by an octagonal tower and houses stained glass windows by Charles Crodel. A highlight of the interior is the 15th-century high altar designed by Hans Seyffer, which depicts a Mary with Child flanked by carvings of saints.
A short stroll from St Kilian’s Church is Heilbronn’s Town Hall, which features an astronomical clock on its gable roof. Designed by the 16th-century clockmaker Isaak Habrecht, it has three faces, one of which displays the monthly moon faces and another depicting the 12 signs of the zodiac. Coincide your visit with the clock’s hourly strike to watch as its two angels come to life or see the cock that crows every four hours.
Train enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the South German Railway Museum, which occupies a historic locomotive depot in Böckingen. Its exhibits include several steam locomotives dating from the early 20th century, including a Prussian P8 that has been restored to working order. Admire the 19th-century roundhouse and see a historic saloon coach that once belonged to Crown Prince William of Prussia.
Getting around Heilbronn
Heilbronn is around a one-hour drive from Stuttgart and just under two hours from Frankfurt. Frankfurt Airport is 1.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Heilbronn railway station while buses and light rail services travel throughout the city.