Marktplatz (Market Square) in the Old Τown of Heppenheim in South Hesse, Germany
Photo credit: @roselixx
Heppenheim, the romantic district capital and wine and theatre festival town on the Bergstrasse (mountain road), in South Hesse, a state in the west-central part of Germany, is always worth a trip.
Heppenheim has at its disposal a largely preserved, self-contained, picturesque Old Town (Altstadt) core with an area of about 8 hectares (19.77 acres), 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.
The 18th century Town Hall (Rathaus) and old chemist’s shop Liebig-Apotheke overlook the square, which is anchored by a beautiful fountain, the Marienbrunnen, topped with a historic sandstone statue of the Virgin Mary.
The town’s narrow streets and a collection of gorgeous 17th and 18th century houses further reveals its medieval character. Most of the Altstadt is a residential area with several restaurants but almost no shops. The shopping district is located just outside of the old town on Friedrichstraße, a pedestrian mall.