|Heppenheim Mar 09|
We've been wanting to visit Heppenheim since passing by it during a wine fest in the Bergstrasse about two years ago. The route went up the hill above Heppenheim and it looked really cute from up there! We took the train up to get there this weekend - it's about a 30-40 minute journey on the Regional Bahn. There was a map of town outside the train station so we just took a look at it and walked toward the Altstadt.
As you can see in the pictures, the town is filled with lots of half-timber cuteness. It also feels genuine. There weren't many tourists milling around and there are signs that it's very lived-in, like the fact that the Platz in front of the church was being used as a parking lot. Not pretty, but practical. It was full of all the neat little nooks and crannies that make going to an old town so fun. We had lunch at a so-called "tapas" restaurant, where the lunch specials happened to be Schnitzel, Gulasch, and Haxe! I had an enchilada, but it was more like a big burrito with Emmentaler on it. We had a great seat in the window with a view over the Marktplatz and Rathaus and I had a really nice Rose wine (from Heppenheim!). See the pictures for all the little interesting corners we saw.
We skipped town just as it was starting to pour. Come on, spring! :)