Most people who have heard of Hockenheim know it as being the hometown of the Hockenheimring, the Formula One Racetrack that was built in the 1930s.
This racetrack can accommodate 120,000 spectators, so finding a ticket on race day shouldn’t be a problem. The track has 13 different turns, and is very flat, making for a really interesting race.
If you are traveling to the area when there isn’t a race, you can still relive some of the fast paced action with a trip to the Motor Sport Museum. Located near the racetrack, you can find a comprehensive collection of artifacts about racing and motorcycles.
Just because you have seen a race and the museum doesn’t mean that you can leave Hockenheim without seeing the rest. The Tobacco Museum is the first of its kind in Baden-Württemberg and should be on your itinerary after you’ve got some sport.
Then there is one building that is most associated with Hockenheim. To find it, look for the Water Tower (Wasserturm). This tower is relatively new (built in 1910), and is built in a modern style. The Water Tower is on all of the tourist post cards and t-shirts that you can buy to remember your trip.
No trip to any German town or city is complete without a look around some of the older buildings. If you see an old building that looks typically German, you are probably looking at the Güldene Engel. This half-timbered building dates back to 1690 and you can visit this house for a hearty meal.
Seeing nature doesn’t always have to mean hiking or wandering a mountain path. Going to the biggest park in town, the Gartenschaupark, you will be able to relax and enjoy the gardens filled with flowers and plants. This park was made for the yearly national garden show in 1991.
For a town of only about 21,000 people, you probably wouldn’t expect it to be very musical. If you like traditional German music, you are in luck. There are at least four different choirs and four different musical groups that give regular concerts.