Bensheim will captivate you from the word go.
There’s something about this town that will immediately have you planning to extend your stay even before you’ve unpacked. It could be the small town hospitality, the wonderful fresh air, the handsome buildings, or the swell local wine, but then again it could be something else.
Only one way to find out… ;-)
Bensheim’s beauteous vistas have earned for it many epithets such as the “German riviera,” and “lively city on the mountains.” If you love the outdoors, that should give you a hint of what to expect. So get ready for an exciting experience that incorporates lovely vistas, perfect climate, and fresh mountain air to boot. Escape the big city and get going on a hiking, biking, or even walking tour that takes you through breathtaking countryside.
Perhaps the best way to acquaint yourself with Bensheim would be a walking tour of the old town. The old market place is an enchanting encounter with medieval history. Hit the pedestrian zone on the Bahnhofstraße and you’ll be surrounded by handsome half-timbered homes that refuse to divulge their age. Wonderfully restored and maintained they take you right back to the medieval age.
The oldest homes line the Walderdorff Court (Walderdorffer Hof), dating all the way back to 1395! When you feel the need for a break visit the wine tavern or the cafes; the choice is entirely yours.
Bensheim has a wealth of medieval architectural delights for your viewing pleasure. Get a load of the St. George Parish Church with its twin towers, the St. Josheph’s Hospital Church, the 13th century Roter Turm (Red Tower), and the Flecksches Haus. But the best of them all would have to be the Auerbach Castle that you simply can’t miss.
The Town Hall is another charming edifice with a load of history attached. It replaced the old town hall that had been bombed into oblivion in World War Two.
While in Bensheim along with the lovely local wine you also get to partake of a rich cultural scene that may make your head swim. Concerts, theatre, ballet, and opera are the norm if you decide to take this route.