The Heidenheim District is located in the east of Baden-Württemberg in the Swabian Alb mountain range. Like so many other districts from this part of Germany, it offers a range of historical highlights. As you will discover, though, these go a lot further back than just the medieval period which this region is so famous for.
Heidenheim District Map
Towns & Villages in the Heidenheim District
- Sontheim an der Brenz
- Steinheim am Albuch
Starting at Heidenheim an der Brenz you will find the enormous 12th century Hellenstein Castle which sits on top of a mountain of the same name, overlooking the town below. In 1901 it was opened to the public as a museum enabling you to look around the inside as well as the exterior.
The Schnaitheim Mill in the main town is also well worth a look with its huge wooden wheel. Plus, the town is host to what is considered the most important fencing tournament each year.
While in the area take a trip to Vogelherdhöhle near the town of Niederstotzingen which dates back to 30,000 years ago! An ancient cave system marks a prehistoric camp where Neanderthals are believed to have lived once. It is from where a variety of carvings made from mammoth tusk have been discovered!