Bensheim Germany is a town in the Bergstraße district in the southern federal state of Hesse. Thirty minutes from the Frankfurt airport, this little town is an interesting mountain town that lies at the edge of the Odenwald mountains while at the same time having an open view over the Rhine plain.
Things To Do When in Bensheim Germany
Join a Guided Historical Tour on Weekends
Take on a guided historical tour around the old town centre every first and third Saturdays of the month. Tour starts at the Market Fountain (Marktbrunnen) then through Historische Altstadt (Main Street) towards 23 historical landmarks in Bensheim.
Marvel at various Medieval style buildings with its old timber framed houses, now turned shops.
On weekends, you might be lucky to see some traditional performances by locals.
Inquire at Bürgerbüro der Stadt Bensheim
The Bürgerbüro der Stadt Bensheim (Office of the City of Bensheim), also called Alten Faktorei (Old Factory), is a cultural monument and one of the most important buildings in town. You can inquire here about the historical tours or about other tourism needs you may have.
- Alten Faktorei – Bürgerbüro der Stadt Bensheim
- Address: Hauptstraße 39, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
- Phone No. +49 6251 582630
- Tourism Website: https://www.bensheim.de/tourismus/touristinformation.html
Visit the St. Georg Church
St. Georg is a Catholic church that was established since early 1818. The original church building was demolished except for the Kirchtum and rebuilt with a classical architectural style. However, in the year 1945, this was also completely destroyed during an air raid attack. After its reconstruction, this structure continues to remain steadfast serving the whole parish of Bensheim Germany for 150 years already.
- St. Georg Catholic Church
- Address: Marktpl 10, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
- Website: http://sankt-georg-bensheim.de/
Visit Other Religious Structures and Buildings
Notice the Liebfrauenschule Bensheim (Preparatory or Kindergarten School) of Bensheim for its tower like architectural design.
- Liebfrauenschule Bensheim (Preparatory School – Kindergarten)
- Address: Obergasse 38, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
- Phone No. +49 6251 96540
Perhaps pay a visit to the Franciscan Monastery – Franziskaner Kloster
- Franciscan Monastery
- Address: Klostergasse 7, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
- Phone No. +49 6251 2390
Go to the Rinnentorturm or the Red Tower
Take a Photo at the gate tower “Rinnentorturm”. The tower was built in the 14th century and is the remnant of a larger defence system.
- Rinnentorturm, Bernsheim
- Address: Am Rinnentor 24, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
Dine and Wine
Dine in the oldest restaurant hotel in town at Walderdorffer Hof. This low-rise hotel is still just within the old town centre and just a 6-minute walk from Bensheim train station.
Walderdorffer Hof (Restaurant)
- Address: Obergasse 30, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
- Website: knapps.de
- Phone No. +49 6251 4888
This is a very fascinating restaurant that serves scrumptious lunch to dinner options. You can also drop by for a wine or a lovely quiet time over a cup of coffee.
However, if you like to fancy some Italian cuisine, walk further and eat at the Italian Restaurant – Isola Sarda for a lovely food trip.
- Isola Sarda Restaurant
- Address: Darmstädter Str. 5, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
Try the Local Produce
Another lovely thing to do when in Bensheim Germany is to wander and taste local products or produce at their weekend markets just at the centre of town. Grab some pretzels, home made chocolates and pastries to your heart’s delight.
Visit Nearby Towns and Castles
Visiting the nearby cities and castles is feasible by car, bus or train.
If you love hopping castles, tour the ruins of the Auerbach Castle. It stands atop a hill known as Urberg above the town of Bensheim-Auerbach.
- Auerbach Castle
- Address: Außerhalb 2, 64625 Bensheim, Germany
- Phone No. +49 6251 72923
Otherwise, visit Heidelberg Germany as it is just 40 kilometres from Bensheim or half an hour by car and 1 hour by train. I highly recommend that you take the time to visit the Heidelberg Castle for at least half a day to enjoy the Philosopher’s walk. (Details in my next post).
Overall, I do love this lovely city – Bensheim Germany. I was fortunate enough to come here for free on a work related trip, hence, I will remember every bit of this international trip. Especially my Remarkable Snow Experience in Ruhpolding Germnany and our Leisure Visits to the Lake Kognissee and the Underground Salt Mine – Salzbergwerk in Berchtesgaden Germany.
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