Heilbronn lies in the heart of Baden-Wuerttemberg and is strongly characterised by viticulture until today. It became famous everywhere by Heinrich von Kleist's "Cathy of Heilbronn" (Käthchen von Heilbronn). The beautiful location at the Neckar river, the wine and a manifold gastronomy, for example, at the stroll-mile along the Old Neckar, make the city to a saught-after address - not only for guests of the Castle Road.
More than 1200 years of the city's history lie between the first documented mentioning as "villa helibrunna" in 741 and the destruction of the city on the 4th of December, 1944: From 1371 to 1803 Heilbronn was an imperial city, in the 19th century it was the leading industrial city of Wuerttemberg. Today, with 125,000 residents, Heilbronn is economical and cultural central point in the area.
Theatre - including a theatre boat - museums, an art gallery, literature and cabaret as well as music between classical and modern are typical for the cultural variety of Heilbronn. Highlights in the annual calendar of events are the horse market, the Trollinger marathon, the lowland folk festival, the "Weindorf" wine festival, the harbour market ("Hafenmarkt") and the Christsmas market.
With 530 hectares of vineyards Heilbronn is the most important wine metropolis in Wuerttemberg and center of the largest red wine region in Germany. It is an ideal starting point for round trips along the Castle Road, for boat trips on the Neckar river or for bicycle tours along interregional cycle paths.
At present the largest science center of Germany is developed here with the enhancement of the "experimenta". During the construction period, from mid-2017 until the reopening in spring 2019, the fascinating world of experience moves on a boat, that lies firmly on anchor at the Rosenbergbrücke. In 2019 Heilbronn is also venue of the Federal Horticultural Show.