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Vintage Car Tour 1: Mannheim – Sinsheim

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From the Kurpfalz through the Neckar valley to the Kraichgau.

An impressive prelude to the first tour is the Baroque Palace in Mannheim, one of the largest palaces in Europe. A few kilometres further on, Schwetzingen Castle and the magnificent castle garden welcome visitors. Then follows Heidelberg with its world-famous castle, which for generations has been the romantic reason for guests from all over the world to visit the city on the Neckar. The Castle Road turns here into the Neckar Valley and now largely follows the meanders of the river, which it leaves only for a visit to Mosbach. The Neckar River is dominated by defiant knight's castles high above the valley. They lie close together on the way to the imperial palace in Bad Wimpfen and live up to the name "Castle Road". Examples are Hornberg Castle, for 45 years the residence of the "Knight with the Iron Hand" Götz von Berlichingen, and Guttenberg Castle. Both have been owned for centuries by the barons of Gemmingen and offer an ideal combination of castle romance, fantastic views and warm hospitality. More and more vineyards line the castle road. In Gundelsheim, which is dominated by the imposing Horneck Palace, the route crosses the Neckar and and leads through the Kraichgau to over Sinsheim, where the first section of the tour ends at Steinsberg Castle with its panoramic views.


Your hosts at the tour

These hotels are suitable for an overnight stay. Ask also about the parking possibilities on the spot.


 Hotel Bayrischer Hof Heidelberg

Hotel Bayrischer Hof Heidelberg

Castle Road Premium Partner Hotel

 ART Hotel Neckar Neckargemünd

ART Hotel Neckar Neckargemünd

Castle Road Premium Partner Hotel


 Hornberg Castle Hotel - lobby

Hotel-Restaurant Burg Hornberg

Castle Road Premium Partner Hotel

 Hotel Sinsheim

Hotel Sinsheim

Hotel at the Castle Road




 Ladenburg: Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz
Ladenburg: Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz.

Excursion tip

From Mannheim it is particularly worthwhile for vintage car enthusiasts to make a detour to Ladenburg. Today, the historic Carl Benz factory is home to the Dr. Carl Benz Automuseum. Here you can experience the history of mobility as if you had been there yourself. The exhibition on the gallery has been extended by a section on the history of two-wheelers.

Further information about the museum


 Castle Tavern Steinsberg Castle
Castle Tavern Steinsberg Castle.

Stopover tip

At the end of the first tour, a detour to Steinsberg Castle near Sinsheim is worthwhile. In the castle tavern, a perfect combination of historical charm and contemporary ambience has been created. In summer, the beer garden in the castle courtyard is the ideal place for a break. The philosophy of the castle kitchen includes fresh, high-quality products and seasonal as well as regional, partly medieval specialities. The hosts have dedicated themselves entirely to the "experience of the Middle Ages" and celebrate this epoch, among other things, with their public knightly feasts.

Further information


A click in the upper left corner of the map window will take you to the selection options. You can see a description of the alternative routes by clicking on the route on the map.

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You were on the Castle Road in your vintage car? We look forward to receiving your feedback on your trip, individual excursion destinations, your hotel stay or our brochure.

Have you discovered a particularly beautiful route or sight on your way that is not yet included in the brochure? Please let us know!

Among all feedback we will raffle a weekend for two persons in one of our Premium Partner Hotels in December 2019 (date by arrangement).

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