The history of Ladenburg (Lopodunum) begins in the 5th century B.C. with a celtic settlement. The Romans turned it into the largest camp of equestrian military units, which was built and fortified between 75 and 98 A.D. After the castellum was destroyed a civilian settlement developed into a town twice the size of today's old town.The church of...more
The Chapel of St Sebastian belongs to the Bishop's palace. Its origins date back to the 7th or 8th century. The oldest visible parts are the Romanesque walls of the northern transept and the steeple. The gothic vaulted choir and the plain rectangular nave have seen several changes and redecorations in the run of the centuries. After being catholic,...more
The catholic church, the old parish church of the town, was first mentioned in 787. Around 1000 a second church was built which uses the remnants of the ancient Roman basilica as foundations. The oldest part of the church is the Romanesque crypt underneath the choir. The Roman foundation walls are visible from inside. In the 13th century the choir...more
Traces of Ladenburg's history are present underground and sometimes people find strange things when digging in their garden.Maybe the most remarkable ancient Roman piece that was found in Ladenburg is the Jupiter Column and Four Gods Stone. The sculpture was made in the 2nd century A.D. and ended up in a well not much later when the germanic...more
The Cathedral Chapter of Worms already owned real estate in Ladenburg around 1300. In the following centuries they acquired more ground. Originally the whole town belonged to the Bishop of Worms. Since 1395, however, most of the town was in the hands of the Elector of Palatinate (Pfalz). So the town had two rulers and two governments to deal with....more
The palace of the Bishops of Worms has a medieval core. In times of the renaissance it was enlarged to its present size and shape, except some changes in the mid-18th century when the building was turned into offices for the Palatinate administration and the half-timbered upper floor of the northern wing taken down.The painted architecture of the...more
Brauergasse 2, Ladenburg, Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg, 68526, Germany
Good for: Couples
Benzstrasse 21, (formerly Nestor Hotel), Ladenburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, 68526, Germany
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
Haupt Strasse 25, Ladenburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, 68526, Germany
There are many very good restaurants in Ladenburg, that's what this little town is famous for today, and the Sackpfeife is among the best. It's right at the market square, in an old building from the 16th century, small rooms and low beams. Watch out when you walk.On each table there is snail, the symbol of slow food. This is not the place to go if...more
Another one of Ladenburg's good restaurants, Die Kartoffel - the potatoe. They serve large potatoes, sour cream, salad, but their main dish are steaks which you prepare yourself on a hot stone. The meat and the stone are brought to the table and you can cook it as you like it, rare, medium or done. This is very nice when you are with friends, want...more
I got tired after walking the cobblestone lanes for a while and decided I needed a stop, a seat, and a coffee. Actually I had planned to visit one of the cafes in Marktplatz. On the way I noticed this icecream parlour in a new, postmodern building opposite the church of St Gallus. They had tables and cosy-looking armchairs out and the place was...more
The restaurant is located in an old building (which one might say, most buildings in Europe are old!). It was built in 1683 and the owners left the old world charm intact. In the summer, one can dine in the comfortable vault from the 14th century or in the biergarten in addition to the dining room.The restaurant is known for its steaks (sirloin,...more
This restaurant is one of my favourites here in the area. It's a German restaurant with traditional dishes. This makes it sometimes a bit hard for a vegetarian, but the owners have come to realize that more and more people stop eating meat , so they've added more vegetarian dishes on their menu. In addtion to their regular menu they have a daily...more
NIghtlife? Not if you think of disco dancing etc. But each year there is very popular concert at the river bank, called Klassik am Fluss - Classical music near the river. This year it's scheduled for the 17th of June. Montserrat Caballe will be the special guest in 2006.
Dress Code: It's open air and nights in June can be chilly, so be sure to bring a sweater or a jacket.
Ladenburg can be reached by train, local trains (RB) on the route from Heidelberg and Mannheim to Frankfurt via Darmstadt stop here. The train ride from Heidelberg takes about 15 minutes. The station is unmanned, the former station building has been sold and is not used by the railway any more. In the daytime there is no safety problem but I am not...more
If you come by car, it's a lot easier to park outside the historic part. There are a few spaces available, I guess about ten or so, but they are usually taken. And driving in the old part is difficult, this is a very old town , with very narrow streets and they aren't even one-way-streets. Park outside and walk, everything is close together - the...more
Ladenburg is on the train line between Heidelberg/Mannheim and Frankfurt, so local trains stop there. The station is about 500 meters walk from the old part. Unfortunately the station is built on a kind of dam, which makes it necessary to climb up or down some steep stairs.This is really hard to manage if you bring a stroller or have problems...more
We discovered a new little Shop in old town of Ladenburg last Sunday, beside the Shop called "Kristallfluss" (great atmosphere in a rebuilt barn), there exists a new little Antik Shop with nice assessoires, silver, art-deco furniture etc. The presentation of the shop is successful and the price tags in the showcase are fair, we will come back on a...more
This is one of the small specialty shops which sometimes can be found in the most unlikely places. I wouldn't have thought such a shop has enough business in a small town like Ladenburg, but it seems people come from other places as well to shop there. You can get special soaps there, in various sizes, bath salts, all natural products etc, and...more
There are not too many shops in Ladenburg, just a few around the historic marketsquare and on main street. There is a very good bakery, a bookstore which also sells a few souvenirs of Ladenburg, a good needlecraft shop, a small newsagent's and a few others. There are probably more restaurants in Ladenburg than shops, I've never counted, but could...more
I've come to accept this as a local custom and gave up fighting it: The museum and the church have their opening hours posted outside. But this doesn't necessarily mean they are open then.I don't know if they operate on a special Ladenburg time or if they rely on volunteers who not always make it in time, but it happens that you're standing there and everything is closed.Vey annoying of course, if this is your only visit, but you can always wander around and enjoy the town itself.
The streets of Ladenburg's old town are cobblestone, mostly original old, uneven cobblestone. In other words: high heels are a no-no unless you want to break either your shoes or your ankle or both at all costs. Wear comfortable flat shoes.In case you arrive by bicycle, park and lock your bike somewhere on the edge of the old town and continue on...more
I like taking trains and I've done this very often, right from when I had to take the train to get to school many years ago. Once, as a school kid, I got into the wrong train, too much talking with friends and not paying enough attention. But this was the only time for me, until this week.I had taken a group to Ladenburg and we were waiting on the...more
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The complex of three baroque houses outside the churchyard of the Bishop's Chapel served as orphanage until 1938. It was founded by Georg Friedrich Günther and his wife Anna. The inscription above the door which mentions the founders' names contains a chronogram, enlarged letters that, read as Roman numbers, sum up to the date 1769. The metal ties...more
A dead-end lane off Färbergasse leads to and around this former seat of first a noble family, later the Jesuite order. Its origins lie in the middle ages, changes took place in the 16th century. The property was fortified. The courtyard is closed off by a high stone wall with a gothic gate. The tower shows embrasures at the bottom and top. The main...more
Ladenburg is one of the few towns in Germany where Baseball is being played in a team.If you're used to baseball in the US you'll probably laugh about it. But some years ago we went and watched the European B Championship and had lots of fun. Their team is called "The Romans", of course, what else??
The whole old town as ensemble has been declared protected cultural heritage in 1983. It is hard to point out any "most beautiful" highlights. The whole old town is a highlight. Take your time to stroll through the streets and lanes. Zigzag along - even if you pass the same street corner for the fifth time you will discover a new view or a new detail, a pretty house or roses round a window or a glimpse of a church steeple among the gables or...
Keep your eyes open and have your camera ready.
Bring enough films resp. storage cards. That is, twice as many as you estimate. And don't forget a spare battery (loaded please).
Fondest memory: My camera was sort of nagging me all the time. I took 342 photos in four and a half hours, that is an average of 1.27 photos per minute.
See a choice of the results in my travelogues.