The Tourist Information Center is conveniently located in the center of the old town near the fountain. It is housed in a beautiful half-timbered building covered with green vines. Inside one can get information about Heppenheim and the local area, hiking trails, tours, and can purchase publications such as the book that describes the stories and legends of all the unique lightposts that decorate Heppenheim. You can also arrange for group tours of the area.
The TI Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 – 17:00 and between April and September also open on Saturdays from 10:00 – 16:00.
Großer Markt 9, 64646 Heppenheim
When traveling in Europe whenever you are visiting a restaurant or a museum, try to use their WC facilities if at all possible. Typically they are maintained and are free. But sometimes you are just walking around the town and find you have a need. If you find yourself in this predicament, it is helpful to know where to “go”.
It is always wise to carry change with you for this purpose since many public restrooms charge for their use and cleaning. Some of the more primitive WCs do not supply paper or washing facilities, so I keep a supply of tissues and hand sanitizer in my camera bag, just in case.
Near the old town in the parking lot on Parkhofstrasse is a public bathroom. It is clean, supplied, and charges 50 cents to use. To date, this is the only one I’ve found near the Altstadt (if I find more, I’ll update this page).
This hike starts at the Guldenklinger Hohe Parking lot on the B460 about 4 miles east of Heppenheim. It is 11 miles long and took me almost 4 hours.
From the parking lot cross the road and get on the "white cross" trail heading north. (the trail sign looks like a white railroad crossing sign). Stay on this trail for about 30 minutes before turning onto the "red line" trail at the "Jagerrest" gazebo. You will stay on this trail until you are almost to Starkenburg, Heppenheim's castle. Get off the trail and take road up to the castle. Spend some time walking around the castle and get some great photos looking down on the town.
When you are ready, take the "blue B" trail down into the town. Another option is to backtrack back down the road and take the wine trail down into the town. Both trails will take you to the altstadt (old city) and the church which you should have some nice photos of from the castle.
From here you will take the "upside down yellow T" trail back up the valley. You can take this all the way back to the "white cross" trail and hang a right back to the parking lot or you can get onto the "K1" trail which is a slightly shortly trail back to the car. Along the way you will see an old amphitheater (not sure how old).
I used Map 5 of the Bergstrasse-Odenwald series but Map 8 would have been better. Too bad I don't own that one.
I added a website of a German site that has a listing of numerous hikes in the Odenwald area. The one that pops up is a longer version of the hike I described.