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Getting to Heppenheim is very easy since it is not too far from the Autobahn A-5 between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. If you are coming from a far distance and are driving, take the A-5 to the Heppenheim exit and follow the signs to the town (only a few minutes away). A more leisurely and scenic journey would be to drive along the B-3 through the Bergstrasse towns; this road basically runs parallel to the A-5, so you could take the A-5 for part of the time and then transfer to the B-3 as you get a little closer. Driving through the villages takes longer due to reduced speed limits and having to watch for pedestrians, but it is a pleasant drive with lots to see.
Another alternative is to take the train into Heppenheim. The Heppenheim train station is not far from the center of town and a short walk on relatively flat ground.
Finally, the other way to get to Heppenheim is to hike there, following the Bergweg trail through the hills along the Bergstrasse. You can catch the trail at any of the towns along the way between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. To do the entire section would require several days, so if time is limited, select a nearby town and a gorgeous day and arrive in Heppenheim in time for a relaxing lunch at a café or simply an ice cream break.
No matter how you get there, Heppenheim is worth getting to!
Written Sep 6, 2012
While street parking can be found in Heppenheim, if you are driving to the town to visit the Altstadt, the closest parking lot is on Parkhofstrasse (right off of the B-3/Ludwigstrasse – clearly marked with blue parking signs). The cost is 50 cents per hour, free after 1900 (7:00 pm); pay for your parking upon arrival at the kiosk and put the ticket on the inside of your car in the windshield area.
It is central and convenient to walk from here through the pedestrian zone of shops and cafes and into the old town. This is where we typically park – easy to get in and out of and we have never seen it completely full.
The Heppenheim parking lot on Parkhofstrasse is marked on this GoogleMap.
Written Sep 6, 2012