The museum offers living history of Seeheim-Jugenheim and the region along with medieval history in the exhibition hall. Visit the website for current exhibitions, such as the medieval world of Tannenberg Castle and the region around Seeheim-Jugenheim. There is a museum library and a store.
The museum is open on Sundays from 1500-1700. Guided tours are by appointment - contact the museum to schedule.
S unday 15.00-17.00pm, tel +49 (0) 6257 8 47 50
Guided tours: by appointment via MUSEUM
If you like hiking, Seeheim-Jugenheim offers a good starting and/or ending place. Arrive by train or car and head into the hills. The Bergweg will take you to all the castles and palaces between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. You can hike this in parts or take 3-4 days and do it all at once. Your path will meander through woods and villages, vineyards and churches, overlooks and palaces.
Seeheim-Jugenheim's hills lead into the Odenwald and the UNESCO Geopark. It is just a couple hours walk from the town to Felsenmeer.
The Bergweg is marked with a "B" on the signposts. Easy to spot and easy to follow.
If you only have time for one short hike, you might consider visiting Tannenberg castle ruins up in the hills behind the Lufthansa training center. The ruins sit high above Seeheim-Jugenheim and provide spectacular views on a clear day.
To get there, from the center of town take Ober-Beerbacherstrasse towards the hills. Just as you start to get away from the town and into woods, turn right onto Lufthansaring (there is a yellow sign pointing to the Lufthansa Training and Conference Center). Head up the road for about a half-mile until you see a small parking lot on your left (you will start to see the training center on your right).
Park and take the trail that parallels the road for a little bit. After you cross over the opening with power lines, start to look to the left for a wide path (there is a sign on a rock pointing to Tannenberg). Head UP the trail – and I mean UP. It is pretty steep and will get your heart pumping, but rest assured it will be worth the view.
Continue up the path, which goes straight most of the way before it starts to wind to the right and around (look to your right and you will start to see the walls of the castle ruins). You’ll cross a bridge that lets you know you are almost there. Follow the path around and you can’t miss it.
There are picnic tables and a gazebo at the site of the ruins. Have a snack or some lunch and enjoy the time! You can explore the ruins, some of which have been rebuilt. There are other trails you can take if you want to continue to explore the area.
For one weekend every other year, Seeheim-Jugenheim closes their streets to cars and opens it up to cyclists, skaters, walkers, and any other non-motorized mode of transport (we even saw a unicycle!). Local shops and restaurants set up food and drink booths along the road. It is a great time to just stroll down the street (literally!) and watch the people, enjoy some music, and have a bite to eat.
The most recent one was in May 2011, so you can expect one in 2013.
We strolled up the main road of the Bergstrasse, with two parallel roads closed for 21 km between Darmstadt and Heppenheim for the majority of the day. It was a clear sunny day (okay, there were a few ominous dark clouds, but nothing came of it) for the hundreds of people that were enjoying their time out. As we passed a local school group selling crepes, we watched a couple on their bikes, pulling their infant in a baby trailer built for a bicycle, while their dog ran alongside off the leash (such well behaved dogs over here!).
A bit farther down the road three twenty-somethings went by on rollerblades – we caught up with them as they took a break at the local beverage stand sponsored by a village restaurant. Music was playing at several locations, giving the day a festive atmosphere. Small children as young as three were on their bikes, learning to navigate among the older ones in a safe, family friendly environment.
These car free zones appear throughout much of Germany’s wine country each summer. Two of the more interesting events will be the day the primary roads on both sides of the Rhine are closed to traffic for 120 km (74 miles) between Koblenz and Rüdesheim and the 180 km (112 miles) stretch up along both banks of the Moselle River.
These are not days to challenge yourself and break speed records, but rather warm days to get out and enjoy family, friends, local foods, and the beautiful countryside.