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Heppenheim is the county seat of the South Hessian district Bergstraße and is located on the mountain road on the edge of the Odenwald. For the first time, the place was mentioned with today a good 25,000 inhabitants (2015) in the year 755, city law, she received in 1318.
The city is located on the border to Baden-Württemberg. The city itself is located below the castle hill with the medieval Starkenburg. Characteristic of the cityscape is next to the castle and St. Peter, the "Cathedral of the mountain road" - as the popular name of the great, 1904 consecrated Catholic Church, which is not a bishopric. The largest lake in Heppenheim is the Bruchsee.
"Bergstraße" is both the name of the road running from Darmstadt to Heidelberg on the western edge of the Odenwald or the eastern edge of the Rhine plain (today's federal highway 3) as well as the landscape in its immediate vicinity. It is characterized by an extremely mild and sunny climate with especially early flowering.
The city crest is divided and split below. It shows above the red-silver striped Hessian lion, turning to the right on a blue background, with a golden crown and a silvered silver sword in the right paw. In the lower right field is the red Lorsch Nagelspitzkreuz on a silver background, bottom left the Mainz wheel, sechsspeichig silver on a red background.Heppenheim has a largely preserved, self-contained picturesque old town center with an area of about six hectares, in which, apart from the Starkenburg, are mostly all sights. The old town is dominated by half-timbered buildings, which emerged mainly in the wake of the reconstruction in the first decades after the destruction of Heppenheim in the Palatinate War of Succession in 1693 on the remains of the medieval city. Of the city walls, which were largely laid down in the first half of the 19th century, only fragments are preserved.Further interesting information about Heppenhrim at the following link:de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heppenheim_(Bergstraße)
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