'A lot of people think that the key to good life is through happiness. But I beg to differ. The key to a good life is through hard work put in through noble intentions. It doesn't matter whether you succeed or not at all.'
Kilian von Steiner, one of the wealthiest and most notable of Heilbronn residents in the 19th and 20th century, was a money lender by professions. Success came to him at much latter stages of his life, and that's why, his take on success, money, happiness and hard work is surely one that we all can learn from.
Heilbronn is full of such amazing stories and people. It has a long and rich history of hosting people who have nowhere else to go, and letting people stay when they have the worst phases in their lives looking down on them. Located on the banks of Neckar, Heilbronn, in that particular sense, is a town where there's something for everyone, anyone.
To call Heilbronn a town, in this day and age when the number of people living here easily exceeds 150,000 would be rather inappropriate. But after visiting Heilbronn, one just cannot help but feel that Heilbronn has been reluctant in shedding that image of a small town with happy people, even as skyscrapers and industrial complexes dot its suburbs.
What Heilbronn is best known for, in Germany and the rest of the world, is its educational institutes and its wine industry. The University of Heilbronn is considered to among the best in Germany for various liberal courses, while with over 20 wine manufacturing plants (wineries, if you will), Heilbronn wine can be seen all over Europe, from dingy cafes and bars to fancy restaurants and party halls.
There's much to see here, as well. Pretty little houses, cobblestoned street, classical European buildings and amazing scenery to boot, a trip to Heilbronn will never disappoint tourists who dig art, culture, leisure and nature. So, browse through our quick guide to hotels in Heilbronn and decide for yourself!
Budget Lodging in Heilbronn
Heilbronn is not really an expensive city, if one is to compare it with other German cities like Frankfurt or Berlin. So, one thing that tourists need to be sure of while visiting here is that finding good, cheap hotels is not going to be a huge problem.
That being said, it should also be remembered that cheap hotels here are not necessarily shabby or dilapidated. More often than not, tourists are known to get surprised, albeit pleasantly, with the quality of lodging they received despite low fares.
B&B Hotel Heilbronn is one such hotel that can pleasantly surprise you. It's clean, hygienic and affordable, plus it's located in the heart of the city, closer to transport options and local food and drink joints.
Central Hotel in Heilbronn is our next pick in this category. It may not be as famous as the previous entrant on this list, but it certainly can help you zero in on a budget hotel that fits all your requirements, without making you regret about staying here.
Luxury Hotels in Heilbronn
As we mentioned it earlier, Heilbronn is a city known for its educational institutes, various sites of important architectural and historic developments and wine industries.
When all of these are put together, one can guess the kind of composition that Heilbronn's tourist stream must be made up of. Major part of visitors to Heilbronn are either students or business travelers. Leisure travelers make up the rest of the pie. To cater to the needs of this varied lot of visitors, a number of luxury Heilbronn hotels come to the fore.
Mercure Hotel Heilbronn is the best of that lot yet. There's really no need to talk much about the brand of hospitality that Mercure struts, and hence, we would just advise tourists to go for this one, if they find it good enough.
Similar but not quite opulent is Insel Hotel Heilbronn. It's a lavish property, no doubt, but just not as extravagant as Mercure.
Sightseeing in Heilbronn
The most popular thing to do in Heilbronn is to visit the ancient astronomical clock of the city. Loaded with interesting designs and quirky sound effects, it's guaranteed to get you cheered up for the rest of your trip. The historic Heilbronn Market that surrounds the area is worth exploring as well, especially if you are into antique shopping.
Kilianskirche is a popular church building in the city, known for its beautiful architecture and a sense of peace that surrounds its premises.
Pfuhlpark presents a rather unusual treat for travelers. Located just outside the city, it is a lush green park by Neckar River. It has got great walking and jogging tracks, and it's a perfect place to start or end your day in Heilbronn.
Sightseeing Tips for Tourists Visiting Heilbronn
Heilbronn is a fairly safe and sound city to visit as far as travelers are concerned.
The only thing they need to keep in mind is that most Heilbronn hotels require valid identity proofs before they can check you in, even if you are a German residents. So, keeping a copy of yours ready would come in handy while checking into a hotel.
Another thing to make sure that you don't overlook the great collection of vineyards that surrounds the city.
Best Time to Visit Heilbronn
Being a typical city in Germany, Heilbronn is best visited in the heights of summer when the weather is agreeable and sightseeing is much more fun than what it is during winters.
So, in essence, the best time to visit Heilbronn is during the months of March to May, while the least favorable time being around December. Tourists who are interested in cultural and art events can choose to visit around October, when a number of events light up the cultural life of Heilbronn.
It must be noted, however, that during summer months, hotels in Heilbronn are going to cost you a touch more than what you might have anticipated!