Sights around St. Leon-Rot
Situated in the centre of many sights, St. Leon-Rot is the ideal location for excursions to the surrounding area. In the following we will refer to interesting destinations - without claim to being exhaustive - which you can explore under your own steam. The best time for this are the months of May and June when, besides the sights, the asparagus, the "royal vegetable" attracts many visitors to North Baden. The following list of worthwhile destinations gives you a first overview.
After approx. 15 km you reach the town of Bruchsal with its baroque castle and castle gardens, Damian's gate, court chapel as well as the baroque church of St. Peter's. There is a museum for mechanical music instruments as well as the castle museum within the castle grounds.
"Alt-Heidelberg - Du feine …", "Old Heidelberg - you splendid", these are the words with which the praises are sung of this famous town situated on the hill of the "Königsstuhl" (The King's Throne) and the Neckar approx. 20 km away from St. Leon-Rot. A visit is certainly worthwhile; the Heidelberg Castle as well as the Old Bridge with its gateway and baroque towers take you back into former times. You have a magnificent view on to the town from the Philosophenweg (Philosopher's Way). Visit the churches of Heiliggeist (the Holy Spirit) and St. Peter's, the Palatinate Museum, the Ethnographical Museum, the university library with the Manesse collection of ballads, the Antiquity Museum, the Bonsai Museum, the Textile Museum as well as the German Packaging Museum and the Centre of Art.
Enjoy the flair of this romantic town. Further places of interest are the observatory, the fairy tale park, the television tower up on the Königsstuhl, the thermal baths and the zoo. The Neckar can be explored on a boat ride and the romantic Old Town is ideal for strolling and shopping.
The formula 1 elite regularly meets at the Hockenheimring racetrack to measure their driving skills and their powerful racing cars. The motor sports museum with its numerous exhibits from motorcycle and car racing is at the Hockenheimring. You can take over the steering wheel yourself for tourist driving (please enquire about the times at the Hockenheimring) on the kart track or the frequent safety trainings on the circuit. You should not miss a visit to the motor sports museum as little as a visit to the tobacco museum.
Hockenheim is also well-known for its recreational swimming pool, the "aquadrom", which invites its visitors to stay and relax throughout the year. The tobacco museum is open on Sundays and on request for groups. Hockenheimring
Karlsruhe is preferably known as the "fan-shaped city", which has its origin in the fact that the streets lead away from the castle in the shape of a fan. The municipal gardens with the zoo and the Japanese garden as well as the residential castle with the castle gardens are attractive destinations for an outing. There are more than 10 different museums and the majolica manufacture to visit here. further
The city of Mannheim is situated approx. 25 km away at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Neckar. It has developed from a pure industrial city to an industrial and service centre. There are numerous sights worth seeing here, among others the Water Tower (water fountains), the Electoral Castle, the Art Gallery, the observatory, the Luisenpark (the botanical house, aquariums, terrariums, a zoo, a recreational park), the Herzogenriedpark (a zoo, a pond for model boats, recreation areas), the National Theatre, the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, the State Museum for Technology and Labour, the Museum Ship and the Jesuit Church. You can enjoy a magnificent view while having a good meal or coffee and cake at the rotating restaurant of the television tower. Boat rides on the Rhine are also offered in Mannheim further
Thanks to the Electoral Prince Karl-Theodor the town of Schwetzingen has a beautiful castle with castle gardens, three temples, a bath house and a rococo theatre, in which the annual Festival of Schwetzingen takes place. Hebel's grave, the Karl-Wörn Museum and the Xylon Museum can be visited here. Leisure time is quite an experience at the recreational swimming pool "bellamar", the crazy golf course and the wild deer preserves. further
The world-famous cathedral, recently added to the UNESCO world heritage program, can be seen from afar. Speyer also has a Museum of Technology, a Carnival Museum, a Historical Museum and an IMAX cinema (3D). The Artists' House as well as the churches of St. Magdalena and St. Ludwig are open to the public. Boat rides on the Rhine are very popular. Speyer is also the gateway to the Palatinate where many wine festivals invite visitors to enjoy a glass of wine. further