Ladenburg, Germany

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A few weeks ago I posted about our recent trip to Ladenburg here. Today I thought I would share with you a little of what this beautiful little German town has to offer.

Located roughly equidistant between Mannheim and Heidelberg in the state of Baden Würtemberg (see map here), along side the Neckar river, Ladeburg was first settled by the Celts and later the Romans who transformed it into a Roman City in 98 AD. Today Ladenburg prides itself on being the oldest German town, to the right of the Rhein. Today it is a well preserved medieval town with lots of little shops, art galleries, museums, hotels and restaurants.

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Absolutely adored this Swiss breed of sheep (The Valais Blacknose sheep), which were on display for Christmas.

We also discovered this lovely little stitchery store, which was of course closed along with all the other shops, as it was Sunday.

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And around another corner we discovered this lovely little store where you could paint ceramics. With my love of collecting tea mugs I would have loved to have had the time to come back and decorate my own mug.

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wpid-wp-1418037770308.jpegWith its rich history and culture, it was a shame just to spend only an hour here.   I am sure there was enough to do for at least an entire weekend.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed following part of the posted walking tour through the streets of Ladenburg, taking in a few of the historic sites.

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I definitely plan to return and visit some of those little shops and take in a bit of history  on one of their guided walking tours. There are also boat tours offered on the Neckar, which would be a good way of spending  a nice summer’s day.

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There are of course a number of interesting museums to visit. Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile, lived from 1904 until his death in 1929 in Ladenburg so there is a museum in his name the “Automuseum Carl Benz” museum, which is located in the original factory and includes around 300 automobiles as well as Carl Benz’s office. You can click here to see the museum’s website. In addition the “Carl Benz Haus” is also open for viewing.

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In the beautiful Lobdengau-Museum, visitors can experience the history of Ladenburg, you can go to their website here.

 

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And finally, there is the Ladenburger Auktionshaus und Spielzeugmuseum (The auction house and toy exhibit) which actually has part of their website in English here.

Well I hope you enjoyed this short little tour of Ladenburg! Wishing you all a great weekend!

Jodie