Heilbronn / City on the River
City on the River
The most beautiful way to get to Heilbronn,
however, is a cruise on the Neckar River.
As early as 1146, the "City on the River" was
referred to as a “portus”, i.e. as a trading town
on the banks of a river. The imperial decree
from 1333 which vested Heilbronn with the right
to bring the river closer to the city, laid the
foundation for an unstoppable economic rise.
Today, Heilbronn is home to the largest port
on the Neckar River, which – together with the
newly built container terminal – further bolster
Heilbronn’s position as a port city.
Lined by green banks, the Neckar River is a popular point of attraction for Heilbronners and visitors alike. The promenades on either side of the Old Neckar River provide ample space for strolling, cycle touring or inline skating. Restaurants and beer gardens as well as numerous seats and benches offering a view of the gently flowing Neckar River invite everybody to sit down, relax and enjoy.
The Neckar Promenades form part of the Neckarpark, with experimenta Heilbronn at its core. In a world of education and excitement, crammed full with playful and interactive experiments, learning and fun go hand in hand there. Once the experimenta II extension is inaugurated, it will be the most attractive centre for technology and the natural sciences all over Germany.
From the Neckarpark it is just a short stroll to the city's new “Neckarbogen” district. There, a multifaceted parkland providing a unique urban nature experience is being created along the banks of the Neckar River for the 2019 Federal Horticultural Show, which will be taking place in Heilbronn under the title of “Horticultural Show of the South”.
The river also takes centre stage during many events. Highlights such as the Neckar Festival or concerts held on the Neckar Stage attract guests from all over the world.