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City of Culture

Heilbronn / City of Culture


City of Culture


 The culture scene in Heilbronn is colourful: classics in the theatre, cabaret on the Theatre Ship, alternating exhibitions in the museum…


Navigate specifically around the municipal museum in the Deutschhof culture centre, which puts on top-class permanent and temporary exhibitions, or the new art hall Vogelmann Art Gallery which hosts exhibitions ranging from the early modern period to contemporary art (you can find current exhibitions in the HeilbronnLive section in our events calendar).

The historic cluster of buildings is completed by the Centre of City History located in the Otto Rettenmaier Building (picture below), the heart of research on Heilbronn city history. This is a place where visitors cannot only browse archived books and
documents but also see the "Historic Heilbronn! People, Sites & Stories" permanent exhibition (picture courtesy of Heilbronn City Archive), which brings more than 1,000 years of Heilbronn city history to life thanks to numerous original exhibits which are complemented by multimedia picture, video and audio stations. They all invite visitors to explore the development of the city in an enjoyable and entertaining manner.

The unique Kleist-Archiv Sembdner located in the K3 Theatre Forum offers academic fundamentals and research work into Heinrich von Kleist and Käthchen of Heilbronn and communicates it to interested readers worldwide. It touches on the archived work of the Kleist researcher Prof. Dr. Helmut Sembdner (1914-1997), which the city of Heilbronn bought in 1990.

The Theaterforum K3 is also home to the Heilbronn City Library, where literature for adults, children and teenagers as well as audiobooks, DVDs, magazines and games are available for borrowing. Public workstations and a wireless network are also at users’ disposal for Web surfing. From the comfort of their home users can log on to an online branch to download e-books, newspapers, audiobooks, movies and music and to "virtually borrow" them for a certain period of time, while the bibnetz research portal allows them to browse various library catalogues as well as specialist and full text data bases. Moreover, the city library invites adults and children to readings and other events several times each month (for upcoming events please see in our event calendar).

The Heilbronn Theatre offers cultural entertainment. Alongside classical pieces, the Heilbronn Theatre repertoire also contains debut performances by modern writers as well as musicals. Smaller theatre pieces such as classic comedies, chamber plays or boulevard take place in the Komödienhaus. The Theatre Ship Heilbronn offers cabaret, music revues and readings etc. At the Kaffeehaus Hagen, a traditionally run coffee roasting house with a small stage for e.g. readings or blues concerts, a delicious cup of coffee may easily be combined with an exceptinal cultural treat.

 Even children are not missed out:
 a free child and youth theatre group
 enthused with imaginative pieces
 e.g. the "Radelrutsch", have a fixed
 placed in the chamber of the Theatre
 Heilbronn. Southern Germany’s first
 large science centre "experimenta"
 explaining technical and scientific
 phenomena to children and grown-ups
 alike in a fun
 way (photo).

The Gaffenberg Festival in July is a special cultural event that presents the finest cabaret on the Heilbronn Gaffenberg.
The concerts of the world famous Heilbronn Württemberg Chamber Orchestra (photo) with the conductor Ruben Gazarian or the Heilbronn Symphonic Orchestra (conductor: Peter Braschkat) are well worth seeing and above all hearing.