The first traces its of settlement go back 3000 years. Originally a Celtic settlement, Ladenburg became a Roman fort in 74 AD. In 98 AD Roman Emperor Trajan elevated Ladenburg to city status (civitas), making it the oldest German city on the right side of the river Rhine.
Its picturesque old town (Altstadt) dates to the Late Middle Ages, when Ladenburg prospered as the seat of the Prince-Bishopric of Worms.
You can reach 1 Ladenburg station with the RegionalBahn from Mannheim and Heidelberg or from Frankfurt/Darmstadt (usually takes 60 minutes). It is only a eight-minute walk from Ladenburg station to the old town.
Ladenburg is accessible from the Bundesautobahn 5 (A5) via the Symbol: 2 A 35 Ladenburg. From Frankfurt it takes about 45 minutes to Ladenburg, from Stuttgart it takes about 90 minutes.
Ladenburg is on the Neckar Valley Cycle Route from Heidelberg or Mannheim. A detailed route description for both directions with a corresponding GPS track can be found on the Radreise-Wiki (in German).
The road surface of the old town is cobblestone. There is a path along the banks of the Neckar. The town Edingen-Neckarhausen is on the opposite side of the Neckar and can be reached either by ferry (travel times and prices) or via the wide footbridge along the side of the railway bridge. All important sights are close to the centre and can be easily reached on foot.
- 1 Miniature model of Ladenburg. The bronze miniature model of Ladenburg allows blind people to feel the town.
- 2 Sebastianskapelle, Amtshof. Old chapel which was the court chapel of the bishops of Worms. It is being renovated as of 2020.
- 3 Neunhellerhaus. The foundation of this half-timbered house was built in 1300. It is a Kulturdenkmal (cultural monument).
- 4 Evangelische Stadtkirche. Evangelic church of Ladenburg, built in the Neo-Gothic architectural style. It was completed in 1878.
- 5 St. Gallus, Kirchenstraße 30. Roman Catholic church of Ladenburg. The gothic construction began around 1250 and was completed in 1485.
- 6 Lobdengau-Museum, Amtshof 1, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. W 15:00–18:00, Sa 14:00-17:00, Su 11:00-17:00. The former residence of the bishop of Worms was built in the area of a medieval royal court. Just like the town of Ladenburg, this little castle also has a rich history. On four levels, the museum presents the archaeology and history of the city and its former dominions. Some spectacular archaeological finds from the Roman fort and from Lopodunum form a focal point. Special exhibitions present urban historical themes and contemporary art. €3.50 for one person, €7.00 for families.
- 7 Carl-Benz-Garage. This is the oldest garage in the world, built by the inventor of the automobile, Carl Benz.
- 8 Wasserturm (Water tower). The 43-m-tall Wasserturm, built in 1903, is one of the landmarks of Ladenburg. It is undergoing renovation in 2020.
- 9 Landungssteg (Viewing platform). This 22-tonne piece of art was created by sculptor Claus Bury in 2005. It is walkable and offers a nice view over the Neckar.
- 10 Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz, Ilvesheimer Str. 26, ☏ . W Sa Su and public holidays from 14:00–18:00. Focused on the career of the automotive pioneer Carl Benz, his company C. Benz Söhne, and on the history of the automobile manufacturers associated with him. €5 for adults, €3 for children and €10 for families.
- 1 Neckar. The river Neckar is the lifeline of Ladenburg. It is used for recreation, fishing (you need an allowance) and more. Every year in July there is also a Dragon Boat Festival.
- 2 Neckarwiese. The Neckarwiese is a great location for relaxing, having a walk or simply watching nature. In summer there are concerts and festivals such as the fishing festival (Fischerfest) in July.
- 3 Reinhold-Schulz-Waldpark. Small park with pond - part of the award-winning "Green Ring" (park around and through Ladenburg).
- 1 Backmulde, Hauptstraße 61, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. M-W closed; Th-Sa 18:00-22:00; Su and holidays 12:00-14:00, 18:00-22:00. Upscale German restaurant in a half-timbered house with a homely atmosphere. With patio seating. Main courses cost from €19 to €42. A complete menu costs €76.
- 2 Würzburger Hof, Zehntstraße 28, toll-free: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu–F Su 11:30–14:00, 17:00–21:30; Sa 17:00–21:30; M closed. Classic German restaurant. Seating outside in the courtyard.
- 1 Zum Goldenen Löwen, Hauptstraße 25, ☏ . Tu-Th from 16:00, F-Su from 15:00. Mondays closed. Smokers' inn. Small cold kitchen and homemade cake. With patio seating.
- 2 Bistro am Fluss, Bahnhofstraße 2, ☏ . Su 11:00-12:30 and 15:00-23:00; M-Sa 16:30-23:00. Small beer garden at the Neckar, short walk from the train station. Offers fresh salad, Flammkuchen and Pizza.
- 3 Café Antique Ladenburg, Lustgartenstraße 6 (at the entrance of the old town), ☏ . M Tu closed, W-Th 09:00-18:00, F 09:00-22:00, Sa 10:00-22:00 Su 10:00-18:00. Café with antique theme. Offers "Cake ToGo" every Sunday from 13:00-16:00.
- 4 Café Aufschlag (Aufschlag is German for "to serve"), Heidelberger Str. 60 (next to the Tennis club), ☏ . The cafe serves breakfast, homemade cake in an familiar atmosphere.
- 1 Hotel im Lustgarten, Kirchenstraße 6 (in the old town), ☏ . Small hotel & restaurant. €50 for a single room, €70 for a double room (might be outdated).
- 2 Hotel Cronberger Hof, Cronbergergasse 10 (in the old town), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Small hotel. Closed until 17th January 2021. €69 for a single room, €85 for a double room.
- 3 Leonardo Hotel Mannheim-Ladenburg, Benzstraße 21 (away from the old town), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Solid chain hotel. €59 for the cheapest room.
Ladenburg is a very safe town, but you should be vary of strangers trying to sell something or talk to you out of the blue, as this behaviour is frowned upon in Germany and may have a criminal intent. If you have a problem, you can visit the local 1 Police station or call
- Medical emergencies and fires, ☏ 112.
- Police emergency number, ☏ 110.