Idol tower © Nagel/DAAD
Idol tower© Nagel/DAAD Open fig caption

Heilbronn is located close to some better known cities such as Heidelberg and Stuttgart. In Heilbronn, you will find everything a student needs in their free time – a flea market, restaurants, parties and captivating lectures.


Heilbronn is situated about 50 kilometres north of Stuttgart on the Neckar River. The region is often called the “Unterland” as it lies in a valley surrounded by rolling hills. Heilbronn is a winemaking city, which you will recognise by the expansive vineyards outside of town. It’s also called the “Käthchen City”, named after the main character in the play ““ by Heinrich von Kleist. In fact, you’ll even find the “„, at the marketplace downtown – one of the oldest buildings in Heilbronn.

There are a number of other sights downtown worth seeing, such as the , in Kaiserstrasse, and numerous sculptures and artistic fountains in streets and corners all over town. For example, atop the Götz Tower, formally part of the city’s fortifications of 1392, you’ll discover a figure hanging “Over the Abyss” 30 metres above street level.

The Pottery Market Tower in Sülmerstrasse has become symbol of the resurrection of the city after its destruction in an aerial bombardment on 4 December 1944. Five different German folksongs are played there every day shortly before 11 am and around 7:20 pm (the exact minute when the city was bombed).

Many industrial companies have set up operations in and around the region of Heilbronn due to its well-developed infrastructure with the nearby autobahn, harbour and extensive industrial and dock-railway system. In addition to several logistics companies, Heilbronn is home to suppliers to the automobile industry, tool and mechanical engineering firms, trading companies and even salt-mining operations.


Heilbronn has everything a student needs. Thanks to its proximity to and , you have good chances of finding internships. Some student dormitories are close to the campus of the higher education institution. When you live there you will find it easier to take part in campus life and come in contact with other students faster, which is very important at the beginning of your studies.

organises a big party once every semester. AStA is a student organisation which helps students with problems and provides information about the programme of the higher education institutions. In addition to traditional sports, you can also sign up to train for a marathon or take part in a running meet-up on a regular basis. There are also several fitness studios and a swimming pool in town. You can take advantage of concession rates at these and other institutions in town.

There are many student groups which specialise in everything from business consulting to radio and which you can join.

On a day when you have no classes, you can take an excursion to the Wartberg Tower, situated on a hill called the in the direction of Weinsberg. The tower offers visitors a wonderful view of Heilbronn, Neckarsulm and Hohenlohe in the distance. The is located halfway between Heilbronn and Sontheim where you’ll find Kneipp stations, ponds, barbecue areas, lawns for sunbathers and gardens.

Hungry students usually converge at the student dining hall or grab a sandwich at a bar. In the summer, there are nice beer gardens along the Neckar River. In fact, the surrounding area is a nice place to take walks when the weather allows. On hot afternoons, we recommend enjoying a big ice-cream sundae at one of the many ice-cream parlours – very yummy!

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