The 5 Bruchsal Districts

Each of these districts has its own character, its own centre and its own cultural life.

Experience the medieval town centres of the districts of Heidelsheim and Obergrombach.

Untergrombach
Helmsheim
Obergrombach

Büchenau

Büchenau

Numerous lovingly renovated half-timbered houses characterise the village road "Au in den Buchen". In the Alte Schule (“old school”) at Büchenau is the Heimatstube Büchenau (“Büchenau local history centre”) which houses a large private collection of objects of local and craft history. The Bruchsal asparagus has flourished on the healthy sandy soil in Büchenau since 1952. There, the "white gold" as it is known, is particularly delicate, because all the fields are located in the water protection area and are therefore fertilised very little.
The legendary Büchenau asparagus festival is held during the asparagus season. Hidden treasures including the Easter fountain in the Vogelpark in the centre of town are lovingly adorned each year by the townspeople, so too is the village church which was built in 1745 and destroyed in 1945 and which was originally crowned with an onion dome. A popular destination for cyclists and walkers is the Maria Hilf Chapel on the Neutharder Straße, which was consecrated in 1864 and where the Mother of God, St. Joseph and St. Wendelin, as well as the Fourteen Holy Helpers, give people peace and comfort. "

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Heidelsheim

Heidelsheim

In 1774 Heidelsheim was known as “Reichsstadt Heidolfesheim”. Right up until the 19th century Heidelsheim remained one the “closed” walled towns with four fortress towers, which could only be entered through four gates. Both the Katzenturm and the Diebsturm encapsulate the image of Heidelsheim as a formerly fortified town. What’s more, the medieval layout with closely-packed buildings and narrow streets is still clearly visible. The extensive market square with its large fountain is surrounded by ancient houses and an avenue of broad chestnut trees.

History is brought to life on tours of the town and towers with Rosa. The Heimatmuseum in the town gate can be visited every second and fourth Sunday in the month between 2pm and 5pm from March to October, or by appointment.

The historic "Reichsstadtfest” (Imperial Town Festival) festival is held every odd-numbered year. Young and old meet at the traditional Higgomarkt in the afternoon on Easter Sunday for “Eierhiggen” in which boiled eggs are hit together, a special Easter tradition. If your egg stays intact, you win.

Helmsheim

Helmsheim

The name Helmsheim was first mentioned in the Lorsch friary’s deed of donation in the year 769. Through donations within the territorial authorities and the churches, the then "Helmolvesheim" experienced a turbulent history. Archaeological finds from different time periods are evidence of the settlements of the Celts, Romans and Alemanni.
 
The foundation stone of the baroque church of St. Sebastian was laid in 1753, and its interior design is a combination of several epochs.

The "Kelterfest", a highlight of Helmsheim's festive activities, takes place every two years in the winepress, which was built in 1782, and which was later used as a community bakery.
The old oven is still fully functional and is fired up on special occasions.
If you are looking for peace and relaxation, you will find it here in the typical hilly landscape of Kraichgau, where vineyards and orchards invite you to take long walks.

Obergrombach

Obergrombach

As soon as you walk under the archway at the Rathausplatz, you are in the middle of the past, in the historical "Städt'l", one of the more important medieval town centres in Baden-Württemberg. The townspeople and an artist took it upon themselves to decorate the half-timbered houses in an exceptionally artful and ornate way.
Erected around 1200, the Marienburg is majestically perched above the rooftops of Obergrombach. Cardinal Damian Hugo von Schönborn, Prince Bishop of Speyer, had the "Untere Schloss” (“Lower castle”) built as a summer residence in 1723. Today, the castle is privately owned and can be visited in evenly-numbered years during the traditional castle festival. The castle chapel is a gem of art history, with its frescoes on the history of salvation, passion and martyrdom.

Untergrombach

Untergrombach

The 269 metre Michaelsberg whose name comes from a Neolithic culture, the "Michelsberg culture", dating from around 3500 - 2600 BC. It is a fortified hilltop settlement with a special wall-trench system, which protected against attacks from enemies.  
The Michaelskapelle (“Michael’s chapel”) was first mentioned in writing in 1346. It was dedicated to Archangel Michael. Its present design was built in 1742-44 by Cardinal Damian Hugo von Schönborn, Prince-Bishop of Speyer.

The Michaelsberg is also a natural paradise with rare plants and animals. A number of signposted circular routes (645 KB) start out at the chapel, leading to beautiful spots: terraces and dry-stone walls, sunken pathways, stairways, fruit trees and meadows.

In the valley you will see the building known as the Firstsäulenständerhaus from 1428, the oldest half-timber building in the Kraichgau region. Here each room of the Heimatmuseum takes us back to another time and tells a different story, for example the story of the farmer Joß Fritz.
A peasant born in "Grumbach" around 1470 who fought for the rights and the human dignity of the peasants, he resisted the feudal lords and helped plan uprisings early in the 16th century in the Hochstift Speyer region, near Freiburg and Alsace. He became a symbol of the “Bundschuh” uprising.

The "Joß-Fritz-Fest" is celebrated on the first weekend of July every other year (in unevenly-numbered years).  

Heidelsheim
Büchenau