Hockenheim – Agricultural City Turned to Motor Racing
Location: Motor City in Northwestern Baden-Wurttemberg
This motor racing town is located in the northwestern part of Baden-Wurttemberg in the upper Rhine Valley. It is divided by the Kraichbach brook, which flows into the Rhine. The town is easy to access, as it is connected to the A6, A5 and A61 motorways. There is also train service from Karlsruhe and Mannheim, with a shuttle bus to the Hockenheimring during events.
Culture: Museums and Architectural Beauties
The Hockenheimring not only hosts motor races, but there is also a museum that has over 200 exhibits of historical motorcycles and engines. There are other important local museums, including one for tobacco cultivation, which is the first of its kind in the state. However, the biggest landmark in town is the art nouveau water tower. There are also churches that have architectural significance in town, including the Neo-baroque protestant town church, the Art Nouveau Catholic church, and the historical Catholic Church that has a late Gothic choir tower.
Activities: Walk Among Endangered Animals and Plants
One of the biggest draws to the area is the Hockenheimring, which was constructed in the early 1930s as a motorcycle-racing ring. Today, it hosts the Formula One Grand Prix, and has done so over 30 times since 1970, as well as motorcycle races such as the International German Motorbike Championships. Since 2007, the Formula One races alternate between the Hockenheimring and the Nurburgring every year. However, it is not the only draw to the town. The Hockenheimer Rheinbogen is a large meander area of the Rhine that is under natural protection that features biologically diverse wetlands with endangered plants and animals.