The town of Leimen is about five miles south of Heidelberg, and is the area's industial center -- providing a significant number of jobs for residents of Leimen, Nußloch, and other area towns (such as St. Ilgen, Sandhausen, Bruchhausen, Walldorf, and Rohrbach). It is the endestelle for the Heidelberg straßenbahn to the south.
Despite its 'industrial' roots, Leimen's downtown has maintained a quaintness all its own, with the main street snaking up a steep hillside, away from the factories. Leimen is also an active town, with a regular cycle of festivals and activities. These are held across two main marketplatzes, the Kurfalz-Zentrum and the nearby Georgi Platz (pictured at left). Georgi Platz harbors the majority of the town's sidewalk cafés and restaurants.
Leimen's restaurants are among the more progressive compared to other towns of its size (most small town restaurants use traditional or conservative decor, and offer rather standard or seasonal German/Italian fare, whereas a few places in Leimen seem willing to be a little 'different').
Like most towns, Leimen has its brewery and brauhaus/restaurant, but few display their tanks in a storefront window the way Leimen's does...
Having been a homebrewer in a previous part of my life, I've taken it upon myself to critique the locally brewed beers, and so far Leimener Bergbrau Kellerbier and Pils are among the best I've had in Germany. If you have a chance to try them, you'll never drink another Beck's.
Leisure activities aside, Leimen actually sports a handsome industrial, if one could ever conceive such a thing. The Heidelberg Zementwerk (pictured here) is among the classiest factories you will ever see. Also, the presence of the Zementwerk is clearly evident through the conveyor belt system that runs through the town -- past Nußloch, and down into a tunnel near Wiesloch far to the south, eminating from some quarry located a long distance away.
Leimen -- a great little industrial town with a lot more to offer.
Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2001 Tom Galvin