Known as the “town with two castles”, Weinheim was my second stop in the Rhine-Neckar triangle. I’m a big fan of castles, so of course I had to check both of them out while I had the chance.
Windeck Castle was mostly a ruin, but does have a brewery operating on its premises and seemed like a nice little local hangout. The tower itself was still structurally sound and had a great view of the nearby Odenwald mountain range and surrounding town.
Wachenburg Castle was a lot younger and therefore in much better condition. It was built by fraternity students from the Weinheimer Senioren-Convent in the early 1900s and is often used as a venue for weddings and other events. Having interacted with modern American fraternities, I can’t say I’ve ever pictured college students building a whole castle, but it was a lovely place to visit. There was even a restaurant on site!
The town itself was lovely, with a little marketplace down the main street three days a week and whole section of beautiful half-timbered houses just a few minutes walk away.
I’d definitely recommend renting a car here to fully experience the sights. The castles in particular were a little ways outside of town and seemed difficult to get to without a car or a long walk.