|View over Heilbronn from Wartberg|
|Heilbronner Rathaus - Heilbronn's Town Hall|
Heilbronn is also situated on the Neckar River, which might not be well-known outside Germany but is an important and busy river. You can take a ferry along the Neckar to scenic towns like Bad Wimpfen (my favourite medieval village ever!) and as far as Heidelberg. It's a well-known wine region and the hills surrounding Heilbronn are covered in grape vines (as you can see from the Wartberg pic at the top).
Also nearby - just along the Autobahn - is the Auto und Technikmuseum in Sinsheim, an absolute must for car and plane lovers and even pretty interesting for people like me. They've got a Concorde you can go inside, among other pretty cool exhibits.Other places to head from Heilbronn include Mannheim, Stuttgart (especially the Mercedes Museum) and of course the very pretty city of Heidelberg.
In winter, Heilbronn usually gets an annoying amount of snow - enough to disrupt driving a little but not really enough to be spectacularly beautiful. So I'd avoid a winter trip, except for one reason - the Christmas markets. Personally I think late summer is the best time of year to be there and if you can coincide a visit with the Heilbronner Weindorf - the wine festival, held in September - then that's ideal. The centre of the town is transformed with little wooden huts representing all the vineyards in the region and every evening thousands of people gather to sample different wines, eat traditional foods and enjoy the late sunset.
If you've got any questions about Heilbronn, ask me below - I'm an enthusiastic supporter of for-a-short-while hometown. And of course I've still got some in-laws there. Yay for Heilbronn!