Bensheim along with other similar towns is on the Bergstraße, a mountain road running on the western edge of the Odenwald mountain range.
The Altstadt in Bensheim is part of the town's central shopping and restaurant district along Hauptstraße, a pedestrian mall about a half kilometre long that passes through the Marktplatz. The Altstadt also includes some streets crossing and parallel to Hauptstraße. The Altstadt has many half-timbered buildings, some picturesque fountains, a creek under an attractive bridge, and tower that might be part of an old city wall.
Bensheim is served by the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (VRN) public transportation network which offers day tickets to explore the Bergstraße region southwards from Zwingenberg by regional train, bus or tram. The railway station has a staffed ticket office (DB Reisezentrum) where you can purchase VRN as well as DB (railway) tickets.
There are trains to Darmstadt and to Worms roughly every hour.
The Altstadt is quite walkable and is very close to the railway station.
Marktplatz (town's market square)
- Marktbrunnen (Market Fountain), dates from 1895
- House No. 22: former Gasthaus 'Zur Armbrust', built in 1615 – timber-framed corner house with a two-storey bay and half-hipped roof
- House No. 21: renaissance timber framework (built around 1600) of this three-storey house appears relatively unaltered.
- House No. 16-18: ensemble of three identical timber-framed houses built in 1682 “as an adornment of the Market Square” dominate its southern side.
- Blauer Aff, Kappengasse 2 - Bensheim-Auerbach, ☎ . from 5PM. Very nice restaurant and wine pub. With atrium to sit outside during warm summer nights.
Other places in the Bergstraße region are:
Places away from the Bergstraße region are: