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Heidenheim an der Brenz is a city in the Swabian Mountains (German: Schwäbische Alb) near Stuttgart.

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Heidenheim is a stop along the Brenz train line that runs from Aalen via Heidenheim to Ulm. The regional train line is also part of Heidenheim's local public transport system.

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Heidenheim is located near the Autobahn A 7 just off the Exit Heidenheim and is also easily accessible by car and truck via the federal highways B 19 and B 466 that travers the city.

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  • State Museum of Württemberg (Württembergisches Landesmuseum). operates a branch location in Hellenstein Castle where it placed its Carriage and Chaise Museum
  • Museum (in the Roman Baths). exhibits finds dating back to Roman time.
  • Art Museum (located in a former Jugendstil bath). organizes traveling exhibits. It also displays in permanent exhibit the world's largest and most complete collection of Picasso posters.
  • 1 Hellenstein Castle (Schloß Hellenstein). Located on top of Hellenstein Mountain and overlooking the city, the most important building and landmark of Heidenheim
  • Protestant Michaels' Church. former parish seat of the city
  • Elmar-Doch-House.
  • Crown Inn and Pub.
  • Lower Gate.
  • Villa Waldemaier.
  • burgher tower Türmle.
  • Castle Pharmacy.
  • the weavers' settlement.
  • Heathland Smithy.
  • Old Mint.
  • old Peters' Church (today cemetery chapel).
  • construction facility for the manufacture of large turbines. built for the local Voith company in 1924 is a significant industrial historic landmark.
  • Schnaitheim castle. The little castle is situated at the Brenz river's edge and offers a sight to see for visitors and residents alike.
  • Schnaitheim Mill. large wheel, though operation of the mill was halted several years ago.
  • Mergelstetten church. the old church was torn down in 1841 and replaced with a new, Protestant church built in neo-gothic style. The building was commissioned by Carl Alexander Heideloff who also commissioned Lichtenstein Castle. Lumber was used to build parts of the church because the parish was poor at the time. For the same reason the church tower wasn't built as tall as originally planned. Nonetheless, this church is popular and picturesque and frequently used on postcards.

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  • Sasse Theater company.

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  • World Cup fencing: 9–10 January 2020. Heidenheim annually hosts a World Cup fencing tournament in épée. Because of the size and depth of the field, the Heidenheim event is considered the strongest épée event in the world, stronger even than the World Championships or the Olympic Games. (date needs updating)
  • Opernfestspiele Heidenheim: 28 May – 2 August 2020. Annually Heidenheim puts on the Opera Festival in Hellenstein Castle. The festival developed out of the former serenades held there. Over the past years it has received international recognition and critical acclaim under the artistic direction of conductor Marco-Maria Canonica. In the summer of 2009 the Festival will stage Marschner's opera "Der Vampyr", which will be the second part of a cycle of three operas under the motto "Romantik im Rittersaal". The first part was von Weber's "Der Freischütz", performed in 2008, and the third and final installment will be Wagner's "Der fliegende Holländer" in 2010. During the summer of 2010 all three operas will be performed in full cycles. The Opernfestspiele Heidenheim draws visitors from around Europe and overseas, and has significantly boosted the city's reputation as an important cultural site. Residents also enjoy the annual theater festival in the outdoor Nature Theater. (date needs updating)

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