Schwetzingen is in Baden-Württemberg.
The town is sandwiched between the A5 and the A6 just north of the A61 Hockenheim.
As a tourist, walking is your best bet. The town is small and the 10-minute walk from the train station to the gardens is along one of the main roads, and on some days includes a market.
Thompkins Barracks is sort of within walking distance of downtown Schwetzingen. The walk is easy, but can take quite a bit of time. For those who would rather not walk, you can take bus 710 from one of the bridges adjacent to Thompkins Barracks. The ride will cost roughly 50 cents.
- 1 Schwetzinger Schloss (palace), Schloß Mittelbau, ☏ . gardens are phenomenal, with everything from fake Roman ruins to a French garden to hedge rows.
- Schlossplatz. the main place in front of the Schloss with a lot of pubs and restaurants.
- hunting lodge. offers tours, but is not worth the time if the weather's nice.
Visit the pubs around Schlossplatz (the place in front of the castle). If you like dancing, see the Cubar where you can dance salsa.
In May and June, you will get Spargel (Asparagus). Schwetzingen is famous for its awesome Spargel.
- Cantina Mexicana, Schlossplatz 8a, ☏ . A centrally located Mexican restaurant only several meters from the castle. The food is decent and the service is effective. A cheap happy hour is a major selling point for this bar with cocktails going for as little as 4 Euro a pop. But don't expect much of a Margarita. The decor elicits of the stereotypical Mexican restaurant with bricked walls and bright neons that advertise beer.
- Da Dona, Marstallstraße 18, ☏ , fax: . Daily from 5:30PM - Midnight. A small, but good Italian restaurant, family owned, quaint/elegant atmosphere, food is great, service is very kind and professional. €20.
- Kaffeehaus Schwetzingen, am Schlossplatz.
- Schwetzinger Brauhaus zum Ritter, Schlossplatz 1, ☏ .
- Zähringer Hof, Carl-Theodor-Straße 13, ☏ .
- Blaues Loch, Zeyherstraße 3, ☏ .
If you like beer, try a Welde Pils with its award winning bottle design.
- Adler Post, Schlossstraße 3, ☏ .
- Hotel zum Erbprinzen, Karlsruher Str. 1, ☏ .
- Hotel Altavilla garni, Dreikönigstraße 8, ☏ .
- Villa Benz, Zähringer Straße 51, ☏ .
- [dead link] Achat-Hotel Schwetzingen, Schälzigweg 1-3, ☏ .
- Bertha Benz Memorial Route - Follow the tracks of the world's first automobile journey (Mannheim - Pforzheim/Black Forest - Schwetzingen - Mannheim) back in 1888