At night in Heppenheim’s narrow alleys

After dark, Heppenheim turns into a legendary city. Since 2004, more than 150 artfully designed silhouette cut-outs, created by the artist Albert Völkl have been decorating the street lamps in Heppenheim’s historic centre – and all of them show Hessian legends. They tell exciting stories from past times – about giantesses, gnomes and unredeemed nights. Stories of courage and cunning, heroism and love.
 
How about a little taste of the stories?
 
The legend “Castle in the Mountain” tells the story of a candle maker, whose son went to Heppenheim day after day in order to sell his candles. One fine day, the boy met a strange man at the foot of the Schlossberg mountain. The man showed him through a secret door into a splendid castle in the mountain. There, he gave him a lot of money for his candles. From now on, the boy sold all of his candles to the stranger – but he had to promise he would never tell anyone! But, one day, the people of Heppenheim came to the candle maker and shouted, because they would not get any candles anymore and Heppenheim was dark. The father asked the boy, but the boy remembered his promise and did not want to tell anything! The father, however, did not stop asking and threatened the boy with punishment. After a long time of thinking, the boy revealed the secret! The father wanted to find the castle in the mountain with its golden room – but the castle had vanished! Some secrets are meant to remain secrets forever!
 

 

Audio tracks of the lantern walk (only in german)


Listen here to three regional legends read to you you by three different storytellers. Take your beloved ones on an individual tour of Heppenheims lantern walk - the locations of the chosen stories are mentioned below. The stories are all told in German. Guided tours in English are available by prior arrangement. Please contact our tourist information office.

Enjoy our audiodigital tour!
 
 

Hear the story "The castle in the mountain" 

read for you by Ute Lulay and Jeannine Mader.

(Location of the lantern on the market square at the entrance to Schunkengasse)

The tale of Heppenheim's legendary hero "Melampus" 

read for you by Uwe Pfeifer.

(Location of the lantern on the stairs from Schunkengasse to the church)

The legendary story "The squeaking pig of Lindenfels" 

read for you by Karlheinz Mulzer.

(Location of the lantern on the church square) 

Lantern walk

Find little signs on all street lamps to individually explore the historic centre and find out more about the old legends. The illuminated street lamps with their silhouette cut-outs will take you from the market place through narrow alleys to mysterious places and romantic corners, which inspire the imagination of every visitor, just as the story tellers did in former times.
 
 

Laugh, be amazed and shuddered!

Experience the street lamps with its legends together with historically costumed guides equipped with a ladder, hand lanterns and candle light who will meet you on the market place for an exciting night tour. The guides will choose some lamp posts and there, in a very entertaining manner, they will tell old stories of secret, tragic and funny occurrences. Lantern Tours for individual travellers take place on every Saturday from May through September. Lantern Tours for groups can be booked throughout the year.
 

Lantern Tours for individual travellers

May – September: every Saturday at 10:00 pm (no tours during the wine festival)
group tours upon request
December: 26th – 31st December at 7:00 pm.
 
 

Hesse’s most beautiful legends

The book “Die schönsten Sagen aus Hessen” – “Hesse’s most beautiful legends” written by a literature scholar named Garbe and illustrator Albert Völkl invite you to take part in an imaginary journey into a world of gnomes, witches, devils, ghost riders as well as daredevil woman – an encounter with mysterious magical powers throughout Hesse, from Witzenhausen to Heppenheim, from Limburg to Fulda.
 
The German literature scholar Garbe, who is also highly familiar with the tales from the Brothers Grimm chose the most beautiful legends of former times and gave them back their high entertainment value. Albert Völkl created the artfully designed silhouette cut-outs. They complement the stories in a very harmonic way. The darkness and the stories inspire the imagination of every single visitor and not every secret will be revealed!
 
The entertaining book consists of approximately 120 pages and it is available at the Tourist Information Office. The book is written in German language.
Price: 19.80 € or 12.00 € for the pocket book.