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Neckar River | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 202 km
Number of locks: 27
Lock dimensions: 95.00 x 11.40
Max. depth: 2.50
Max. headroom: 5.50
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Good

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River Neckar
or navigating passed the vine growing areas of Baden-Württemberg.
A small but fine river and almost an entirely one of Baden-Württemberg and therefore of great importance! (The few meters laying in Hessen are rather an unfortunate error of history than anything else!)
It has its source in the Schweninger Moos at Villingen-Schwenningen. This part of Schwarzwald must be rather wet; the waters of the Danube come out of this corner too.

But back to the Neckar;
after disburdening from mountains and woods, it pleases amongst others the cities of Stuttgart, Heilbronn and Heidelberg with its quite floods before meeting the Rhine at Mannheim. The river has a length of 370 km and is navigable from Mannheim to Plochingen over 201.5 km. It is still used for commercial navigation but is just as well an insider tip for leisure skippers.

A wine yard goes with every “real” river! The “Ländle” doesn’t make an exception. And along wine yards, living is easy!!! (Unfortunately boat hiring is not possible, since Neckar is a federal waterway on which a license is requested!)
The river is, with its charming places like Neckargmünd, Hirschhorn, Hassmersheim, Bad Wimpfen, Besigheim, Marbach and Esslingen and the beautiful nature between them a fantastic 2-weeks trip. If you plan an ample visit to the cities of Mannheim, Heidelberg, Heilbronn and Stuttgart it might easily become 3 weeks.
Say it with pictures:
Joachim Büchler hat die sicher schönste Fotosammlung zum Neckar ins Netz gestellt!

Places along the river Neckar:
Mannheim / Heidelberg / Hirschhorn / Eberbach / Hassmersheim / Neckarsulm / Heilbronn / Besigheim / Sirnau-Esslingen / Deizisau

Wine and Dine
Spätzle, Maultaschen and Rostbraten are famous.  It might also be a Badischer-Riesling Gockel  (chicken in Riesling sauce). Many are sure that the best of German cooking is offered here.

You’ll find here a very special kind of Restaurants, the “Strausswirtschaft”. Usually it belongs to a wine growing estate which serves small meals or snacks while trying their wines. If you like dry wines, you’re happy here. Müller Thurgau, Grauer Burgunder, Gutedel, Riesling and Sylvaner are mostly growing in this region. Not to forget about sparkling wines and hard liquors from the area