Among people with aquired taste, the „Hessische Bergstraße“ is already well known. As the smallest of 13 winegrowing areas in Germany, the region offers wonderful hiking options and features a variety of sightseeing highlights. Located nearby you will find one of the UNESCO world cultural heritages, the former monastery Lorsch and the museum of tobacco, that opened in the year 1995. The museum presents in 1500 exhibits the cultural history of growing tobacco, which was one of the main economic factors of the region until the early 20th century. During the main period , around 1920, about 200 planters were cultivating approximately 50 hectare of crop area. In 1997 only one farmer was left with 3,5 hectare until at least he gave up as well in the year 2000. All in all for 300 years the region of Lorsch was shaped by the cultivation and manufacturing of tobbacco.
History of the hotel
The architects Landes & Partner in Frankfurt a.M. were inspired by the cultur-historical heritage of the region. Thus, the hotel building empathized from the structures and colors of former tobacco barns, which parcially still can be found in the area. Until 1925, directly after the harvest, during the late summer months, the tobacco leaves were hung up in the basilica of the monestary to dry. Later on barns were built for the treatment of the tobacco leaves. Another reminiscence to this special time period are the half-elliptical windows that reach all the way down to the floor. The profile of the windows mirror the shape of tobacco leaves which gives the hotel its distinctive look and further visually explains the name of the hotel: Tobbaccon. Last but not least our remarkable architecture unites the tradition of tobacco growing with the comfort of a modern business hotel. Convenience combined with a warming and pleasant atmosphere preserve the character defining features of the hotel.
The location of the hotel is not only attractive to companies and business travelers: also the train station in Bensheim as well as access to two major interstates leading to Mannheim, Darmstadt or Frankfurt are within immediate reach. Travellers who spend the weekend in the attractive region of the Bergstraße can experience a variety of sightseeing and leisure activities offered nearby to ensure diversity and recreation.
- the „Museumszentrum Lorsch“ comprises the museum of tobacco as well as the museum of monestary history and folklore.
- The famous „Stadtpark Fürstenlager“ in Bensheim-Auberbach represents a former baronial recreation area. On 42 hectares visitors can tour a well-groomed park area with exotic trees and plants as well as the former historical buildings and courtyards.
- Indoor climbing center „High Moves“ in Bensheim offers more than 1500 m² of modern climbing walls up to 15 meters of hight and 30 meters of lenght on different difficulty levels. Further the climbing center features an outside climbing wall, Boulderblocs, a low and a high rope course as well as two zip lines.
- 18 hole golf course „Golfplatz Bensheim“ – par 71 – a fix starting time is not required.
- „Bowlingcenter Bensheim“ – Brunswick bowling center for the whole family.
- „Pfitzenmaier“ Wellness and Fitness park in Bensheim is the most state-of-the-art gym in the area featuring a large training area, gym classes, spin racing area, yogalounge, as well as a sky-arena, that transmits the most recent sports news.