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"Stadthalle Convention Center" Top 5 Page for this destination Old Town/Altstadt Tip by Nemorino

Old Town/Altstadt, Heidelberg: 37 reviews and 68 photos

  Stadthalle Convention Center
by Nemorino

This ancient-looking building on the banks of the Neckar River is actually just over one hundred years old. It was built from 1901 to 1903.

Concerts, celebrations and conventions are often held here, for instance the "11th International Symposium on Hepatitis C & Related Viruses" in October 2004 and a "Supercomputer Congress" in June 2005.

Update: In 2010 there were plans to build a huge addition to the Stadthalle Convention Center, so as to triple the capacity for conventions and other large events.

Opponents collected signatures to force a referendum against this project, saying the planned addition would be a monstrosity that would deface the historic Old Town and bring huge amounts of additional motor traffic to the roads by the riverside. They suggested building a new convention center up near the main railroad station in an area where lots of new construction is going on anyway.

In June 2010 the city was full of placards urging voters to vote YES or NO on this issue. All the major political parties supported the project and urged a YES vote.

When the referendum was held on July 25 voter turnout was low and it seemed doubtful at first that there would even be enough votes for a quorum (25 %), but in the end over 26,000 people voted NO, which was enough to validate the referendum. The end result was 67.1 % NO and only 32.9 % YES.

Address: Neckarstaden 24
Directions: On the river, between Montpellierplatz and Jubilaeumsplatz.
Phone: (0 62 21) 14 22 60 63

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  • Updated Dec 18, 2013
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