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The City Of Mannheim


Mannheim is located at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Neckar in the northwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg. Its main station is an important ICE/TGV junction. Frankfurt International Airport can be reached by train in just about 30 minutes. Mannheim has a population of about 300,000 inhabitants and is a cultural and economic centre of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region (2.4 million inhabitants). The streets and avenues of Mannheim’s inner city are laid out in a grid pattern, leading to its nickname “city of the squares”. The eighteenth century palace, one of Europe‘s largest Barock castles, second only to Versailles, now houses the University of Mannheim. The town’s landmark is a 60-metre high water tower located in the middle of the Art Nouveau square Friedrichsplatz.
Mannheim is also famous for its innovations. In 1817, Karl Freiherr von Drais presented the world’s first bicycle in Mannheim. Friedrich Engelhorn founded the chemical company BASF in Mannheim in 1865. Its factory, however, was built in Ludwigshafen, just across the river Rhine. In 1885, Karl Benz patented the world’s first motor car. Three years later, his wife Bertha Benz ventured the first long distance journey by automobile from Mannheim to Pforzheim (104 km). Dario Fontanella invented in 1969 the delicious “spaghetti ice-cream”.
Mannheim has a renowned theater and a pop academy offering academic degree programs focusing on popular music and music business. Mannheim is also a sporting city. The multi-purpose hall SAP Arena, for example, is the home of both the German ice hockey record champion Adler Mannheim and one of the leading German handball teams, the Rhein-Neckar Löwen.

What to do in Mannheim?
Mannheim has a vibrant bar and café scene. Gourmets will find four Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Mannheim’s largest city park, the Luisenpark, offers ten kilometres of promenades, 3,000 trees, 200,000 plants and flowers, art exhibitions, and cafés. The Technoseum presents the history of labour and technology. This museum is famous for showing historical machines like steam locomotives or textile machines at work. The Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums Mannheim – or in short, ‘rem’ – are an internationally renowned complex of museums that display about 1.2 million art objects and archeological discoveries.
Nearby attractions are the romantic old town of Heidelberg, the largest Romanesque Cathedral of Europe in Speyer (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Castle of Hambach, cradle of the German democracy, and the renowned wine region Palatinate where vineyard tours and wine tastings are offered. All these destinations can be reached by public transportation.

Please do not be afraid to ask us or our student volunteers at the Registration and Information desk for tips on Mannheim.

Read more about Mannheim:
Lonely Planet
Official tourist site of Mannheim

Last update November 12, 2014
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