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Places of interest

Upscale ambience and modern services: Mannheim, the second largest city in Baden-Württemberg, surprises its visitors with its many fascinating facets such as the city's landmark, the Mannheim Water Tower

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as well as one of Europe's most beautiful Art Nouveau parks and the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar into Europe's second largest domestic harbours. And if Mannheim's many sites aren't enough, the Odenwald mountain range and Palatinate regions, two of Germany's most beautiful tourist regions, are both located nearby.

  • Old observatory
  • Christ Church 
  • Congress Centrum
  • Harbour
  • Central railway station
  • Jesuit Church
  • Jewish community centre and mosque
  • Rosengarten cultural centre
  • Art exhibition hall
  • Market square
  • National Theatre
  • Paradeplatz
  • Reiss Museum
  • Rhine promenade
  • Palace and palace church
  • Stadthaus N1
  • Water Tower

Surroundings

Luisenpark and Herzogenriedpark

The city's two major parks, the Luisenpark and the Herzogenriedpark, boast an exceptional reputation even outside of the city. The Luisenpark, covering an area of 41 hectares, is the larger of the two. Its history extends back before the turn of the century. Today, the Luisenpark is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Europe - and not just according to Mannheim's residents. This park in the middle of the town centre features a botanical garden, a zoo, an amusement park and a theme park.

The Kutzerweiher Lake is idyllically located in the middle of the park. On sunny days, many visitors take one of the "gondolettas" out onto the lake. Another one of the park's many highlights was the opening of the beautiful 5,000 m2 Chinese Gardens in 2001.

The Herzogenried Park spans 22 hectares and is thus the smaller of the two city parks. For the residents and visitors this park offers a conveniently-located recreation and relaxation area. Not to be overlooked is the Mannheim Multihalle known as the architectural "miracle of Mannheim". The self-supporting dome is 20 m high and 60 m wide. The petting zoo, mini-golf area and the mini-boot pond with cable ferry behind the Multihalle are also popular.
All visitors enjoy the show gardens, which feature a rose garden with 20,000 roses, sun terraces, or the open-air terrace on pond shore.

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Palatinate

Getting to Germany's Palatinate region is as easy as simply crossing the Rhine from Mannheim. The region is characterised by gently rolling vineyards, extensive orchards, far-reaching forests and a climate reminiscent of southern Europe. The German Wine Route features tranquil, romantic corners that are anything but sleepy when the wine festival season begins: jazz, pop, rock or classic concerts among ancient ruins and picturesque wineries shouldn't be missed.

 

Heidelberg

Heidelberg is world-famous as the cradle of German Romanticism and a university city located just 20 km from Mannheim. The town centre with its numerous delightful corners and alleyways is situated on the banks of the Neckar. Enjoy a magnificent view from the Philosopher's Way or old bridge. The Heidelberger Castle (which is more like castle ruins, but which still attract visitors from around the world) towers above the town centre. For a romantic experience, take a walk through the castle grounds or discover the Heidelberg Tun that holds 221,726 litres of wine inside the castle.

 

Hockenheimring

The final week in July is when hoards of enthusiastic motor sport fans flock to the Ring when the big Formula 1 prize is awarded in Hockenheim. Hockenheim fittingly features a museum for motorsport fans. The Tobacco Museum is also worth visiting.

To experience how it feels to be on the Hockenheim Ring yourself, simply call +49 (0) 620 595 0212.

Museum

Technoseum Mannheim

The permanent exhibition on the museum's six storeys includes a total of 15 exhibitions organised into seven categories:
Communication, steam engines and nuclear power plants, machinery, metals and plastics, railways and automobiles, agriculture, commerce and metropolis, paper, printing and textiles.
Special exhibitions are featured regularly.
Opening hours
Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, closed on December 24th and 31st.
Entry fees: Adults 6 €, reduced 4 €, family card 12 € , free for children under the age of 6
Prices vary for the special exhibitions.
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Planetarium

One of the world's first planetariums, located in the lower Luisenpark was opened in Mannheim back in 1927. Today's planetarium features a 20 m projection dome and space for around 280 visitors. Numerous technical improvements have been added from 1984 to today, including a show laser system, equipment and large-scale video display projectors. Thanks to the device's fibre optics, stars are now more realistic than ever and feature an unsurpassed brilliance.

Entry fees: Adults 7 €, discounted 5 €, children (12 and under) 3.50 €
For opening hours for the shows and tickets, please call +49 (0) 621 415 692.
Closed on Mondays and December 24,25,31 and January 1