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.
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 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.
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.
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