In southwestern Germany, on the banks of the Rhine and Neckar, lies a lively city waiting to be discovered. Explore Mannheim through these six highlights and be surprised!
Soak up the sun at the Wasserturm
Ask any Mannheimer, and they’ll probably tell you that the water tower, or “Wasserturm,” is their favorite building in town. It is therefore not surprising that the tower is a much seen extra in wedding and holiday photos. The Wasserturm is one of the most beautiful art nouveau structures in Europe and the beautiful fountains, promenades and arches are a lovely place to come together in the spring sun. The best view is from the terrace of one of the cafés on Friedrichsplatz. Take a seat under one of the arches, sip your cup of coffee (or Aperol Spritz) and you’ll feel like you’re in the Mediterranean.
Admire the Christ Church
A second impressive structure in Mannheim towers far above the water tower: the Christ Church. The protestan house of worship has a beautiful neo-classical
interior and a round dome that can be seen from a far away. But there is also plenty to discover in the church, which was completed in 1911. For example, admire beautiful frescoes, and one of Germany’s largest and most impressive organs.
Unwind on the Paradeplatz
In the heart of the centre you will find the Paradeplatz and in the heart of that is the impressive Grupello Fountain; ten paths walk towards the fountain in the shape of a star. There is no finer place to relax than on the green plains and benches of the square. In the summer it seems as if all the locals gather here. Equipped? From here you can reach the many shopping streets of Mannheim in a few minutes. Tip! Under the Paradeplatz there is a deep bunker, which can be visited on select dates.
Back in time
It has probably become clear to you that there is quite a bit of history to be found in Mannheim. Explore history even further during a visit to the Mannheimer Schloss. This Baroque palace, part of which is used by the university, is one of the largest in Europe and reopened to visitors after renovations in 2019. The façade of more than 400 meters high is impressive in itself, but also take the time to visit the beautiful inside of the palace. Lovers of castles and life at the court pick up their hearts here. Just down the road, you’ll find the Jesuit Church, which completes your tour of the city’s Baroque highlights.
A detour to “Little Istanbul”
Mannheim is full of nationalities and the perfect place to immerse yourself in it is “Little Istanbul”. In this district you will find mostly small Turkish shops where you can get delicious delicacies such as baklava and apple tea. But you can come here for much more than food. Admire colorful bridal shops, have your tresses cut by the hairdresser or enjoy all that glistening in the jewelers. The southern atmospheres here make a lot of life take place on the street and you can easily immerse yourself in it.
On to the market
Stock up on food for the return trip? Then, on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, head to the lively market at the Baroque Marktplatz, near Little Istanbul. The old town hall and the Sint-Sebastiaankerk – the oldest building in Mannheim – tower over colourful market stalls, richly stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables and deliciously fragrant specialties from all over the world. Around the square there are plenty of cosy restaurants, in case you immediately feel like a snack and a drink.
Opening image: Achim Mende
Stadtmarketing Mannheim gives you all the information for a nice stay in the city of Mannheim. For more information, please visit visit-mannheim.de