Mannheim, Germany: Points of interest, things to see and do, best restaurants, traveler tips
Mannheim – the industrial western center of Germany
Mannheim is a city in southwestern Germany, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar. Mannheim is unusual among German cities in that its streets and avenues are laid out in the form of a grid, which has earned it the nickname “City of Squares”.
The industrial city is known worldwide for two discoveries: Carl Drez created the first bicycle in 1817, and Carl Benz opened the first auto shop in 1885. According to Forbes magazine, Mannheim is known for its exceptional inventive power and ranks 11th among the top 15 most inventive cities in the world.
Streets in Mannheim, Germany (Photo© Hubert Berberich / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-3.0)
- Market Square. In its center is a monument to the 1719 fountain. On the south side of the market square is a two-story baroque building, which remains the oldest surviving building in Mannheim.
- Mannheim Palace (Barockchloss Manheim). The most famous landmark of the city is a majestic 18th-century building of red and yellow sandstone in the Baroque style. Nowadays there is a university here. There is also a palace museum. Price for a ticket: 3-6 euros.
- Friedrichsplatz. Located near the main station, in the center of the square is Mannheim Water Tower with a height of 60 meters. It was built in 1889 in the Neo-Baroque style and is topped with a 3.50 meter statue of Amphitrite. Around the tower in winter there are Christmas fairs.
- Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus). It is located on the southern edge of the square and was built at the beginning of the 18th century.
- Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche). Built in 1760 and noted by historians as the most important Baroque church in the southwest. The frescoes inside were done by the Munich artist Egid Quirin Assam. The high altar and the six side altars were designed by Egil and Verschafelff in late Baroque or early Classicism.
- Church of Christ (Christuskirche). Built in 1911 in the Neo-Baroque style with Art Nouveau elements. The height of the church is 65 meters. The first corridor of the tower is surrounded by statues of the twelve apostles.
- Art Museum (Kunsthalle Museum). Was created in honor of the three hundredth anniversary of the city in 1907. The collection of the museum includes German and French paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries and international sculpture of the 20th century. Ticket price: 5-8 euros.
- Telecommunications Tower (Fernmeldeturm Mannheim). The tallest building in Mannheim – 212.8 meters. At 125 meters high it has a revolving restaurant and a viewing platform that offers a wide panoramic view of the city and the surrounding area.
- Luisenpark. The largest city park, established in 1903. There are many beautiful gardens and lakes, as well as a butterfly house, exhibition house, Chinese tea house and a floating stage.
- Synagogue. Completed in 1987, the granite-red cube-shaped facade of the building is characterized by tall glass arched windows. A flat dome encloses it.
- Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque. Built in 1995, it was the largest representative mosque in Germany at the time of its completion. The striking plaster facade is emphasized in the middle by the projection of the prayer niche and is designed with checkerboard triangular windows.
What to do in Mannheim ?
- Try the natural ice cream at Zeitgeist. The store offers a daily renewal of flavors, you can always try something new and unusual. They also make vegetarian ice creams.
- Have a picnic on the banks of the Rhine. At Die Metzgerei you can buy various picnic baskets and head to the riverbank for a relaxing meal.
- Appreciate the beauty of the music in the former fire station. “Alte Feuerwache” delights audiences with world-class live performances with a very attractive coffee bar and beer garden.
- Take a photo at the city’s TV tower, which offers a stunning view of Mannheim.
- Find the statue of the Angel of Peace, which was created after the war to commemorate the victims of the Nazi regime.
Where to eat and dine in Mannheim ?
Mannheim is a cosmopolitan city with 170 nationalities from all over the world, which is why the gastronomy here is also diverse. Typical culinary specialties from Mannheim are the gingerbread Mannemer Dreck and the alcoholic drink Mannheimer Hafenwasser. A typical Mannheimer beer is Eichbaum, which is produced and distributed in various variations by the Eichbaum brewery in Mannheim.
Spaghetti Ice Cream is an ice cream that owes its name to its special appearance: it looks like spaghetti with tomato sauce. It was invented in 1969 by Mannheim ice cream maker Dario Fontanella.
- Cafe Prag. Located in a 1902 building of a former tailor’s shop. A cafe with jazz music, bright red walls with wooden inserts, delicious drinks and snacks. The Belgian croissants are a must-try. Average bill: 5 Euros.
- Taksim. A very popular Turkish bakery – here you can often see large queues of people lined up for fragrant delicacies. Especially pizza in Turkish style. Average bill: 6 euros.
- Gasthaus Zentrale. Rustic pub offers hearty national dishes, large portions of salads, pizza, noodles and more. Average bill: 11 euros.
- Natthanicha Thai Kitchen. Asian restaurant with friendly staff and low prices. The Thai soup with shrimp and beef is worth a try. Average bill: 10 Euros.
- Restaurant Heimat. A small boat standing on the river. This place serves fresh seafood, a variety of meat delicacies and delicious sauces. Average bill: 14 euros.
You can watch a video about Meingheim at the link below:
Friedrichsplatz in Mannheim, Germany(Photo above© Simsalabimbam / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0)
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