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Mannheim: Lots to see and do - from museums to outdoor activities

Mannheim : Lots to see and do - from museums to outdoor activities

In Southwest Germany, Stuttgart is the cradle of the German auto industry and Frankfurt is a bustling economic center. And just 35 minutes from each of these cities by the high-speed ICE train, lies less-visited Mannheim. At the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, this is the region’s second largest city, and offers plenty to see and do. Think museums, shopping, rockin’ music scene and a history of innovation. Its unique grid pattern of its downtown streets gave Mannheim the nickname, “The Quadrate City.” Then there’s that small invention known as the car.

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It’s here that Karl and Bertha Benz produced industrial engines and the first car was ever driven back in 1885. Today, you can drive along the Bertha Benz Memorial Route and discover the original scenes of that first long distance journey. You can see this thrust toward modern innovation on display at Mannheim’s Technoseum, the State Museum of Technology and Work. This is one of the three major art museums in all of Germany, and exhibits over 200 years of social history. With its experimental stations of science and technology, you’ll take an interactive journey through recent time.

But not all is mechanics here. The Pop Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg is a university institution for the music industry. Offering Bachelor degrees in both music business and pop design, the school implements numerous projects for national and international context. You can hear the intellectual influence in the town’s clubs and bars. Continuing with the avant-garde, the National Theater offers ballet and opera – often with a twist.

Mannheim also surprises with a great diversity of sights and experiences. Beautiful art nouveau complexes sit side-by-side impressive baroque buildings, bustling squares, green spaces, churches and palaces. See the second-largest baroque palace in all of Europe, the Mannheim Palace. What was once the former home of the rulers of the Palatinate, today the ornate building houses the local university. The Wasserturm, or “water tower,” is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The tower is 60 meters high with a diameter of 19 meters and once supplied the city with a constant water supply.

The modern station is just minutes from the city center (naturally) and connects you Cologne in 90 minutes, Berlin in five hours and even Paris in just three hours. When you’ve seen all that Mannheim has to offers, hop in a rental car and drive part of the 620-mile long Burgenstrasse, or Castle Road, which extends all the way to Prague.

Come to Mannheim, then make like the Benz’s and take off for a ride into the Rhineland sunset

Mannheim station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Mannheim.

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    "The train was easy to access both at Mannheim and Paris Points of entry. The smooth ride and friendly staff made it a very enjoyable experience. We would without a doubt travel by this mode again. "

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    "Straightforward trip. Second time for me this year. "

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    "The trip was really comfort for family, and it arrived time to allow us to transit the domestic train at Germany. I would recommend others taking the rail Europe train. "

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    "We had a great trip on the train. Fast and quiet, I wish our trains in Canada were half of what you have. "

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    "Again and excellent trip on this fast train. Worth the trip just to say we were at 330 km/hour. "

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    "I enjoyed traveling via train and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see Europe. "

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    Trip PAris to Germany |
    "excellent experience. The only minor challenge that I have was figuring out the gate. I come from America and was not used to find a gate on the screen in the last 10 min before departure. Overall, well run train "

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    "We have used Rail Europe on a number of occasions, most recently a day trip from Paris to Mannheim. Every aspect of the trip from booking it to arriving back right on schedule, went perfectly. This is our preferred way to travel within Europe. "

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    "A very smooth and comfortable journey, with superb service, as I travelled in 1st class. The snacks and drinks was indeed good quality, and the train was exactly on time. I will most defintely use this service again. "

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