Like many old German cities, Mannheimis a paradise for sightseers who love to tour and take photographs. One of the most popular landmarks is the Art Nouveau-style der Wasserturm,located in a serene park adjacent to the picturesque Rosengarten building. When the sun hits this entire area, the resulting colours and textures create a tableau that absolutely begs to be captured with a camera. If you enjoy city strolls, you must visit the Paradeplatz, which is a car-free zone with a park and many eateries, cafés and shops. Mannheimalso boasts several lovely family parks includingLuisenpark and Herzogenriedpark.
Ifyou enjoy old religious sites, you will love Konkordienkirche, which is distinguished as having the highest church tower in the city, and Christuskirche, with its astounding 8,000-pipe Steinmeyer organ. Mannheimis home to the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum, which houses a fascinating world culture exhibit and wide-ranging rotating art and science exhibits. Art lovers may want to visit the Kunsthalle or take the streetcar right up to the Nationaltheater to catch an opera or ballet almost any night of the week.
When To Go
Mannheim has very tolerable weather most of the time, so you will enjoy your holiday regardless of the season. Mannheimis one of the warmer German cities, with summer highs that can reach 30°C (86°F). June through August are the hottest months, while December through February can bring lows of 0°C to -1°C (30-32°F), although below-freezing days are not common. Snow is uncommon as well, but it does rain throughout the year. The peak rainy months are June and July, when there are frequent storms in the afternoons. On average, Mannheimhas between 40 and 50 rain days per year. The driest time of year is January through April.
- Summer highs up to 30°C (86°F), while winter lows are 0°C to -1°C (30-32°F)
- Rains more in the fall, and summer is driest time of year
- Warmer area of Germany, with snow rare
Mannheim has a small airport that offers limited flights to and from Hamburg, Berlin and Saarbrücken, but you will likely land at the Frankfurt Airport if you are travelling by air. You can take the 30-minute ICE rail shuttle from the airport to Mannheim for only €25 or the airport shuttle bus for €35. Alternatively, you can use high-speed rails to travel to Mannheimfrom any major city in Germany, as this town is a regional hub for several carriers. There are international bus lines that travel from many parts of Europe to Mannheim as well. Once you arrive, you will be able to get around quite easily using the local streetcar system that connectsMannheim to other cities across the Rhine and Neckar rivers.
Frankfurt Airport is the nearest major airport
High-speed trains and buses available
Extensive public transit via street cars in town
Stuttgart aside, Mannheim is the most important city in Baden-Württemberg. The state in southwest Germany, east of the Upper Rhine, is one of the most beautiful in the country, from the famous Black Forest to the source of the Danube river. Though Mannheim has less than 350,000 people, the metro area of the city sports well over 2 million inhabitants. As such, Mannheim has a dynamic cityscape with many superb points of interest.
From the Wasserturm water tower, the de facto symbol of Mannheim, to the grand baroque Mannheim Palace, home of the University of Mannheim, the city offers a slew of fine attractions to explore. Luisenpark consistently wins raves as one of the most scenic parks in all of Europe. The over 40 hectare space features a Chinese garden, leisure meadow, greenhouse and lake. Finally, both the Kunsthalle art gallery and Reiss-Engelhorn Museum are worth a visit in Mannheim.
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Mannheim has a continental climate, with four distinct seasons.
- Winter (December to February) -3-4°C
- Spring (March to May) 0-17°C
- Summer (June to September) 8-23°C
- Fall (October to November) 0-14°C
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