Modern Mannheim is the second biggest city in Baden-Württemberg and one of the hotspots of immigration. Because of that you'll encounter a lively and colorful mixture of nationalities and cultures in the city.
phone: +49 621 2938700address: Willy-Brandt-Platz 5
By planeTransport from Frankfurt airport (FRA), to Mannheim or neighbouring Ludwigshafen, is by ICE high speed train (30 minutes, €25) with Lufthansa Express Rail.
Mannheim also has a small local airport, the
Mannheim City AirportThis airport is connected to Berlin Tegel and Hamburg up to twice a day (weekdays) by Rhein-Neckar-Air with small Turboprops, but their fares are pretty high. In the summer there are even flights to Sylt.
By trainMannheim is a regional transport hub with ICE, IC and regional trains all stopping in . There are direct connections to and from many major German Cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne, international destinations are Basel, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Paris and Marseille (via Strasbourg and Lyon). There are three CityNightline (CNL) trains crossing Mannheim, connecting it to Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Milano and Prague overnight. However, arrival and departure times for night trains can be in the middle of the night as Mannheim lies along the line and not on either terminus and onward connections can be scarce or nonexistent.
By busMannheim is served by Eurolines (Deutsche Touring) with overnight long distance services to destinations in France, UK and other neighboring countries. The (ZOB) is at Heinrich-von-Stephan-Str, near the Main Station (Hauptbahnhof).
In the domestic business, Mannheim is served by - among others - Flixbus and Dein Bus
The public transportation system is quite extensive. Bus routes cover Mannheim, and the tram system connects Mannheim to Ludwigshafen across the river, Heidelberg a few minutes away, and Weinheim, in addition to major routes across and through the city. Local/Regional Trains of the S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar connect Mannheim and the surrounding cities and countryside. Unfortunately as of 2018, the automatic ticket machines only accept coins, not notes or cards.
- Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar (Rhine-Neckar Transport) - Public transportation network
- S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar - Local/Regional trains
Water toweraddress: FriedrichsplatzOne of the most famous icons of the Jugendstil (Arte-Nouveau style) in Germany, the water tower (and small park surrounding it) is a great place to sit in the summer for a picnic or just a little rest. The park is surrounded by the Rosengarten, a conference hall of reddish brick, and the colors on a sunny day are amazing.
phone: +49 6221 658880address: BismarckstraßePart of the University of Mannheim; Mozart used to give concerts here.
ParadeplatzA small park, surrounded by shops, restaurants and everything you can imagine.
KonkordienkircheWith about 92 meters the tower of the church is the highest one in Mannheim.
phone: +49 621 43031920address: Werderplatz 15The original Steinmeyer Organ with about 8000 pipes is one of the biggest within Germany and was built in 1911.
phone: +49 621 410050address: Theodor-Heuss-Anlage 2The attractions include a greenhouse, "gondoletta" boats, and a variety of facilities for children.
phone: +49 621 410050address: Max-Joseph-Straße 64Main attractions are a little zoo, a rose exhibition and the park lake.
phone: +49 621 293 31 50address: Museum Weltkulturen D5, 68159 MannheimAt D5 and C5 (see above for explanation of downtown addresses), the REM houses a permanent exhibiton world cultures along with an exhibition hall whose contents range from photography to astronomy.
Technoseum (Museum of Technology)phone: +49 621 42989address: Museumsstraße 1The Technomuseum displays various tools and machines from different times.
phone: +49 621 2936452address: Friedrichsplatz 4
Zeitgeschichtliches Museum MannheimHistory museum in a former bunker.
phone: +49 621 16800address: Mozartstraße 9One of the most important theatres in Germany. "The Robbers" of Schiller had its world premiere here. Has a different show almost every night (for some shows, like ballets or opera, the language barrier is not an issue).
phone: +49 180 5 625466address: P4 13Includes showings of films in original English
phone: +49 621 18190204address: An der Arena 1Ice hockey, Handball and music concerts.
phone: +49 621 41060address: Rosengartenplatz 2Music concerts and conferences.
phone: +49 621 3367333address: Waldhofstr. 2Concerts, Musicals and Comedy.
address: Xaver-Fuhr-Str. 101Largest regional consumer exhibition of Germany, for eleven days in April/May. There are also many other events on the site over the rest of the year.
- Spaghettieis was invented in Mannheim in 1969. Vanilla ice cream is pressed through a spaetzle press, creating the spaghetti-like shape, over which comes strawberry sauce as tomato sauce and grated white chocolate as grated cheese.
- Mannheim is known for its many pretzel stands. Little pretzel baguettes with mozzarella and tomato are quite yum.
- The Döner is a kind of Turkish kebab found throughout Germany and is definitely worth trying! One of the most popular Döner stalls is located right across the train station, called City Döner (see below). It is very common to have a Döner there after partying.
City Döneraddress: Willy-Brandt-Platz 5-7One of the best and most-visited Döner Shops in Mannheim, open almost 24/7.
phone: +49 175 2146888address: Friesenheimer Str. 6Small Burger Shop, makes the best Burgers in Mannheim.
phone: +49 621 7616053address: Gorxheimer Straße 9American-style diner, located near the old Army facilities of Benjamin-Franklin-Village in "Käfertal". Usually crowded; reservations suggested.
Katik Döneraddress: Kaiserring 40, 68161 MannheimAnother döner shop near train station.
Little Indiaphone: +49 621 43751426address: T2 17Very small Indian restaurant. Don't get fooled by the look from the outside. The food is delicious.
address: Rheinparkstraße 4In summer you can rent a full picnic basket there and take it to the Rhine river. Of course you can also eat inside the restaurant, but reserve a table in advance.
Heller'sVegetarian Restaurant since 1987(!). Self-Service with a huge buffet. You pay by weight. Also cakes and other deserts are available.
address: Rheinpromenade 15High class vegetarian restaurant, situated directly at the Rhine river. The building is split in two areas. In the other part there is a non-vegetarian restaurant called Rheinterrassen
RheinterrassenShares the space with 424 and is run by the same owner. In summer the big beer garden is open. Many people pass by, since this is the main Rhine promenade.
- Istanbul and Meydan, G1 (Marktplatz). Both restaurant are close together. Only Cafe Journal (good breakfast) is in between. Both are Turkish restaurants. Mannheim is famous for its big Turkish community, so these restaurants offer a variety of different and traditional Turkish dishes, not limited to Döner Kebab. Definitely a part of Mannheim's food culture. There are many more Turkish restaurants and shops in the area west of Marktplatz. Therefore some refer to the area as "Little Istanbul".
- Sunday morning buns. Get fresh buns for breakfast even on Sunday morning at G1 (Marktplatz). Backfactory and another bakery on the other side of the tram tracks are open on Sundays.
address: Jungbuschstraße 14is the favourite hangout for leftists, post-punks and alternative culture adepts. It is also here where you are likely to run into activities of the "Büro für angewandten Realismus" (office for applied realism), a group of artists that organise cultural events every now and then. Additionally, there are displays of their artwork in the pub.
Onyxphone: +49 621 1286888address: Friedrichsplatz 12is bustling with activity almost every night after normal working hours. They offer a full bar and excellent menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Typically more dressy than other hangouts.
Café Bernsteinphone: +49 621 4949159address: Seckenheimer Straße 58is a nice French style Bar/Café that offers a good selection of beers and wines. They also offer a small but fine selection of lunch/dinner. Reasonable prices. Exceptional friendly staff!
Café Odeonaddress: G7,10is a nice Bar that belongs to an alternative Cinema. Reasonable prices and relaxed people.
phone: +49 621 13382address: J7,16is a small club with reasonable prices, good music and relaxed guests between 20 and 40. Music varies from night to night. Don't miss the cocktail happy hour until 11PM
phone: +49 621 1563925address: Kaiserring 10-12is a great Irish pub that serves up Boddington's and Kilkenny on tap (a rare find), in addition to the usual suspects. The pub fare is better than most, especially the Irish breakfast, chili, and fish and chips. It's usually packed on the Weekend nights with English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and American ex pats and a few Germans (typically University students) thrown in there for local flavor. Just a hop and a skip from the main train station. Weeknds, Fall to Spring usually feature live music. Tuesday is trivia night. Be sure to say hello to John at the end of the bar.
phone: +49 621 8624341address: P6, 16 – 19Nice bar near one of Mannheim's main streets ("Planken"), also offers great Food. Weekly offers.
address: S1 15, 68161 MannheimPopular amongst student for its cheap price for its drinks (especially beer) and foods.
You might also want to have a look at a detailed local nightlife guide (in German), and a calendar and guide for all kinds of events and locations in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen.
phone: +49 621 822718address: Rheinpromenade 21
phone: +49 621 4847620address: Langlachweg 18
phone: +49 621-106027address: U1 11
phone: +49 621 833 23 200address: Waldparkstraße 30An affordable hotel with kitchen located within walking distance of the train stations in an historic building in Lindenhof.
phone: +49 621 12510address: Friedrichsring 6Quality hotel in the centre of town.
phone: +49 621 717960address: Will-Sohl-Straße 7
- Overview of mass times in all Catholic churches in Mannheim
- St. Ignatius und Franz-Xaver, Jesuitenkirche, A4, 2 (15 min from central station, direction Nordwest; bus 60 to "Mensa"). Sat: 18:30; Sun: 9:30, 10:30 (span.), 11:30, 18:00; Mon-Fri: 18:00
- Hl. Geist, Moltkestr. 14 (5-8 min from central station, direction east). Sun: 11:00, 13:00 (Croat.), 19:00; Tue, Thu: 18:00, Fri: 10:00
- St. Joseph , Bellenstr. 67 (8-10 min from central station, direction south). Sat: 18:45; Sun: 11:00; Tue, Fri: 19:00; Thu: 9:00
- Bertha Benz Memorial Route - Follow the tracks of the world's first automobile journey back in 1888 (Mannheim - Pforzheim - Mannheim)
- Ludwigshafen is right across the river.
- Heidelberg the most famous city near Mannheim and is reachable by tram/street car (40-50 minutes), regional train (15 minutes) or IC (10 minutes).
- The cathedrals at Mainz and Speyer, and the cathedral and Nibelungen bridge at Worms are all about 30 minutes away.
- The gardens at Schwetzingen are worth seeing (about 30 minutes away by regional train)
- Weinheim is a nice little town with the traditional red roofs and is reachable with the tram no. 5.
- Ladenburg is an idyllic and historical town with traditional red roofs reachable by regional train (18 mins).