Mannheim is the exciting city of experiences at the heart of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. There’s always something going on here. Pure zest for life, enjoyment, a multicultural flair and a jam-packed event calendar await travellers. Known as the city of squares, Mannheim impresses with a host architectural treasures: the baroque palace, historic water tower and an Art Nouveau square.
People from more than 170 nations shape the atmosphere of this university city. The city of culture and festivals attracts everyone from theatre lovers to techno fans, jazz connoisseurs or cinema buffs. While the Reiss-Engelhorn museum complex and Kunsthalle art gallery whisk visitors away into worlds of experiences ranging from the early days of human history to contemporary art, the murals by graffiti artists form an open air gallery for international street art. The green city on the banks of two rivers combines urbanity with recreational activities in almost entirely untouched natural settings.
A highlight for Mannheim in 2023 is the Federal Garden Show “BUGA” (April 14th to October 08th 2023) a large laboratory of the future of urban development that goes far beyond a mere exhibition of plants and flowers.
An excellent infrastructure with long-distance transport connections, some 9,000 hotel beds, trendy scene districts and Michelin star-awarded cuisine, event locations, a congress centre and more than 2,000 retail businesses make Mannheim a top destination for short breaks, a longer holiday or business trips.
Tourismus Stadt Mannheim GmbH is responsible for marketing the city as a tourist destination. and develops offers and experience packages for guests and tour operators. It supports visitors to Mannheim with a full range of services, from arranging city tours to sales of boat trips, books, souvenirs and vouchers as well as recommending hotel accommodations.
For more information, see https://www.visit-mannheim.de/en.
Activities & tours
Mannheim Water Tower
Whatever else you see and do in the city, no visit to Mannheim is complete without a picture of our most famous landmark. Located on the elegant Friedrichsplatz, the largest contiguous art nouveau complex in Germany, the water tower "Wasserturm" sits in dignified splendour at the top of the "Planken" shopping district. Take a moment to marvel at the brightly lit fountains at the foot of the tower at dusk and you can't help but feel affection for the City of Squares.
Mannheim Baroque Palace
Six wings, hundreds of windows and probably the most beautiful university in Germany: this is the Mannheim Baroque Palace right in the middle of Mannheim. Even if it is "only" the second largest baroque palace in Europe after Versailles it remains the one with the most windows - exactly one more than its French neighbour. Today, the palace museum transports you back to past centuries. Where once royalty danced and Mozart himself played the piano, history is now made tangible.
There is plenty to discover 365 days a year in Mannheim's Luisenpark, the big sister of the Herzogenriedpark and a green oasis in the heart of the city. Here, Mannheim residents and visitors alike meet for a picnic, to pilot a Gondoletta or admire penguins, flamingos and the park's many storks.
In 2023, Luisenpark will be part of the Federal Garden Show (BUGA). BUGA 23 is a lot more than just a flower show: It will improve the sustainable quality of life and lifestyle in Mannheim.
The Kunsthalle Mannheim continues its 100-year-history in a spectacular new building which creates new perspectives with its open and light-flooded architecture. The centerpiece remains the internationally important collection. Kunsthalle Mannheim accomodates the worldwide biggest collection of artwork by artist Anselm Kiefer. With further major artworks and an outstanding sculpture collection, the Kunsthalle Mannheim is the leading light of the German museum world.
Open Street Art Museum: STADT.WAND.KUNST
Mannheim is a city that keeps pace with the times – liberal-minded, creative, and so innovative that it brings art to its streets. The STADT.WAND.KUNST (City.Wall.Art) initiative by Alte Feuerwache Mannheim adds even more variety and colour to the already vibrant city of Mannheim and embellishes the public space in the most unusual locations. 38 murals are currently on display – among them Germany's largest one.