Much of Mannheim’s historical centre was destroyed in World War II, but some of its remaining churches are worth a visit. The Konkordienkirche has a 92-meter tower that can be climbed for views over the whole city. The Christuskirche houses an original Steinmeyer Organ with 8000 pipes – one of the biggest in Germany.
The paid-admission city park Luisenpark is worth a visit for its many gardens and amusements. Ride a gondoletta – boat pulled by underwater rope – on a mile-long loop around the park’s lake, the Kutserweiher. Take in a concert, opera, or play in the 1000-seat open-air amphitheatre. Relax in the huge Chinese garden and teahouse and take in the exotic plants and animals in the greenhouse, aviary, aquarium, and butterfly house. For a thrill, visit the 205-meter high telecommunication tower and enjoy a meal in its revolving restaurant.
The Mannheim Palace is one of the largest baroque palaces in Europe and one of the city’s main landmarks. It was built in the 18th century to be the main residence of the Prince-Electors of the Electoral Palatinate of the Rhine. After the Electoral Palatinate was disbanded, the palace gradually fell into disuse until it eventually found use as the foundation of the University of Mannheim. The lovely palace was reconstructed after it suffered heavy damage during World War II, and is home to exquisite sculptures, artwork, and architectural details.
The Mannheim National Theater has a varied repertoire with different shows almost every night, including ballet and opera performances. It’s one of Germany’s leading theatres and was founded in 1779, making it one of the oldest.
The Mannheim Water Tower is one of the most famous icons of the Arte-Nouveau style in Germany and remains a symbol of the city. Set amid a lovingly maintained park and surrounded by red-brick conference hall, the Water Tower is a pleasant place to observe the city or take a picnic.