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"My 12 year old son traveling with me to Mannheim and we will have two days for sightseeing. What do you recommend for him. He likes hiking and computer games." (posted 11/09/2014)

There are very good hiking trails in the Palatinate Forest and the Odenwald. Since I unfortunately have no personal time for our wonderful hobby of hiking them I can not give any personal sets are pictured. But the Internet at Hiking in Pfäzerwald or hiking in the Odenwald there is rich information found on attractions, maps and locations beautiful viewpoints. I hope so too can help them continue to find some nice trails for their leisure. Sincerely Kaasikas
Answer provided by Leo Kaasikas on 11/10/2014
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Walking, and computer games is indeed an unusual combination for a 12-year-old. I can hiking thing in him because once again recommend only our area with Weinheim gateway to the Odenwald. Here there are the exotic forest with all sorts of routes. In other areas there are very nice, different long walking routes. For more information please visit: http://tourismus.meinestadt.de/mannheim/markt/wandern http://wandern-im-odenwald.kruemelhuepfer.de/ In terms of computer games, I can not help him, unfortunately. But this is perhaps not so important. If the boy also like water, a day trip to Miramar might (again with us in Weinheim) recommended. There are, for example, 5 or 6 slides with different speeds, including a high-speed slide. Or maybe a hockey game in the SAP-Arena in Mannheim? I hope the information will help somewhat. Greetings from Weinheim Michael Fieger
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  • Water Tower (Wasserturm)
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    Water Tower (Wasserturm)

    Mannheim's famous landmark stands on the highest point of Friedrichsplatz square. With its magnificent fountains, this square is considered one of Europe's finest Art Nouveau architectural ensembles. In the summer, the area around the water tower is a popular meeting point for people of all ages. It's also a great place to stroll, relax, enjoy festivals, unwind and escape the stresses of everyday city life. In the winter a Christmas market surrounds the tower.
  • Mannheim Palace (Mannheimer Schloss)
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    Mannheim Palace (Mannheimer Schloss)

    Mannheim Palace is one of the largest baroque palaces in Europe. A landmark of the city, it was originally the main residence of the Prince-electors of the Electoral Palatinate. It is now primarily used by the University of Mannheim.

    In the state rooms, several hundred original objects including furniture, paintings, tapestries, china and clocks, reflect the courtly atmosphere of days gone by. A very special jewel of the Rococo age can be admired on the ground floor. It's the former Exhibition Library of Electress Elisabeth Augusta and the only room in Mannheim Palace that has been almost completely preserved in its original state. The permanent exhibition Art and Culture at the Mannheim Court, includes selected pieces from the historical collections of Elector Carl Theodor. The natural history collection and the gallery of paintings of the court library, is also presented on the ground floor.

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday and Holidays 10am - 5pm.

    Admission: With Audio guide - Adults 5 €, Concessions 2.50 €, Family Card 12.50 €. Guided tours slightly higher.

  • Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums

    Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums

    An internationally acclaimed museum complex, the Reiss Engelhorn Museums are one of the foremost museum complexes in Germany. Covering an exhibition area of around 11,500m² and approx. 1.2 million exhibits, the complex consists of the following museums: Museum of World Cultures, Armoury Museum, Schillerhaus Museum, ZEPHYR – Space for Photography, Centre of International History of Art and Culture, the Archaeometry Centre and special exhibitions on cultural history, past and present.

    Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm.

  • The Luisenpark
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    The Luisenpark

    The Luisenpark is a municipal park whose attractions include a greenhouse, a lake with gondoletta boats and a variety of facilities for children. The park contains a number of amusements and gardens, including a Chinese garden, rose garden, arboretum, and greenhouses for display and for tree ferns. Other delights include a large complex for owls (13 species), the newly created penguin enclosure, the water playground and, for art lovers, the Heinrich-Vetter path with its art objects. Towering over the Luisenpark is a 205 meters high telecommunication tower (Fernmeldeturm) with its rotating restaurant.

    Hours: Open daily 9am - 9pm; may close earlier during winter and/or bad weather.

    Entrance Fee: Adults 5 €, Concessions 3.50 €, Children ages 6-15 2.50 €, Family Card from 9 €.

  • The State Museum for Technology and Work (Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit)

    The State Museum for Technology and Work (Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit)

    The State Museum for Technology and Work is not only remarkable for its unique architectonic exterior, but also for its experimental, unconventional exhibition program and design. The visitor is led through 16 stages, structured chronologically and starting at the top of the building, which display and narrate the technological and social changes of the last two and a half centuries. In 1992 it was awarded the European Museum of the Year Prize for innovation and creativity.

    Some of the exhibits on display are working models and the visitor is given a demonstration as to how these function. Some have been reconstructed from scratch, others have been translocated in their entirety, such as a weaving mill, a paper mill and a Porsche manufacturing unit. The museum provides a unique chance to see fully functioning machines and manufacturing processes as well as quality control and safety procedures. The visitor is aided on his journey through two and a half centuries by relevant contemporary images and quotes which flesh out the historical situation.

    Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am - 5pm. Wednesday 9am - 8pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am - 6pm.

    Admission: Adults 3 €, Concessions 2 €, Children under 6 years free, Family card 6 €.

  • International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
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    International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

    Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival (German: Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg), often shortened to IFFMH, is an annual film festival held jointly by the cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg. The festival was established in 1952. In Mannheim there are six cinema centres and 19 single cinemas.

    The festival presents arthouse films of international newcomer directors. Established in 1952 originally in the city of Mannheim, it is the second oldest filmfestival in Germany (with the eldest being Berlin). Since 1994, it is held jointly by the cities Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany. The festival takes place annually around November (2011: 10–20 November).

  • Bertha Benz Memorial Route
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    Bertha Benz Memorial Route

    The Bertha Benz Memorial Route is a German tourist and theme route in Baden-Württemberg and member of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Since its opening in 2008 everybody can follow the tracks of the world's first long distance journey by automobile of the year 1888.

    The authentic route taken by Bertha Benz not only links almost forgotten original sites she passed on her way, it also leads to one of the most attractive scenic regions in Germany, the wine region Baden.

    This route of industrial heritage of mankind follows several Roman roads in the area of the Upper Rhine Plain, for example the Bergstrasse (Mountain Road), it leads along the foot of the Odenwald mountains and the Kraichgau, and shortly before reaching Karlsruhe it branches off into the Pfinz valley leading to Pforzheim, the entrance to the Black Forest.

    As Bertha was afraid of some steep mountains,[19] the return trip follows an alternative route and finally leads along the river Rhine to reach Mannheim again.

  • Kunsthalle Mannheim
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    Kunsthalle Mannheim

    The Kunsthalle Mannheim is a museum of modern and contemporary art, established in 1909 and located in Mannheim, Germany. The building designed by Hermann Billing was erected as a temporary structure to serve an "International Art Exhibition" of 1907, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the city. Originally meant to be torn down after this exhibition, the building was transformed into a municipal art gallery which since then housed the city's art collections as well as temporary exhibitions - and up to 1927 those of the local Mannheimer Kunstverein as well as its administration.

  • Technoseum
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    Technoseum

    The Technoseum (former name State Museum of Technology and Work, German: Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit) is a museum in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, with displays covering the industrialisation of the south-western regions of the country.

    The museum building was designed by the Berlin architect, Ingeborg Kuhler. Its planning and construction period lasted from 1982 to 1990.

  • Fernmeldeturm Mannheim
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    Fernmeldeturm Mannheim

    The Fernmeldeturm Mannheim is a 212.8 metre high concrete telecommunication tower with an observation deck in Mannheim, Germany. It was designed by the architects Heinle, Wischer und Partner and built from 1973 and 1975. It contains transmission facilities for UHR radio services, microwave communications, and omnidirectional radio services. A glassed observation deck and a revolving restaurant at a height of 120 metres allow a nice view over Mannheim and the surrounding area.

    In December 1994 a German SAR Army helicopter returning from a medical patient transfer mission collided with the top of the tower and fell to the ground. The crew of four people died instantly. Parts of the top of the tower were disconnected and also fell to the ground.

  • Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque
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    Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque

    The Yavuz-Sultan-Selim mosque is a religious building in Mannheim, Germany, named for Selim I. It is the biggest mosque in Germany, and attracts up to 3,000 Muslims every weekend.

    Since the mosque was opened in 1995, Muslim shops and youth centers have become a magnet for the Muslim community.

  • Jesuit Church, Mannheim
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    Jesuit Church, Mannheim

    The Mannheim Jesuit Church is a church in Mannheim, Germany.

    The church was built between 1733 in 1756 as the Court Church of the Mannheim electors Charles Philip III and Charles Theodore to a design of the Italian architect Alessandro Galli da Bibiena. It was completed in 1760 and consecrated to St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier by the Prince Bishop of Augsburg, Joseph of Hesse-Darmstadt.

    Features of the exterior are the twin towered facade of red sandstone, the statues of the four cardinal virtues, the Pheme, by Baroque sculptor Paul Egell, which adorns the 75 m-high dome.

    The marble pilastered interior is in a late Baroque-early classical style. Egid Quirin Asam from Munich was instructed to decorate the church. He decorated the dome with scenes from the life of the order's founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, while the nave had an over 400 square metre fresco whose content referred to the subject of the high altar, namely the Mission of St. Francis Xavier to India.

    On the occasion of city's 300th anniversary in 1906 the church was extensively renovated. The two statues of the founders of the Jesuit order in the lobby are by the sculptor Thomas Buscher. During the Second World War, the church suffered severe damage from British and American air attacks, especially the choir and the dome. After the war it was decided to rebuild the church in its historical style with the use of original parts in the reconstruction of the approximately 20 metres high marble altar of Peter Anton von Verschaffelt, and the electoral pews.

  • International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
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    International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

    Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival (German: Internationales Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg), often shortened to IFFMH, is an annual film festival held jointly by the cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg. The festival was established in 1952. In Mannheim there are six cinema centres and 19 single cinemas.

    The festival presents arthouse films of international newcomer directors. Established in 1952 originally in the city of Mannheim, it is the second oldest filmfestival in Germany (with the eldest being Berlin). Since 1994, it is held jointly by the cities Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany. The festival takes place annually around November (2011: 10–20 November).

  • SAP Arena
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    SAP Arena

    SAP Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Mannheim, Germany. It is primarily used for ice hockey and handball, and is the home arena of the Adler Mannheim ice hockey club and the "Rhein-Neckar-Löwen" handball club. Inaugurated in 2005, the arena has a capacity of up to 15,000 people. More than a hundred concerts and congressional events are hosted at the arena annually. The SAP Arena is one of the largest in Germany and one of the most high-tech in Europe. The arena is named after its sponsor SAP.

    A tram line (number 6) connects the SAP Arena to Mannheim city center and a newly built road connection to the B 38a highway connects it to the A 656 Autobahn, leading to the A656/A 6 interchange, connecting eastbound Mannheim to Heidelberg (A656), and north/southbound to Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart (A6), as well as a little north on the A6 to Kaiserlautern (westbound).

  • Marburger Schloss
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    Marburger Schloss

    Marburger Schloss (Marburg castle), a.k.a. Landgrafenschloss Marburg, is a castle in Marburg, Hesse, Germany, located on top of Schlossberg (287 m NAP). Built in the 11th century as a fort, it became the first residence of Landgraviate of Hesse (HRE). Marburg Colloquy had been held here in 1529.

    The building is today used partly as a museum (Marburger Universitätsmuseum für Kulturgeschichte, Wilhelmsbau, since 1981)[1] and as an event site.

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Mannheim Overview

With 327,318 inhabitants Mannheim is the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg after the capital Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide). Mannheim is situated at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Neckar, in the northwestern corner of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The Rhine separates Mannheim from the adjacent Rhineland-Palatinate city of Ludwigshafen (Ludwigshafen vacation rentals | Ludwigshafen travel guide). The Hessian border is north of the city. Mannheim is the largest city of the Rhine Neckar Area, a metropolitan area with 2.4 million inhabitants.

Mannheim is unusual among German cities in that its central area is laid out in a grid pattern (called Quadrate, squares), much like many North American cities. The main route through the squares leads to an enormous 18th-century palace. This former seat of the Electors of the Palatinate now houses the University of Mannheim.

Mannheim's city symbol is der Wasserturm (the water-tower), located in the east of the city centre. Mannheim is the start and finish of Bertha Benz Memorial Route.

Things to See

  • Fernmeldeturm Mannheim
  • Luisenpark - named one of the most beautiful parks of Europe
  • Mannheim Palace (Mannheimer Schloss) - the city castle and main building of the University of Mannheim
  • Wasserturm - the town's landmark
  • SAP Arena - multifunctional Stadium, home of the Mannheim Ice-hockey Team "Die Adler", which means "The Eagles."
  • Breite Strasse, Kunststrasse and Kapuzinerplanken - Mannheims main shopping destination
  • International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
  • Wildpark and Waldvogelpark am Karlstern

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More about the History of Mannheim

"Mannenheim" (Home of Manno) is first mentioned in connection with a legal transaction in 766, in the "Codex Laureshamensis" from Lorsch (Lorsch vacation rentals | Lorsch travel guide) Abbey. It remained a village until Frederick IV, Elector Palatine initiated building the fortress Friedrichsburg and the adjacent grid-like city core in 1606. On 24 January 1607 he gave Mannheim city privileges.

The city was destroyed subsequently in the Thirty Years' War in 1622 by Tilly's troops, and in the Nine Years War for the Palatinate succession in 1689 by the French.

After the rebuilding since 1698, the capital of the Electoral Palatinate was transferred from Heidelberg (Heidelberg vacation rentals | Heidelberg travel guide) to Mannheim in 1720. It was then that Karl III Philip, Elector Palatine began construction of the Mannheim Palace and the Jesuit Church. They were completed in 1760.

In the 18th century, Mannheim was home to the so-called Mannheim School of classical composers. It was reputed to have one of the best court orchestras in Europe under the leadership of Carlo Grua. The court left Mannheim in 1778 and two decades later, Mannheim was transferred to the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1802.

In 1819 Norwich Duff made the following observations:

Mannheim is in the Duchy of Baden and situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar over both of which there is a bridge of boats. This is the third town of this name having been twice burnt. The houses are large, and the streets broad and at right angles to each other, and is one of the most airy clean towns I have seen in Germany. It was formerly fortified but the fortifications were rased in 1806 and gardens fill their places. There is a large Chateau here belonging to the Grand Duke and a very good garden; part of the Chateau was destroyed when the town was bombarded and has never since been repaired, the other part is occupied by the Grand Duchess widow of the late Grand Duke who was succeeded by his Uncle having left only three daughters. She is the sister of Eugene Beauharnais [so presumably she was born Hortense de Beauharnais daughter by her former marriage of Napoleon Buonaparte's Empress Josephine]. There is a Cathedral, a Theatre which is considered good, an observatory, a gallery of pictures at the Chateau and some private collections. About 2 km (1 mile) below the town the Russian Army crossed the Rhine in 1813. Population 18 300.

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With 327,318 inhabitants Mannheim is the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg after the capital Stuttgart. Mannheim is situated at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Neckar, in the northwestern corner of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The Rhine separates Mannheim from the adjacent Rhineland-Palatinate city of Ludwigshafen. The Hessian border is north of the city. Mannheim is the largest city of the Rhine Neckar Area, a metropolitan area with 2.4 million inhabitants.

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