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Introducing Mannheim

Situated between the Rhine and Neckar Rivers near their confluence, industrial Mannheim isn’t Germany at its prettiest, but it compensates with a big-city sense of fun, an energetic cultural scene and decent shopping.

Two important transportation firsts took place in Mannheim: Karl Drais created the world’s first bicycle in 1817, and Karl Benz built the world’s first production motorcar in 1885.