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Situated between the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, near their confluence, Mannheim has an energetic cultural scene and decent shopping in its busy city centre, along with a landmark palace, the Barockschloss Mannheim.

The city's surrounding factories and heavy industry plants (automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, engineering, agricultural and construction machinery) mean this isn't Germany at its prettiest, but they are a reminder of the drivers of the German economy.

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 automobile to combine an internal combustion engine and integrated chassis in 1885; the three-wheeled vehicle was patented in 1886.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Mannheim.