Five blocks northeast of the Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichsplatz is an oasis of manicured lawns, lovely flower beds and art-nouveau fountains. Its centrepiece is the 60m-high Wasserturm (Water Tower), a bit of 19th-century civil architecture that has become one of the city’s symbols. An elegant ensemble of red sandstone edifices, many with arcades, lines the perimeter.

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Nearby Mannheim attractions

1. Kunsthalle Museum

0.11 MILES

Mannheim's premier gallery is a vast repository of modern and contemporary art by masters such as Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Kandinsky and Rodin. The…

2. Barockschloss Mannheim

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Mannheim’s most famous sight is the yellow and red sandstone Schloss, Germany’s largest baroque palace. Now occupied by the University of Mannheim, the…

3. Schlosskirche

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Across the main courtyard of the Barockschloss Mannheim stands the baroque Schlosskirche, built from 1720 to 1731 and rebuilt after the war. Mozart…

4. Jesuitenkirche

0.78 MILES

A sumptuously ornate baroque vision, glowing with gold leaf, the Jesuitenkirche was built between 1733 and 1760. When Mozart spent time in Mannheim in the…

5. Schloss Schwetzingen

8.04 MILES

The enchanting gardens of Schloss Schwetzingen, the grand baroque-style summer residence of Prince-Elector Carl Theodor (1724–1799), are wonderful for a…

6. Botanischer Garten der Universität

9.77 MILES

Established in 1593 as a medicinal garden, the University Botanical Garden – part of the university’s right-bank Neuenheimer Feld campus, 2.5km northwest…

7. Neuenheim River Bank

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The Neckar’s grassy northern bank between Theodor-Heuss-Brücke and Ernst-Walz-Brücke is a favourite student hang-out when the weather is warm.

8. Nibelungen Museum

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The Nibelungenlied is the ultimate tale of love and hate, treasure and treachery, revenge and death, with a cast including dwarves, dragons and…