Mannheim’s most famous sight is the mustard-yellow-and-red sandstone Schloss, Germany’s largest baroque palace. Now occupied by the University of Mannheim, the 450m-long structure was built over the course of 40 years in the mid-1700s but was almost completely destroyed during WWII.

Off the main courtyard are the Schloss Museum and baroque Schlosskirche.

In the Schloss Museum, you can see the impressively rococo Kabinettsbibliothek, saved from wartime destruction thanks to having been stored off-site, and several go-for-baroque halls – each a feast of stucco, marble, porcelain and chandeliers – rebuilt after the war.

The Schlosskirche was constructed between 1720 and 1731, and was rebuilt after the war. Mozart performed here in 1777. It belongs to the Alt-Katholiken (Old Catholics), a movement that split with Rome over papal infallibility in the 1870s and is now part of the Anglican Communion.