streets in spring time
When you come to Mannheim from Heidelberg or A 656, you find yourself in Augustaanlage, a main 4 laned street, which leads stright to the centre. In the middle, there are nice trees and some grass and there are some sculptures as well. People from Mannheim call it Schrottmeile (sorry, I don't know in English). I really don't know, if I like it or not. But this spring, it is so beautiful, because there are lots of spring flowers there. I go there each day by bike, so I enjoy it day for day! :-)
The Neckar River in Mannheim
The Neckar is a river that starts in the Black Forest and flows north and northeast for 367 kilometers -- through Stuttgart and Heidelberg, among other places -- before joining up with the Rhine River here in Mannheim.
Mannheim's water tower was built between 1886 and 1889 when the city decided to expand its municipal water supplies. It is 60 meters ( 200 feet ) high (from the bottom below the ground), and holds 2000 cubic meters.
An unsolved crime
In the chapel at the castle there is a crypt in which one of the princes - Charles Philip- and his last wife are buried. He is the prince who had started building the castle and who had lived there with his grand-daughters. He fell in love with their governess, but since she didn't have enough blue-blooded ancestors, he couldn't get married to her in a real ceremony. So they had a "left hand marriage", a morganatic marriage. It gave her a better status than being a mistress, but any children she might have had wouldn't have been able to reign.
As it turned out, she died shortly after the marriage and was buried in the crypt. When the prince died, he also was buried in the crypt. They were given some jewels in their coffins and to prevent a theft, a diadem was nailed onto the skull. - What a nasty job to do! -
Shortly after World War II someone broke into the crypt and took some jewels, but was disturbed. So he/she/they? couldn't pry the diadem loose from the skull. Did they just leave it there?
No, they took the whole skull!
Some of the jewels were found later, but to this day nothing is known about the diadem or the skull.
The crypt can only be visited in a guided tour, last Sundays of the month, after the service.
An encounter with Mannheim
The town of Mannheim is very historic yet commercial, very romantic - like its former Electoral Palace where at 1782 Friedrich Schiller's "Kabale und Liebe" was played - yet functional. Mannheim's Baroque Electoral Palace, built about 1720, is one of the largest palaces in Germany.
Mannheim is Baden-Wuerttemberg's second biggest city. It's located on the Rhine/Neckar river. The port of Mannheim consists the Commercial Harbor, the Industrial Harbor, the Rheinau Harbor, and the Oil Harbor.
Each block of this town is designated by letters and numbers, laid out like a chess board with no real street names. Mannheim has a wonderful Planetarium, a domed hall that is enclosed by a long motorway. Many buildings are looking designered and functional.
The Water Tower is Mannheim's emblem (built 1888). The Water Tower is surrounded with an wide open park and big fountains, an area placed oval in the city's center. It lies in front of the local Kunsthalle.
Close to Mannheim is another lovely city of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Heidelberg. It takes a 45 mns drive by car, and about 15 mns by train/IC to get to Heidelberg. Pls check out Ewingjr98's page great tips on Heidelberg are provided there.