Augustaanlage 29, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, 68165, Germany
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Suggest some weekend plans.I'll stay at Mannheim for 5 weeks

by alisha_sh


I am traveling to Mannheim and first time to Europe. I'll be in Germany for 5 weeks. Please suggest some good destinations and some information about connectivity. I would like to visit Paris and Rome too. It would be great if you can help me in planning my 4 weekends in Germany?

Re: Suggest some weekend plans.I'll stay at Mannheim for 5 weeks


German railway: www.bahn.de (with English version).
Have fun!

Re: Suggest some weekend plans.I'll stay at Mannheim for 5 weeks

by abalada

Paris is connected by ICE trains with Mannheim. Only 3,5 hrs.
For a weekend trip to Rome you have to fly.

Both are however not the ideal weekend trip, a long weekend would be more suitable.

You should at least explore some sights you can reach on VRN tickets from Mannheim.

Heidelberg of course
Speyer (cathedral, technical museum)
Würzburg (the residence)

Also interesting: Ladenburg (old town), Schwetzingen (palace), Neckar Valley (castles), Sinsheim (the main branch of the technical musuem).
There are lot's of intesting places in the VRN area
Wissembourg (France)
Bad Wimpfen

There are 24 hour tickets which are for the whole VRN network EUR 13,00. For 4-5 zones (Heidelberg, Speyer) EUR 8,50. There is a special weekend rule: if you buy this ticket on a Saturday it is valid till the first weekday 3am.

Re: Suggest some weekend plans.I'll stay at Mannheim for 5 weeks

by christine.j

In addition to abalada's post:
If you go from Mannheim to Heidelberg via Weinheim, you'll need a VRN network day pass for 13 Euro. If you go there directly,a 5 zone day pass will be sufficient. Often people not fluent in German get this mixed up and have to pay a fine of 40 Euro.

Re: Suggest some weekend plans.I'll stay at Mannheim for 5 weeks

by abalada

There are S-Bahn trains and regional trains from Mannheim to Heidelberg which need 10-15 minutes.

Than there is the tram line 5R. Which makes a round trip Mannheim - Weinheim - Heidelberg - Mannheim, i.e. there are clockwise and anti-clockwise trams. The direct 5R trams (anti-clockwise) need 45 minutes. The ones via Weinheim need 1,5 hrs.
Thus the fine is with EUR 1 per minute stupid detour just fair ;-)

By the way - Weinheim itself is also worth a visit.

Travel Tips for Mannheim

The pacifier tree

by christine.j

In Luisenpark there is a tree which looks a bit like an early Christmas tree or a late Easter tree. Very colourful, but when you have a closer look you can see that there are lots of pacifiers hanging on it. When small children ( or their parents) are ready to give up on their pacifiers, they can go to the tree and hang it up there.
I don't know how many want to come back later and take it off again, though.

The tree is next to the entrance of the boat rides in Luisenpark.


by Leipzig

Speyer, with its 50,000 inhabitants, is an old Roman town close to Mannheim. It was made a free imperial city in 1294, and a number of imperial conferences met here. At the Conference of Speyer in 1529 the followers of Martin Luther presented their protest. The city passed to Bavaria in 1815 and became part of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate after World War II. The chief feature of Speyer is a Romanesque Cathedral.

Church of St. Ignatius & St. Francis - Interior

by aliante1981

Unfortunately, the church was very heavily damaged in World War II. Which led to many valuable parts of the interior being completely destroyed. Among these were the original wall-paintings by Egid Quirin Asam (the builder & sculptor - with is brother - of the St. Nepomuk Asamkirche in Munich).

However, not everything went lost. Among some amazing surviving sights is Saler’s (he was a silversmith from Augsburg) altarpiece dating back to the year 1747 and called ‘Silver Madonna in Radiant Glory’. The 20 meter high and 243 ton altar designed by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt, is presently under reconstruction. The angels above the altar of the cross as well as several other objects have already been newly reconstructed.

Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche)

by Leipzig

The huge Jesuit Church was completed in 1760. It is the most important Baroque church in south-west Germany. Once Mozart praised its atmosphere and outstanding acoustics. Heavily damaged in World War II, many valuable parts of the interior were completely destroyed.

Mannheim - a nice place to live in

by christine.j

"Winter in Mannheim 2009"

Finally, a real winter again! Snow which stays white and doesn't turn into dirty mud right away and even blocks of ice on the Neckar. Together with many others we walked down to the river to watch the ice floating by.

The woods near Mannheim are great for walking.

As far as touristy cities go, Mannheim has always been in the shadow of Heidelberg. It's even difficult to find some Mannheim souvenirs, for those visitors who'd like some. But it's a nice place to live in. I've lived here in the Mannheim area for the last 25 years.There are good shopping opportunities, a large variety of schools to choose from - though this is not of any interests to visitors - and also a lot of nature, more than people think when they are driving through the city.


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