Mannheim and Surroundings

Mannheim is a multicultural city in the northern corner of the state of Baden-Württemberg and is about 70 km south of Frankfurt. With a population of 320,000, it has a city center small enough to be explored by foot, but also big enough to offer a vibrant urban life with lots of cafés, cinemas, cultural events and museums. The university campus has a very central location and is within walking distance of the city centre.

Thanks to Mannheim’s central location and direct connection to Germany's extensive public transportation system, a variety of charming German towns are easily within reach. Even France and Switzerland are only a relatively short journey away!



Mannheim’s History
Mannheim celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2007. The city owes its existence to the palace. In 1720, Elector Karl Philip of Heidelberg moved his residence to Mannheim- however, the palace was not completed until 1760, under the reign of Karl Theodor.
In the 18th century, Mannheim developed into one of Europe’s cultural and intellectual centers. During this time, Mozart concerts and world premieres of Schiller’s plays were held in the National Theatre. Mannheim’s academic roots also lead back to this time. However, Mannheim’s time of prosperity ended abruptly in 1778 when Karl Theodor moved his residence to Munich. Only in the middle of the 19th century did Mannheim recover and became a prosperous industrial town. Today, Mannheim continues to be one of the leading trade and industrial cities in southwest Germany.



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