Mannheim is a vibrant city that has a lot to offer to its inhabitants. It is not without good reason that the metropolis has been awarded the title Creative City by the UNESCO. In the following sections, you can find out more about activities and contacts especially for international scholars.
The network is made up of different tariff zones (Waben). Each zone equals one tariff. How much you have to pay for your trip depends on the number of tariff zones you travel through.
Example: For a trip from Mannheim to Heidelberg, you will cross four tariff zones. This equals tariff 4-5. Mannheim counts as a large tariff zone (Großwabe). This means that tariff 2 applies to trips within Mannheim.
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The fastest and most flexible way of getting around in the city of course is by bike. We have compiled a list of options for buying used bikes or renting a bike for you:
Renting a bike: VRNnextbike
The Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar offers bikes for rent at many stations throughout the region. The blue VRNnextbike bikes are hard to miss. After registering via app or phone you can rent and return your bike at any of these stations.
In case of emergency, please call the following numbers:
There is an emergency pharmacy service (Apothekennotdienst) available. Each day, a different pharmacy is on duty. Please use the “Notdienst” search (only available in German) to locate the next pharmacy on emergency service on the respective day.
In Germany, doctors can open up their own practice. This is the first place to go if you are in need of medical care. In case of specific medical problems, the general practitioner will refer you to a specialist. You need to bring your insurance card when consulting a doctor.
Patients with statutory health insurance can benefit from medical treatment and any necessary medical services without having to make advance payments. Billing is processed directly between the respective physician and the health insurance provider.
Patients with private health insurance, on the contrary, will have to pay the physician directly. Afterwards, they can submit the bill to their private health insurance provider and receive reimbursement for the treatment, if it is included in their coverage. Civil servants also submit the bill to the Beihilfe of the Landesamt für Besoldung und Versorgung Baden-Württemberg (LBV).
If you are in need of medical care on weekends or holidays, please contact the on-call medical service (Kassenärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst). Further information can be found in the emergencies section.
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Creative, cosmopolitan, and highly developed – Mannheim has a lot to offer its citizens and visitors. When it comes to culture, the UNESCO Creative City impresses with its numerous concerts, museums, theaters, and festivals such as the Enjoy Jazz festival and the International Film Festival. Home to over 8,000 businesses, including numerous internationally successful corporations, Mannheim is also one of the most attractive business locations in Germany, providing excellent conditions for young professionals and entrepreneurs.
In Mannheim, the two rivers Rhine and Neckar meet. That’s why you can find lots of parks, forests, and green oases along the banks of the river Rhine or the Neckar promenade.
Luisenpark – this is Mannheim’s largest and prettiest park located next to the city center on the banks of the river Neckar.
Herzogenriedpark – this park is the smaller version of the Luisenpark. It is located to the north of the river Neckar.
Heidelberg is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The ensemble of palace, old town and river nestled between the foothills of the Odenwald has been inspiring poets and artists since the German Romanticism and attracts millions of visitors from all around the world to this day.
There are many reasons to visit Schwetzingen: it is famous for its asparagus, it has a beautiful palace surrounded by stunning gardens and much more. Enter a world of architectural, culinary and cultural highlights.
The city of Speyer on the Rhine looks back on more than 2,000 years of history that is closely related to German and European history. The Celts, Roman soldiers, wars and revolutions, the Salian emperors who built the Romanesque cathedral, many religious and secular rulers, and most notably the cultural and economic achievements of Speyer’s first generations of citizens have shaped this city.
Worms on the Rhine is also called the Nibelungen city. On your stroll through the centuries, you will come across emperors and kings, myths and legends about the Nibelungen, a unique cathedral, Judaism, and Martin Luther.
Right on the edge of the Palatinate Forest and surrounded by vineyards, you can find Bad Dürkheim with its many historic and cultural sights. It is a great spot to relax and experience history, savoir-vivre, delicious wines, and lush forests.
This historic village located on the German Wine Route right in the heart of the Palatinate has evolved into a vivacious, lovely city over the years. Enclosed by the well-preserved medieval city wall lie picturesque buildings that were carefully restored and now invite visitors to leisurely stroll around. All year round, myriads of wine festivals paired with the typical hospitality and delicious cuisine of the Palatinate invite visitors to stay.
The University of Mannheim is sporty. From American football to zumba, the sports program has something to offer for almost everyone – and often for free, or at a low price. The Institute of Sports doesn’t just organize sports courses; it also runs two gyms and regularly holds events including yoga workshops or sports days.
View of Alte Feuerwache located in Neckarstadt West. Today the former fire station serves as a cultural center and venue for concerts, parties, and poetry slams.
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Mannheim is a real bike city: It was in Mannheim that Karl Freiherr von Drais invented the 'Laufmaschine' (1817), a human-powered vehicle that is regarded as the forerunner of the bicycle. Each summer numerous cycling events take place throughout the city in commemoration of the inventor of the earliest two-wheeler. / Photo credit: Stadt Mannheim
View of Friedrichsplatz surrounding the Wasserturm. In summer, the park with its nice fountains is a popular gathering place. In the background you can see the Congress Center Rosengarten. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Industrial romanticism at Mannheim Harbor.
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Carl Benz Memorial at Augustaanlage. Carl Benz had his first mechanical workshop in Mannheim, and it was here that the famous engineer invented the automobile.
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View from Schillerplatz to Mannheim Jesuit Church. In addition to regular services, the magnificent baroque church also hosts concerts such as the ABSOLVENTUM Advent Concert.
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The new building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim at Friedrichsplatz (opening in June 2018) is the largest museum that has been built in Germany for years.
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Yellow gondolettas in Luisenpark. The park has around one billion visitors a year and claims to be “one of the most beautiful parks in Europe”. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Every year in spring and autumn a fair (Mannheimer Mess) takes place on Neuer Meßplatz in the northern Neckarstadt. / Photo credit: GrossMarkt Mannheim GmbH
Every year, many events take place on the Maimarkt site in the east of Mannheim – including the Maifeld Derby Festival, the Time Warp Festival and the Maimarkt Fair. / Photo credit: Manfred Rinderspacher
View from the Neckar to the telecommunication tower in Mannheim's Oststadt. The riverbank is a popular meeting place in summer. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH / Hyp Yerlikaya
The planetarium is located in the east of Mannheim, near Luisenpark. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH / Hyp Yerlikaya
At Planken (the shopping street leading from Wasserturm up to Paradeplatz) and the Wasserturm various events take place throughout the year. In the picture you can see the Stadtfest (City Festival) that takes place every year in May. / Photo credit: Gundolf Frost
In Mannheim's district Jungbusch you'll find the Popakademie, a university of popular music and music business. Keep an eye on them: They often offer free concerts by young talents. In the background you can see the student dorm Hafenstraße. / Photo credit: Achim Mende / Stadtmarketing Mannheim
There are two rivers running through Mannheim. You can linger on the riverbanks of the Rhine and the Neckar. / Photo credit: Ben von Skyhawk / Wirtschaftsförderung Mannheim
Not only congresses and conferences take place at Rosengarten next to the Wasserturm. Many well-known artists have already performed here as well. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
A very famous building in Mannheim: The Wasserturm on Friedrichsplatz. On its left-hand side, the district Schwetzingerstadt is located. With many cultural offers and cafés Schwetzingerstadt is a popular district. / Photo credit: Achim Mende / Stadtmarketing Mannheim
The annual Christmas Market also takes place around the Wasserturm. There are even more Christmas markets in the city center. / Photo credit: Dominik Rossbach / Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
The Forest park (Waldpark) by the Rhine river stretches across the districts Lindenhof, Niederfeld and Neckarau. This protected landscape is popular with joggers, cyclists and walkers. / Photo credit: Timo Volz / Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Schiller monument on Schillerplatz. Schiller's "The Robbers" premiered in Mannheim in 1782. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
The National Theater in Mannheim's Oststadt district. / Photo credit: Christian Kleiner / Nationaltheater Mannheim