Living in Mannheim

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.

Mannheim is one of the most sunny cities in Germany. The university sports programs, the river Rhine and the Luisenpark are beckoning you to enjoy the outdoors.


Using the tram or bike, you can go anywhere in Mannheim.


In case of sickness, you will find numerous medical facilities in Mannheim offering a wide range of medical services.

Getting around in Mannheim

  • By short-range public transportation

    You can go practically anywhere in and around Mannheim by public transport. Trams and buses are operated by the Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV). The transportation network is part of the regional Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar-GmbH (VRN).

    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.

    Further general information:

    • Children under 6 years of age travel for free.
    • If you have a monthly pass or a Job Ticket, spouses and children (up to 14 years of age) or up to 4 people can travel with you for free after 7 p.m. and on weekends.
    • A single ticket in tariff zone 2 is valid for 90 minutes, one way only.
    • The Quadrate ticket is a one way ticket.
    • If you hold a BahnCard, get a discount by selecting the “BC ticket” option.

    Fore more information on ticket prices and the transportation network please visit the website of the Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV).

  • By bicycle

    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.

    Buying/renting used bikes

    • Radsport Altig in Neckarstadt Ost offers bikes for rent and sale as well as repair services. Address: Uhlandstraße 12, 68167 Mannheim
    • Three times a year (on a Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon), the German cyclist’s association ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club) hosts a secondhand market for used bikes at Mannheim main station.
    • Zweirad Stadler in Neckarau probably has the largest selection of new bikes in the region. Address: Casterfeldstraße 40–44, 68199 Mannheim
    • The Internationale Bund in Neckarstadt West sells used bikes at affordable prices. Contact: Industriestraße 2a, 68169 Mannheim; Phone: +49 621 8447517
    • Every Thursday afternoon, you can work on your bike yourself at Basement Bikes in Jungbusch. The shop also sells used bikes. Contact: Nico Netzer, Basement Bikes, Werftstraße 29, 68159 Mannheim, Jungbusch; e-mail: nico(at);; to make an appointment, please call: +49 163 6815927
    • Radhof is a non-profit bike project organized by the Verein zur beruflichen Integration und Qualifizierung e.V. (VbI) of long-term unemployed people. They offer all kinds of bike services as well as bikes for rent and sale. Contact: Stefan Olschewski, Lange Rötterstraße 90, 68167 Mannheim; phone: +49 6221 970388; e-mail: radhof-neckarstadt
    • Velo-Garage in Mannheim Lindenhof sells, repairs and inspects bicycles. Services are offered in English and French as well. Contact: Meerfeldstraße 51, 68163 Mannheim; phone: +49 621 4296785; e-mail: info


  • Emergencies

    In case of emergency, please call the following numbers:

    • Police: 110
    • Ambulance and fire department: 112
    • Please state your emergency calmly and clearly and make sure to include the following information:
      • How many people are injured or ill?
      • What exactly happened?
      • Where is the emergency?
      • Who is calling?
      • Do not hang up right after stating your emergency but wait for possible follow-up questions.
    • Central emergency room at the University Hospital Mannheim (UMM)
      To contact the central emergency room at the UMM please call +49 621 383–4472.
    • On-call medical service
      In case of sickness or for emergencies that occur outside of the opening hours of practice-based physicians but do not require emergency hospital care, please contact the on-call medical service’s practice (Kassenärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst). It is located in building 2 of the University Hospital Mannheim (next to the emergency room), Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1–3, 68167 Mannheim. The nationwide phone number of the on-call medical service is 1116 117.

      Opening hours:
      • Weekends and holidays: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
      • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
      • Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    • The University Hospital Mannheim also has a pediatric emergency room and a pediatric on-call medical service.
    • In case of poisoning: In Baden-Württemberg, please call the poisoning emergency line Freiburg (Giftnotruf Freiburg): +49 761 19240
    • Emergency dental service on night duty: +49 621 7615647

    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.

  • Practice-based care

    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.

    The next general practitioners and/or specialistscan be found in the national phone directory, yellow pages or on the website of the kassenärztliche Vereinigung Baden-Württemberg (only available in German). We are happy to refer you to physicians who offer services in foreign languages.

  • Hospital care

    University Hospital Mannheim
    Theodor Kutzer Ufer 1–3
    68167 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 3830

    Diakoniekrankenhaus Mannheim
    Speyerer Straße 91–93
    68163 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 81020

    Bassermannstraße 1
    68165 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 4240

    Central Institute for Mental Health (ZI)
    68159 Mannheim
    Phone: +49 621 17030

Activities in and around Mannheim

  • The city of Mannheim

    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.

    Mannheim as a center of industry and commerce

  • Parks in and around Mannheim

    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.

    More inspiration can be found on the website of the Mannheim tourist information.

  • City trips

    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.

    Bad Dürkheim
    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.

    Within only three hours, the Deutsche Bahn takes you from Mannheim to Paris. Plan your trip to Paris for May or June as this is the best time to fully enjoy the city’s atmosphere, parks like the Jardin du Luxembourg, and the view for example from the Institut du Monde Arabe.

  • Sports

    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.