Mannheim is a German city that is the second largest in the Baden-Württemberg province. This place is located near the confluence of the two rivers - Neckar and Rhine. Mannheim received the official status of the city in 1607. Approximately at that time was built its historic center in the shape of a horseshoe. In Mannheim all buildings of rectangular or square shapes are located on clearly marked geometrically correct streets with the palace in the center. The second name of the city - "squares" – has appeared from this fact.
In Mannheim is located one of the largest castles in Europe - Mannheim Castle built in XVIII century. This city is considered to be a tacit cultural capital of the Palatinate region as it has always attracted numerous famous people and art lovers. Cultural monuments and treasures of the city are stored either in a variety of galleries and museums, or are presented in historical and the older districts of Mannheim.
In Mannheim is located City Museum of Art, which features a large exhibition of paintings and sculptures; the Rice Engelhorn Museum complex, the Municipal Museum of art, and a planetarium. In this city you can also attend a variety of exhibitions, competitions and festivals organized by the Art Promoting Society.