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Excursion tour in Mannheim. Top architecture - monuments, castles, temples and palaces

We continue on the collection of the most important architecture monuments of Mannheim: Wasserturm, Mannheim Palace, SAP Arena, and Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen. Perhaps, all of them also define the look of Germany in general. The 3D models of landmarks, presented in our Mannheim flyover video, will help you to get a grasp on the true architectural and historical heritage of this place. We hope that photographs and historical facts will give you a better impression on each of these monuments. This information is also useful when making up your own excursion tour through Mannheim.

Wasserturm, Mannheim

» The water tower built in 1889 is one of the landmarks of the city.
»  The high-rise is 60 meters tall. The base is 19 m in circumference. The construction was designed to collect potable water. The structure could hold up to 2000 m³ of liquid. The building was last renovated almost a hundred years after it was built.
»  Although the construction is intended for practical use, it is also considered to be of architectural value. The building combines the features of baroque and antiquity.
»  The reservoir is decorated with sculptures of sea maidens, while the dome is crowned with a sandstone statue of the Queen of the Ocean. In the evening, both the water construction and the fountain are illuminated with different colors.
»  There’s a semicircular green area arranged around the tower. The pond before the building has various figures of mythological creatures – centaurs, newts, nymphs. In summer, roses bloom in the garden. There are benches and a fountain in the park.
»  It’s a place where locals like spending time and local festivities and Christmas fairs are held.
»  The tower has a museum dedicated to its history.

Mannheim Palace, Mannheim

» The castle was built for state officials in the 18th century (1720-1760). The ruling princes liked staying in the winter residence. In summer, the prince-electors preferred to spend leisure time in another place.
»  The area of ​​the palace is really huge: it takes up 6 hectares of land. The building is 450 meters long. It has 500 ceremonial halls. All of them are filled with paintings, sculptures, and woven carpets.
»  Several eminent architects worked on the design of the construction.
»  To offset the financial costs, the authorities introduced a new tax.
»  The mansion belongs to the University of Mannheim and is part of it. The palace has a library room, its own museum, lecture rooms, and offices. There are a church and a court in one of the outbuildings.
»  The Mannheim Palace is built in a Baroque style. It is located by the river. The construction is considered to have been the largest palace of this type in 18th-century Europe.
»  During the Second World War bombing, the castle was almost completely destroyed.
»  It took five years to restore the building and recreate its original look.

SAP Arena, Mannheim

» The sports arena is named after its sponsor SAP. Its headquarters are located in the region. The modern building was erected in 2005.
»  The stadium can hold 15,000 fans.
»  The arena primarily hosts ice hockey matches and handball competitions.
»  Major cultural and entertainment events can be held here if agreed with the administration. Thanks to the engineering design, the ice rink can quickly turn into a concert hall. Boxing fights are also held here.
»  The SAP Arena is the home arena of the Adler Mannheim ice hockey team and the Rhein-Neckar Löwen handball club.
»  Here Wladimir Klitschko became a heavyweight boxing champion three times.
»  World-renowned stars such as David Copperfield and Elton John also came to the stadium with their shows.
»  2010 was remarkable because of the ice hockey games held here.
»  The complex is unique in its architecture and unusual design. The construction is made of aluminum and glass. Besides the sports arena itself, there’s also a hotel with a hall for conferences, exhibitions, and meetings. The infrastructure of the complex is aimed at a large flow of visitors.

Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim

» The museum is dedicated to archaeological features, cultural identity, theater, music, and fine-art photography of different countries.
»  The area of the exhibition complex is 11,300 square meters.
»  The collection includes over 1.2 million objects.
»  The gallery hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
»  It is one of the largest museum complexes in Mannheim. The architectural ensemble consists of four houses intended for exhibits.
»  A photo exhibition is located on the fourth level of the building. The photo illustrations present here date from the 19th century to the present.
»  Historical finds dating back to the Roman Empire and medieval Germany and the art of Ancient Egypt will give you an idea of how people of a bygone era used to live.
»  A separate area is dedicated to the history of music and creation of string instruments.
»  The industrialist Carl Reiss bequeathed his fortune so that after his death the local municipality would use it to create the museum. The museum was named after him. The Reiss Fund sponsors the development of the Reiss Engelhorn Museum.
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