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Culture of Mannheim. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Mannheim is a city of unique architecture and great cultural sites. During the tour through scenic streets tourists will observe the buildings of different styles and epochs. Majestic ancient buildings are located close to modern architectural landmarks. The main symbol of the scenic city is considered to be the Mannheim Palace. It is the second largest architectural complex in Europe executed in baroque style. During the World War II the ancient palace was partially destroyed. Its scale reconstruction and renovation finished only in 1961. Today a magnificent palace of the 18th century appears to city guests in all its glory and beauty. A part of the buildings of the palace is used now by a university.
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The oldest building of the city is considered to be the Town Hall. The city landmark water tower Wasserturm is located close to the Town Hall. Built in the 18th century the tower is considered today to be one of the city symbols. The height of the tower is 60m. The construction has miraculously escaped the ruination during the war period.
The most significant tourist attraction spot is the Kurpfalzstrasse. This is the main street of the city which neighborhood hosts a major part of entertaining establishments, shops and cultural sites. The Kurpfalzstrasse will be a perfect place for hiking. The street is crowded even late at night. Mannheim is home to one of the most beautiful squares in Europe – the Friedrichplatz. The center of the square is beset with the mentioned above water tower and a fantastic fountain with Art Nouveau statuary group in its heart is placed near the tower. For many years the Friedrichplatz serves as an established place for holding significant public events and city holidays. Copyright
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Among religious landmarks and sights the Jesuit Church Jesuitenkirche is worth noticing. This is another remarkable baroque architectural landmark. The construction of the church started in 1733 and lasted for almost 30 years. Hundreds of travelers come to see the church and embrace its picturesque beauty. The most visited cultural establishment of the city is the Mannheim Museum of Arts. An impressive avant-garde building of the beginning of the 20th century hosts the museum. The museum exposition includes a vast collection of paintings and sculptures and artworks of modern artists. Interesting cultural events are held in the exhibition center Reiss-Engelhorn Museum.
One of the most modern and fashionable buildings in Mannheim is the higher education institution Popakademie Baden-Württemberg, built in 2003. In addition to its main function, interesting musical concerts are often held in the halls of the institution. As for theatrical performances, there are several excellent cultural institutions in the city. You should find the information about its upcoming events if you want to spend time culturally. Thus, the best cultural institution is NTM Nationaltheater, which is also one of the oldest European theatres (it was built in 1779).
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The tourist sightseeing tour should also include a visit to the Rosengarten Congress centre, where interesting musical and theatrical performances are often held, so it is also preferable to follow the poster of its upcoming events. The centre was built in 1903 according to the project of Bruno Schmitz, who chose the fashionable art Nouveau as a style of the building, it can accommodate up to 2,300 spectators a day. Before you visit an interesting event here, you should spend some time exploring the building. The concert hall is surrounded by a small park with beautiful lanterns and fascinating fountains — a great place to cool off in the heat.
castle Mannheim Mannheim has a large number of museums worth visiting. For example, Technoseum is a place where visitors can learn how various technologies have been developed around the world over the past 200 years. And for those who prefer to test everything empirically, physical experiments are conducted. It is worth noting that the cultural institution is one of the largest museums of this kind in all of Germany. Zeitgeschichtliches Museum is dedicated to the theme of World War II, its collection includes uniforms, weapons, photographs, and documents of that time. Since the outstanding German poet Friedrich Schiller lived in the city, today the house where he lived is "Museum Schillerhaus" with the most accurately preserved furnishings.
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The tallest building in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg is Fernmeldeturm tower, which was built in 1975 and reaches a height of almost 218 meters. There is not only an observation deck with excellent views of the city and the surrounding area on the territory of the telecommunications tower but also a wonderful restaurant. Many tourists arriving in the city admire it immediately-all because even the building of the railway station (Mannheim Hauptbahnhof) is a real local attraction. Built in 1840, today it is the second-largest transport hub after Stuttgart railway station. It is also worth noting that in the city, in addition to many Catholic shrines, there is a synagogue Jüdische Gemeinde built in 1987. In 2003, a memorial was erected on its territory in honour of those killed during the Holocaust.
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Christuskirche, Mannheim

Location on the map:   Facts: » In the era of industrialization, the city became one of the country’s industrial centers which increased the population significantly. Thus, there arose a need to erect a new Protestant church. The monastery was constructed and consecrated in 1911. It took 4 years and 1.6 million marks to build it.
»  The pediment of the building is crowned with a sculpture of Jesus. The scene depicts Christ healing the sick. The words from the Gospel addressed to the afflicted are also engraved here.
»  The building has the main dome and four smaller copper ones. One bronze signal instrument weighs 5,820 kg. The current bells were cast in 1956. The old ones were melted during the Second World War to make arms.
»  Two-meter sculptures of the 12 disciples of the Son of God are installed on the tower.
»  Inside, there’s a 1.2-ton chandelier consisting of 60 bright objects. It is almost 9 meters in circumference.
»  The interior decoration of the church is entirely dedicated to the biography of the Anointed: relief images of Him next to the children, stained glass, drawings picturing the Resurrection of the Messiah, bas-reliefs with Christian preachers.
»  The inside part of the dome is decorated with patterned frescoes.

Heilig Geist Kirche, Mannheim

» The Catholic church is neo-Gothic in style. The construction lasted from 1898 to 1903.
»  The need for the church arose due to a sharp increase in population. By 1900, there were about 8,000 Catholics in the city.
»  The first service was held in an unfinished building.
»  During World War II, the church was severely damaged: the peak of the bell tower was destroyed and the windows were broken.
»  In 1953, the building was restored. However, during the renovation, decorative frescoes were removed. They were considered ugly and supposedly spoiled the appearance.
»  Soon, a parish hall was created in the church.
»  Later a defect was found in the upper part of the church made of stone. The stones were replaced with concrete molds protected by light-red plastic. The new structure didn’t last long. 171 fragments had to be removed from stucco molding, which accounted for 80% of the outside decorations.
»  The exterior walls are faced with yellowish brick slabs which highlight the architectural details of red sandstone.
»  A 68-meter belfry is built on one of the sides of the church. There are six full-toned bells of a different register on it.

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.

Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim

» The Kunsthalle Mannheim is a museum of contemporary art located in Mannheim. It was founded in 1909.
»  The museum was built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the municipality and kept for future creative exhibitions.
»  The art gallery contains paintings, pieces of graphic art, sculptures, and items of design handiwork. There’s a separate area with three-dimensional figures created by local craftsmen and architects.
»  All works are considered modern and date from the 19th-21st centuries.
»  About 1,000 statues and installations are on display in the exhibition hall. The graphics collection consists of 10,000 drawings, including watercolor sketches and metal prints.
»  The Kunsthalle Mannheim promotes various directions and schools, including the Impressionists.
»  There are works showing how global political and economic cataclysms influence the process of art creation.
»  Photo exhibitions are also popular among 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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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Mannheim
♥   Palace 'Mannheim Palace' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Schwetzingen Castle' , 13.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Heidelberg Castle' , 19.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Bruchsal Castle' , 41 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Karlsruhe Palace' , 52.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Electoral Palace' Mainz, 59.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Biebrich Palace' Wiesbaden, 63.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Mannheim and around
♥   Art museum 'Kunsthalle' Mannheim, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Kurpfälzisches Museum' Heidelberg, 19.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Mannheim
♥   Reichsabtei Lorsch, Lorsch, 19.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kaiserdom St. Martin von Tours und St. Stephan, Mainz, 58.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kloster Maulbronn, Maulbronn, 59.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika SS. Dionysius und Valentinus, Kiedrich im Rheingau, 67.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Sankt Martin, Bingen am Rhein, 67.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Abtei St. Hildegard, Rüdesheim am Rhein, 68.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika SS. Marcellinus und Petrus, Seligenstadt, 71.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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