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Mannheim as a destination

los angeles
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Mannheim as a destination

My wife and I are "youthful seniors" which means that we are fit, active, open minded..... We've spent perhaps 150 days in Europe on maybe 18 trips over the past 20 years, mostly in France and most of those involving a few days of business. We avoid tourist traps and prefer to mix with the locals, enjoying food and drink and the under the radar sights. I'm a musician (harmonica) and we seek out bars and clubs where I have often played as a guest with the bands.

My wife will be in Mannheim for four days (via Frankfurt) in about a month and we have yet to decide if I will join her.

So, I'd like to know if there is enough in and around Mannheim to keep us busy for about a week after her meetings end. We generally don't like day trips and don't like to move around where we might switch hotels after a day or two.

I welcome your suggestions.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Mannheim as a destination

I would not hang out in Mannheim for a vacation week. You don't like day trips from Mannheim? You don't like to switch hotels after a few days?

Could you specify what you actually like to visit? Food, drink and music are available everywhere. There is plenty to see not too far from Mannheim, but I would chose a different city for a hub. Also, in which month will you be there?

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2. Re: Mannheim as a destination


Mannheim is definitely not a tourist trap. I guess you need ways more tourists for this ;-)

Music wise Mannheim has quite some history. From Mozart to the Pop Akademie.


Mannheim has a few nice museums and a big Baroque Palace.



well known places near Mannheim

Heidelberg (by train 20 min)


Speyer (30 min)


- Technik Museum Speyer


- Historical Museum of the Palatinate (the most important museum in the area)



lesser known places

Ladenburg (11/19 min)


Weinheim (by train 30 min/ tram 45 min)


Schwetzingen Palace (11 min)


Neckarsteinach (38 min)


los angeles
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3. Re: Mannheim as a destination

Thank you. It seems that Mannheim may not have enough to offer us for more than a day or two. Maybe we can meet in Frankfurt and base ourselves there. A typical day would start with some sort of workout, a brisk walk, yoga, weight lifting, probably around 11 AM followed after which we would shower and head out for lunch somewhere highly recommended. We're more likely to have salads or veggie dishes with seafood or meats and of course a bottle of wine. We would then bounce around various shops and maybe even see a movie (either in English or subtitled). Dinner at about 8PM anywhere from nice to funky...more wine of course and then on to live music...jazz, jazz vocals, blues, maybe some rock. If it's decent we're out til late, not getting to bet til 2 AM or later. Often I'm invited to play a tune or two or more with the bands. Some days we'll walk many kilometers. We like to shop at the local markets for food and drink and picnic or eat in the hotel room. Then we get up the next day and do it all over again in a different part of town.

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4. Re: Mannheim as a destination

If your wife is for 4 days in Mannheim I would not pick a different hub. At max. Heidelberg but not Frankfurt which is too far away.

VRN rail network map


You can reach all places I mentioned on VRN tickets.



Mannheim is in the Upper Rhine Plain (Frankfurt by the way also). Heidelberg and Weinheim are at the edge of the Upper Rhine Plain to the Odenwald. Here you have more scenic walking options. Also along the river Neckar (which has the additional advantage that the train stations there are frequently connected to Heidelberg and Mannheim by S-Bahn trains). E.g. the already mentioned Neckarsteinach.

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5. Re: Mannheim as a destination

I know Mannheim primarily as a place to live and work, rather than to have..."fun".

If you are here by 11 November, there is a Jazz festival just across the river and in Mannheim.


As Mannheim is a great hub for many major train lines including the ICE, you can get to many places very easily. e.g. Stuttgart is only about 30 minutes by ICE and from there you can even visit the Mercedes Benz Museum, among others.

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