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- This article is about the German city. For the town in the United States, see Manheim, New York, for the Hungarian sociologist see Karl Mannheim
Mannheim is situated in the delta of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, in the northwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg. To the west of Mannheim, across the Rhine, lies the Rhineland-Palatinate city of Ludwigshafen. The Hessian border is north of the city.
Mannheim is unique among German cities in that its downtown area is laid out in a grid pattern (called Quadrate - squares), much like many North American cities. The main route through the squares leads to an enormous 18th century castle that houses the University of Mannheim.
Mannheim is also home of the Nationaltheater Mannheim (National Theatre).
Mannheim's city symbol is the Wasserturm (Water tower), located in the east of the downtown area.
In 1720, Mannheim replaced Heidelberg as the capital of the Palatinate. Mannheim was home to the so-called Mannheim School of 18th century classical composers. It was reputed for having one of the best court orchestras in Europe.
Carl Benz invented and drove the worlds first car in Mannheim in 1885. Earlier still in 1817, Karl Drais invented and rode the first two-wheeled contraption called Laufmaschine or velocipede - the very start of horseless personal transport. And banker Otto Hermann Kahn was born there.
- Official Homepage of Mannheim
- Rhein Neckar Guide Regional hotel, restaurant and tourist guide
- Pictures of Mannheim
- Official Homepage of IRC Channel Mannheim
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