Living in Mannheim

Mannheim, the second biggest city in Baden-Württemberg, is relatively young: founded in 1606 in its current chess-board structure - rather unusual in the 'Old World' - its city centre is known as the 'City of Squares'. The squares are numbered like a chessboard. A typical address is for instance ‘G7,26’, G being the horizontal row of squares, 7 the vertical row of squares, and G7 the specific square. 26 is the entrance; the house entrances are counted around the square.

The neighbouring towns are Ludwigshafen, which is only separated from Mannheim by the Rhine and connected by bridges, and Heidelberg, a 20-minute drive from Mannheim. Heidelberg with its romantic old castle and its renowned university, one of the oldest and most important in Europe, attracts tourists from all over the world.

University life creates a distinct atmosphere both in Mannheim and its surroundings, which reflects in the local student pubs, student hostels, job offers for students and free-time activities that are available.

Privileged situation

Mannheim lies exactly where the Neckar and the Rhine rivers meet and is thus located in the middle of the so-called 'Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar'.

It has one of Europe’s biggest inland ports. In addition to its commercial and industrial significance for the region, Mannheim is also an important traffic junction for the whole of Europe. Mannheim is intersected by seven 'Autobahns' (major motorways) and its railway station is served by about 200 ICE- EC- and IC-trains every day. Mannheim City Airport can be used for domestic flights, e.g. to Hamburg or Berlin. The two international airports in Frankfurt/Main and Stuttgart can be reached in only 30 minutes by train.

Besides all that, Mannheim is an ideal starting point for outings and day trips of all kinds to the nearby 'Odenwald' and 'Pfälzer Wald' regions. With their beautiful forests and nice little villages, they give you the chance to relax and enjoy their distinctive cuisines. Apart from Heidelberg, popular places for excursions are the cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz, each famous for their historical atmosphere and magnificent Romanesque cathedrals. Other places to go are the 'Deutsche Weinstrasse' (the German Wine Route, only 30 minutes away), where you can satisfy your love of nature and your love of good local wine. Every weekend during the summer months the local villages celebrate their popular wine-festivals, one after the other. The biggest of its kind worldwide takes place in Bad Dürkheim, where you can drink wine inside a giant wine barrel. The French region Alsace, with its attractive landscape and excellent French food, is only 30 km away from there.

With their semester ticket, our students can discover an extensive region without additional cost:

General map of the public-transport association VRN