Mannheim, Germany is the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg and is situated at the confluence of the rivers Rhine and Neckar. Some important inventions were created in Mannheim including the the first two-wheeled draisine in 1817, a lightweight three-wheeled vehicle powered by a single cylinder petrol/gasoline-fueled engine by Carl Benz in 1886, and the world's first rocket plane in 1929.
There is a lot to see and do in Mannheim. You can take in the sites on your own or via one of the many organized sightseeing tours offered locally. North Americans may find Mannheim easier to navigate that other German cities as the central area is laid out in a grid pattern pattern (called Quadrate, squares), much like many North American cities. The main road through the squares leads to the Mannheim Palace, a magnificent 18th-century palace which was former seat of the Electors of the Palatinate but now houses the University of Mannheim.
Other sites worth a visit include the der Wasserturm (the water-tower which is the symbol of Mannheim), Luisenpark (named one of the most beautiful parks of Europe), and the Fernmeldeturm Mannheim. Mannheim s main shopping districts include the Breite Strasse, Kunststrasse and Kapuzinerplanken.