Mannheim's city center, set in the Quadratestadt, is laid out like a grid and has no official street names. Rather, blocks have names like Q3 and Q2. Originally built to surround the city's fortress in 1606, the city is located directly along the Rhine and Neckar rivers. Once famous for its beauty and industrial significance, Mannheim was unfortunately largely decimated during World War II. As a result, Mannheim today is now a mix of old and new. For those who are interested in architecture, Mannheim, like many German cities, is a mixture of industrial landscapes and historical charms that tells the history of both past and present.
Upon arriving in Mannheim, there is plenty to do as soon as you pick up your vehicle. The centrally located Luisenpark is a great place for a stroll or a scenic gondola ride. The fully landscaped park is lined with sculptures from various artists and includes an exquisite butterfly house. In addition to Mannheim's natural attractions, a visit to the Mannheim Schloss, a Baroque palace is also recommended. Constructed in 1720, the structure runs an impressive 450 meters along the central area all the way to the city's main square, Paradeplatz.