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Coat of arms of Mannheim
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Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Urban district
Lord Mayor Peter Kurz (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 144.96 km2 (55.97 sq mi)
Elevation 97 m  (318 ft)
Population 294,627  (31 December 2012)
 - Density 2,032 /km2 (5,264 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate MA
Postal codes 68001 – 68309
Area code 0621

Mannheim (Palatine German: Mannem, also Monnem) is a city in the south-west of Germany, in the north-west of the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

The city was built in the Rhine River valley where the Rhine and the Neckar Rivers meet. The city of Ludwigshafen is on the opposite bank of the Rhine. Mannheim and Ludwigshafen together with Heidelberg and other cities make a big area called "Rhine-Neckar-Area" or "Rhein-Neckar Triangle". Nearly 2.4 million people live in this area.

Mannheim's landmark Water Tower
Mannheim's Castle. Today this building is a university.

About 294,000 people live in the city. Mannheim is the biggest city in "Rhine-Neckar-Area". It has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Koeppen climate classification).

Mannheim has universities. The city has a history of important transport inventions. The first automobile,[1] tractor and draisine (or velocipede, as the earliest recognisable bicycles were called) were all made or presented for the first time in Mannheim.

During World War II almost all of the old city was destroyed. The houses were built again after the war. Year 2007 was the city's 400th birthday.

Mannheim is now an important city because of its business power and culture. It has very good transport connections, by road, rail and water.

Inventions made in Mannheim

Sister cities

Telecommunication tower and Luisenpark


  1. Bertha Benz Memorial Route
  2. "Swansea - Wales". Mannheim City website. Mannheim City. 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2011.