Lord Mayor: Dr. Peter Kurz
Population: 294,627 residents.
Brief Historical Overview of the City
Mannheim is the second largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg after the capital Stuttgart. Mannheim is situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers, in the northwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg. To the west of Mannheim, across the Rhine, lies the 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.
Economy and Transportation
Mannheim is a city of commerce and trade. Mannheim’s main station is an important train junction and part of the ICE high speed train system. The city is also home to the second largest river port in Germany.
Culture and Sport
Mannheim is home of the National theater Mannheim (National Theatre). Mannheim has football, soccer, basketball, baseball, golf, handball, and hockey teams.
The Haifa-Mannheim Friendship Agreement was signed on May 26, 2009