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Mannheim in October

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Mannheim in October

We are planning a trip to Mannheim in October for my mother-in-law's 60th b'day. My brother-in-law's wife is stationed at the US military base in Mannheim and they are expecting their first child in July. Any suggestions on a few day trips we can take with the whole family (6 adults and 1 infant)?

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1. Re: Mannheim in October

Mannheim is not exatly what you would call the prettiest city of Germany, however it has some nice spots to look at and a wealth of attractions surrounding it.

Looking at a city map, you will find that the "Altstadt" looks a bit like American Cities: Square block layout, instead of street names the Blocks ("Quadrate") are named by letters and numbers (B4, O4 etc.). It's a planned city layout instead of an organic growth - which is quite unusual for Germany and Europe, especially considering the date of the plan - 1606!

Mannheim Castle is one of the largest in Europe - surpassed only by Versailles if I remember correctly.

The Altstadt is quite nice, although many buildings were destroyed during the war, offers many excellent shopping opportunities. Take a look at the "Wasserturm" a perfect example of the "Jugendstil" period (1920s). The Luisnpark is also a place to go for a walk. If you'r interested in Art don't miss the Mannheimer Kunsthalle (Art Museum)

The surroundings are offering a lot:

Heidelberg the city of "The Student Prince", its castle, its old mainly intact "Altstadt", the river Neckar, the Old britge (Alte Br��cke), etc. It's good for at least 2 days of discovery.

Schwetzingen is located between Mannheim and Heidelberg and is a slightly smaller copy of Versailles. Baroque/Rococo style castle and gardens, the Rococo Theatre etc. Also good for half a day or more.

Take a cuise on the river Rhine or Neckar, also quite nice.

Go to the Palatinate (Pfalz) e.g. Deidesheim or Bad D��rkheim, visit the small winemakers there and try some special Palatinate food. The former german Chancellor Kohl's favourite food was "Saumagen" (Pork Stomach) which sounds awful but tastes delicious (mainly a large sausage i.e. the cleaned stomach is stuffed with meat, potatoes, eggs, carrots, boiled, cut into slices and fried easy over, the stomach is NOT eaten)

As you can see, there's a lot to find out in "Old Europe"; people are friendly, generally like America and the Americans - with the exception of 2 or 3 people higher up in Washington DC. Get a car and discover the countryside.

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2. Re: Mannheim in October

Thanks. This is very helpful!

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3. Re: Mannheim in October

Yes,

Heildleburg is only about 11 miles from Mannheim, and if you drive about 40 minutes north on B38 there is what remains of an old castle (schloss) very visible on the side of a small mountain - you can drive to it and they have a great lunch and dinner in the old cellar under the castle.

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