Quadratestadt “city of squares” Mannheim
Here we would like to explain to you why Mannheim is so different than other cities in Germany. Of course the best way to explore our city is by taking part in our city rally which usually takes place in the first week before the semester begins.
The city centre of Mannheim is comparable to the structure of Manhattan NY, which is planned by an architect who laid out avenues and streets in a grid pattern.
The central student meeting point is our beautiful old castle (1) which lays on top of the Quadrate and is the starting point to structure the city centre. Facing from here the city, our main street divides the “Quadrate” into two parts. The squares on the left side start with A and end with K and the rights goes on with L and ends with U. Additionally, the squares extend from the middle out to the Luisenring, starting from number 1 to 7. When you take a walk into the city centre you will reach the “Paradeplatz” (2), where our beautiful pedestrian-zone “die Planken” (3) starts. Here, you will find a generous selection of shopping possibilities and free-time activities. If you keep on walking you will find the “Marktplatz” on the left hand side which is the historical centre of Mannheim. At the end of the “Planken” is located the symbol of the city, the “Wasserturm” (4). Especially in the summer you will have various opportunities to enjoy your free time, relax or just learn in a nice atmosphere. For example you can take a walk at one of our two rivers (Rhein or Neckar) (6) or use the wide range of sports offered by the university in the “Schlosspark” (7).