Mannheim sights offer many architectural gems, such as the Wasserturm (Water Tower), the Old Town Hall, St. Sebastian Parish, the Jesuit Church, the Christ Church and Mannheim Port.
Wasserturm (Water Tower)
This Mannheim sight is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable landmarks of the city. Located in the Friedrichsplatz, the Wasserturm, or Water Tower is a stunning piece of Romanesque architecture. It was built in 1886 as a reservoir for the town’s drinking water supply.
At 60 m (196 ft) high, the yellow sandstone Wasserturm is the tallest structure in the area, making it an excellent place to meet your friends or traveling companions.
It is surrounded by statues and fountains which are lit up at dusk each day, and it changes its formations at set times throughout the day.
Fun to watch and photograph!
Old Town Hall and St. Sebastian Parish Church
At the heart of the city, you will find the lovely Mannheim sightseeing combination of the Old Town Hall and St. Sebastian Parish Church. These two structures are linked by a 57 m (187 ft) high tower. The bells toll three times daily.
The tower complex is one of the oldest in Mannheim and dates back to the time of the Electors rule.
The Jesuit Church
One of the most important Baroque buildings in the region, the Jesuit Church was modeled on Rome’s Al Gesu church. This architectural gem was heavily damaged during the Second World War but painstaking reconstruction has made it shine again.
This Mannheim sight is Germany’s second largest inland port. Mannheim port offers a glimpse of the city’s commercial prowess with its container ships and landing stages. This is also a good spot to go for a waterway tour of the town.
Another Mannheim sight that is widely considered one of the tourist jewels of the city is the Christ Church. This church stands over the rest at a 65 m (213 ft) height. Built in the neo-Baroque architectural style, it is a relatively new structure as it was erected in 1911.
The most exquisite work can be seen on the exterior of the church. There are depictions of the twelve disciples of Jesus around the dome, as well as a sculpture of the Archangel Michael.