Mannheim is a city in the southwestern part of Germany, the third-largest in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. The city is at the centre of the larger densely populated Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region and is Germany’s eighth-largest metropolitan region.
Mannheim is located at the confluence of the Rhine and the Neckar in the northwestern corner of Baden-Württemberg. The Rhine separates Mannheim from the city of Ludwigshafen, just to the west of it in Rhineland-Palatinate, and the border of Baden-Württemberg with Hesse is just to the north. Mannheim is downstream along the Neckar from the city of Heidelberg.
Mannheim is unusual among German cities in that its streets and avenues are laid out in a grid pattern, leading to its nickname “die Quadratestadt” (“The City of Squares”). It is also one of the most inventive cities worldwide. Mannheim is a Smart City; the city’s electrical grid is installed with a Power-line communication network.
The city’s tourism slogan is “Leben. Im Quadrat.” (Life. Squared.). Mannheim is the starting and finishing point of the Bertha Benz Memorial Route.
Take a look at these color snaps taken by Klaus Hiltscher to see what street scenes of Mannheim looked like from the 1970s.
|The Planken – in front of the water tower, 1971|
|The Tattersall, 1972|
|Tattersallstrasse. On the left is the Mercedes Benz branch with workshop, 1972|
|The Dresdner Bank under construction, 1972|
|The Planken between P5+P6-Das Ascot, Cafe ASCOT of the Hoffman family, 1972|