Mannheim is a charming city at the meeting point of the River
Rhine and the River Neckar. Having retained a number of its classic
architecture, the city is filled with many highlights, including
the 'Wasserturm' (water tower), that are beautifully illuminated as
darkness falls. Today, Mannheim is one of Europe's largest inland
ports; its port has been hugely important throughout its history.
It was a village in the 8th century, fortified by Elector Frederick
IV, and chartered in 1607.
The town was twice destroyed in wars during the 17th century and
was rebuilt when the Palatine electors moved their residence there
in 1720. Destroyed again in 1795, the city was rebuilt and became a
center of the revolutionary movement in 1848. Mannheim is different
from other German cities, because its central area is laid out in
an organised grid pattern.