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My Birthday Weekend Part 3: Our First Time in Mannheim (Part 2)

After walking away from the water tower, we wandered through a neighborhood and ended up at the Christuskirche Mannheim (Christ Church of Mannheim). While we did not go in, I took a few pictures of the exterior.

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Christuskirche Mannheim (Christ Church of Mannheim)

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The words on the top of the sign are from Matthäus (Matthew) 11:28 and translate to: “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and burdened”. The bottom part, “meile der religionen” means “mile of religion” which as far as I understands means it is one of several buildings that participate in the yearly “mile of religion” event where religious buildings open their doors to people of all faiths.

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The triangular pediment relief, which goes along with the theme of the sign on the front. The statues around the dome are of the 12 disciples

We kept walking around and found the Rosengarten Mannheim, a convention and conference center. We didn’t go inside, but you can take a virtual tour here. As I took photos of the exterior, my husband remarked that he thinks the German guys are attracted to me. I asked why and he said they had all been staring at me as they walked by. Maybe they’d been staring because I had on a bright orange coat and was taking pictures of something they walk by every day. I don’t know. Anyhow I hadn’t noticed.

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The Rosengarten Stamitzsaal, one of three concert halls in the Rosengarten. The other two are the Mozartsaal and the Musensaal.

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The Beethoven entrance

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Mozart entrance

We walked around for awhile and then ended up going in to Galeria Kaufhof to get a quick meal. I got Schnitzel “Jäger Art” which is schnitzel with Champignonrahmsauce (mushroom cream sauce). It also came with pommes frites (which are like French fries but with a different spice on them). It was not bad, but the mushrooms were cold which decreased my enjoyment.

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Walking in Mannheim

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View of the restaurant in Galeria Kaufhof called Dinea which the sign says is “das freundliche Restaurant” (the friendly restaurant)

We wandered some more and eventually saw Schloss Mannheim (Mannheim Palace) which is now one of the main university buildings for the University of Mannheim. We walked over to it. It’s so large that you can’t get it all in a picture even at a distance, but I took pictures of a few views.

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Schloss Mannheim (Mannheim Palace) from a distance. This was once used the main residence of the Prince-electors of the Electorate of the Palatinate. It is now used by the University of Mannheim

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A closer view of Schloss Mannheim

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View of the far left side of the building

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Closer view of the relief

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View from a little behind the far left wall.

After that, we ended up walking to The Jesuitenkirche Mannheim (Mannheim Jesuit Church) which was also so big I could only get part of it in a picture.

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The Jesuitenkirche Mannheim (Mannheim Jesuit Church)

A little later we found a stand with pretzel sandwiches and each got one. It was not bad, but I had kind of been hoping it would be hot, and it was cold. While waiting for my husband to finish the transaction, I took this picture, which I think turned out kind of cool.
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It was starting to get dark and cold, so we decided to head back a little earlier than we’d originally planned. At the station, I saw on the schedule that there was an S- bahn stopping in Heidelberg that would leave in a few min out of gate nine. We were near one. We hustled over to it and got there a couple minutes early. This one was empty enough to sit down, which was nice after so much walking.

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One of my favorite pictures of the trip, walking back to the train station.

Similar to one the way to Mannheim, on the way back home, we heard “Heidelberg” on the speaker but we did not hear “Hauptbahnhof”, so I figured we should wait. Then I noticed signs I hadn’t before which were lit like the main station and I wondered if I was wrong. My husband said he thought I’d been right the first time and we waited. Fortunately we were right to wait, because the next was “Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof” and then we heard”Heidelberg Main Station”. So I guess when we take an S-bahn, that will just be our failsafe to stick with the main stations so we know where we’re going.

If I’m not mistaken, the ticket we had gotten was good until the following evening, so we could have gone back the next day on it if we wanted to, but it was a Sunday when little would be open, so we didn’t take advantage. While most of our trip was wandering around checking out the exteriors of buildings, I thought it was a pretty fun day trip and a good end to a nice birthday weekend.

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6 Thoughts on “My Birthday Weekend Part 3: Our First Time in Mannheim (Part 2)

  1. Seems like you had a great time! Love the pictures!
    And I think food at Galeria Kaufhof is always cold. That’s my experience.
    Some places even warm the Bretzeln up for you when you ask!

    • Thanks. That’s unfortunate. As a ‘restaurant’ they should be able to manage to keep the food at least warm lol. That’s cool. I didn’t think to ask and had just assumed it was on a warmer.

  2. Hot prezel is so rare but yet so delicious. Now I don’t feel bad saying to the hubby and people if it is not hot or atleast warm no thank you, lol. The photo with the purple sky and the tree in the middle is beautiful.

    • Yeah I can eat them cold but they’re definitely better hot. Yeah I wouldn’t feel bad about saying no if I’d asked if it was warm and was told no but I hadn’t thought to ask. Thanks 🙂

  3. That Mannheim Schloss also happens to be the place in which PINK gave a concert in the summer of 2007! I was there and it was crammed full… It’s a bit different to see it so empty during winter days… What a great day to end your birthday weekend, I agree!

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