Mannheim is one of the shopping hotspots in southwestern Germany. With around 2.000 retail shops in the city centre, Mannheim is among the top 10 of shopping cities in Germany. Discover traditional markets as well as innovative concept stores, learn background information, and understand why Mannheim makes a shop-a-holic's heart beat faster. Explore the redesigned "Planken" – the most popular shopping mile in the region – stretching from the "Wasserturm" (water tower) to the "Paradeplatz" (parade square). Other stops include the market square and the district informally known as "Little Istanbul".