365 days a year, inside or outside, summer or winter - there's never a reason to be bored in Mannheim. What to do today? How about enjoying a world-class show at the SAP Arena? Or celebrating exuberantly at the Time Warp in the "Maimarkthalle"? Or perhaps listening to a cool Enjoy Jazz gig in the former main fire station? If you're looking for special entertainment in extraordinary locations, you will find it all year round in Mannheim.
Welcome to the Hall of Fame! From Madonna and Michael Bublé to Usher - a long list of global superstars have all given legendary concerts in Mannheim. Where? At the SAP Arena - the largest event hall in Baden-Württemberg. The home of German ice hockey champions "Adler Mannheim" writes history every day, and not just in music or sport. Witness for yourself the coronation of the next "Voice of Germany" or marvel at the artists of the Cirque du Soleil. Simply magical!
As large as 32 soccer pitches and with 800,000 visitors a year, the "Maimarkt" area together with the "Maimarkthalle Mannheim" is the event mecca in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. Millions know and love what could well be Germany's most spectacular offline marketplace. From a practical vegetable slicer to a prefabricated house - over 20,000 products are waiting to be discovered at the Maimarkt Mannheim. Fans of electro music get their money's worth when the Maimarkthalle turns into a time machine. Every year, over 15,000 ravers from all over Europe gather for the Time Warp festival to dance to the beats of international DJs like Sven Väth.
If you want to go a bit more upmarket, Mannheim's Rosengarten complex is a cultural flagship for the city and region, hosting around 130 events every year. Here, in the heart of Mannheim, you can experience performances by world stars such as Alfred Brendel and Anna Netrebko. But the Congress Center Rosengarten is much more than a concert venue. It is one of the most important congressional buildings in Germany, focusing on top-level medical congresses. The Congress of Cardiologists, for example, is a regular highlight.
One of the most popular venues in Mannheim is a place where fire fighters once prepared for their missions. Now a listed building, the "Alte Feuerwache" regularly hosts concerts, art exhibitions and parties - industrial charm thrown in. Whether it's the concentrated brass power of a New Orleans band, a poetry slam or Mannheim's biggest Halloween party - a visit to the city's former main fire station will quickly become burnt into your memory.
Pure festival feeling - Mannheim loves to celebrate and particularly in special places. Every year, the international Enjoy Jazz festival transforms concert halls and stages into cool bars with its unique Southern flair. The "Jetztmusik" festival effortlessly transcends the boundaries between electro music and other arts. Mannheim is also a good place to bump into tomorrow's movie stars. Who knows? Maybe the next Rainer Werner Fassbinder will show up at the International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg? He and other major directors showed their first films in Mannheim. At photography festivals such as the Biennale for Contemporary Photography, visitors can catch sight of trendsetting and famous international photo artists. The "Kulturfestival Lichtmeile" fills the Neckarstadt district with creativity. And remember not to miss Mannheim's hipster hot spot, the Jungbusch district. The best way to experience this area is at the cult night-time stroll event “Nachtwandel”.