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Springtime Walks in Mannheim

Spring is here and nature is coming back to life. So it’s high time to explore Mannheim’s green heart by taking a walk and soaking up the first rays of sunshine. The following places and routes are particularly suitable for mild spring days.

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Die Maulbeerinsel im Neckar ist heute ein Naturschutzgebiet.
Die Maulbeerinsel im Neckar ist heute ein Naturschutzgebiet. © Bernhard Kunz, Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH

Maulbeerinsel (Mulberry Island)
If you think you’ve seen everything already, head for some of Mannheim’s lesser-visited places. One of them, which is particularly attractive in spring, is the ten-hectare nature reserve Maulbeerinsel between the Neckar Canal and the Altneckar. Continuing a plan drawn up by the Electors, Grand Duchess Stephanie of Baden established a mulberry plantation here to breed silkworms. Mannheim may not have become a centre of silk production, but the mulberry here is a comforting reminder that Mannheim’s nature has survived many a crisis.

Route: 5.7 km // Duration: 2 hours (circular route)

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Der Dossenwald liegt im Grenzgebiet zwischen Mannheim und Schwetzingen.
Der Dossenwald liegt im Grenzgebiet zwischen Mannheim und Schwetzingen. © Hubert Berberich (HubiB), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Dossenwald
By the way, it’s also possible to reach the heights in Mannheim. Here in the Upper Rhine lowlands, however, the limit is 114 metres. This is precisely the height of the sand dune in the Lower Dossenwald near Mannheim-Rheinau. Perfectly suited for a solo ascent on a beautiful spring day, a stonemason’s summit stone awaits fearless climbers at the highest point between Eichhörnchenweg and Kaninchenweg.  And the view is – by local standards – very uplifting.

Route: 2.3 km // Duration: 50 minutes (one-way route)

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