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)
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)