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Mannheim Water Tower

Snap photos of one of the city’s most recognizable icons with the colorful jets of water from the fountain making up the foreground.

With its Baroque design and central location, the Mannheim Water Tower is the principal emblem of the city. It is the striking masterpiece in the majestic landscape gardens of Friedrichsplatz, flanked by fountains and floral displays. Ascend the outdoor staircase to the base of the tower for a view of these spectacular gardens.

Meet friends at this popular gathering point and capture photos of the water tower, which is 200 feet (60 meters) tall, surrounding an interior tank with a diameter of 53 feet (16 meters). It comprises a cylindrical structure made from dark yellow sandstone. Inspect the sculptures of mythological figures, such as the sea goddess Amphitrite and the Sphinx. See the bronze nymphs surrounding the water feature.

Watch the jets of water make crisscrossing patterns as they spout from the fountain in front of the structure. In the evening, the streams of water are brightly illuminated, making a mesmerizing display. Sit on a patch of grass and admire the rings of seasonal flowers that surround the fountain. Read a book on one of the benches adorning the pedestrian paths meandering through this park.

Consider the past function of this water tower, which was completed in the late 1800s. It historically served as a reservoir and held the town’s drinking water, though it is now just a monument. The structure was partially destroyed in World War II, before being rebuilt, along with completion of repairs of the damaged Friedrichsplatz.

Note that the fountain shows take place in the summer months, with the color show generally on weekend nights. Access the park and visit the water tower for free.

The Mannheim Water Tower is in the northwestern part of Friedrichsplatz park in the heart of the city. Take the tram or bus to the Wasserturm stop. See nearby highlights, such as the Kunsthalle Mannheim art museum, the Schatzkistl theater and the Congress Center Rosengarten.


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Novum Hotel Mannheim City

Novum Hotel Mannheim City

L12,15-16, Mannheim, BW
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Mannheim City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from University of Mannheim and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from SAP Arena. Mannheim Water Tower and Mannheim Palace are also within 10 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Mannheim Handelshafen Station is 24 minutes.

    Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim £53
    Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim

    Leonardo Royal Hotel Mannheim

    Augustaanlage 4-8, Mannheim, BW
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Mannheim, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Mannheim's Rosengarten Congress Centre and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from SAP Arena. Friedrichsplatz and Mannheim Water Tower are also within 5 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Mannheim Handelshafen Station is 28 minutes.

      Dorint Kongresshotel Mannheim £89
      Dorint Kongresshotel Mannheim

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      Friedrichsring 6, Mannheim, BW
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Mannheim, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nationaltheater Mannheim, Mannheim Water Tower and Mannheim's Rosengarten Congress Centre. Friedrichsplatz and University of Mannheim are also within 10 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Mannheim Handelshafen Station is 24 minutes.

        Radisson Blu Hotel, Mannheim £89
        Radisson Blu Hotel, Mannheim

        Radisson Blu Hotel, Mannheim

        Quadrant Q7, 27, Mannheim
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Mannheim City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mannheim Water Tower and Mannheim's Rosengarten Congress Centre. Friedrichsplatz and Nationaltheater Mannheim are also within 10 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Mannheim Handelshafen Station is 20 minutes.

          Hilton Garden Inn Mannheim £75
          Hilton Garden Inn Mannheim

          Hilton Garden Inn Mannheim

          Willy-Brandt-Platz 13, Mannheim, BW
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from University of Mannheim and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from SAP Arena. Friedrichsplatz and Mannheim Water Tower are also within 10 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Mannheim Handelshafen Station is 27 minutes.

            Maritim Hotel Mannheim £70
            Maritim Hotel Mannheim

            Maritim Hotel Mannheim

            Friedrichsplatz 2, Mannheim, BW
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Mannheim, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mannheim Water Tower and 3 mi (4.8 km) from SAP Arena. Friedrichsplatz and Mannheim's Rosengarten Congress Centre are also within 5 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Mannheim Handelshafen Station is 24 minutes.

              Leonardo Hotel Mannheim City Center £53
              Leonardo Hotel Mannheim City Center

              Leonardo Hotel Mannheim City Center

              N6, 3, Mannheim, BW
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Mannheim City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Mannheim, Mannheim Water Tower and Mannheim Palace. Mannheim Jesuit Church and Friedrichsplatz are also within 10 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is 10 minutes by foot and Mannheim Handelshafen Station is 21 minutes.

                IntercityHotel Mannheim £80
                IntercityHotel Mannheim

                IntercityHotel Mannheim

                Schlossgartenstr. 1, Ecke L13, Mannheim, BW
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Mannheim City Centre, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from University of Mannheim and 3.1 mi (5 km) from SAP Arena. Mannheim Palace and Mannheim Water Tower are also within 10 minutes. Mannheim Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Ludwigshafen Mitte Station is 18 minutes.