Mannheim lies at the confluence of the Rhine and Neckar rivers in the Upper Rhine lowlands. The city is connected to Ludwigshafen-am-Rhein in the Rhineland-Palatinate by two bridges. The world-famous city of Heidelberg is just a stone’s throw away. To the northeast, the Mannheim metropolitan area borders the federal state of Hesse.
Mannheim has a population of around 310,000 people. This makes it the third largest city in Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. While Mannheim boasts numerous metropolitan qualities, it has managed to retain a touch of small-town charm. The chaos and anonymity of the big city are strangers here. Today, the former seat of the Palatinate Electors is home to people from around 170 different nations. Diversity, acceptance, and cosmopolitanism are values that are actively lived in Mannheim.