I recently had the opportunity to escape with a friend to Mannheim. She had lovely memories she wanted to share with me and I was happy to accept.
BarockSchloss Mannheim was the first place we went to. This is where my friend went to school. Though it is known around the world for its business and economic studies, the musical and theater arts are not neglected in any way. Clearly this was a massive estate and I look forward to coming back and exploring the history of the museum and libraries here.
I find whenever a university is well established it becomes an influence of culture and knowledge. I can see that this is especially the case because of the eye level advertisements all over the city about the different concerts and performances. It seemed that the easy access to transportation to every location symbolized the knowledge and culture was the heart of the city. I can see why my friend fell in love with Mannheim!
The walk to the Wasserturm, a lovely stone water tower surrounded in festivities, made me realize the open feeling of the streets. The streets and the sidewalks were accommodating for both the walker and the biker. This was this first place in Europe I have not felt squished!
Happily this feeling also extended to the Mannheimer Weihnachtsmarkt. Here the organizers capitalized on the idea of the rotating Christmas Pyramid, by creating a circular center with pathways that radiated from the center. Not only was the traffic cleverly designed but each of the pathways were wide and embraced a theme such as Engelsgasse (Angel’s Way), Nikolausstraße (St Nickolaus Street). As we wove our way up and down the busy Christmas lanes taking in the sights of the vendor’s wares, I felt completely at ease. I loved that I didn’t feel rushed and I felt comfortable taking more time at each of the stalls. Here I had a chance to try a Langos topped with, ruccola (arugula), tomato, mozzarella, and a garlic sauce.
Leaving the lovely Wasserturm we snagged a Kurtosh Kalach or Trdelnik. To me this looked and tasted like a single layer cinnamon roll wrapped around a mental pipe to cook. It has a simple glaze of sugar that when dipped held the topping of our choice. We decided to go with coconut flakes and it was amazing!
Afterwards we decided to refresh ourselves at the Rheinterrassen. A place I can recommend to you for the beautiful interior and mouth-watering menu descriptions. A place my friend can recommend for the lovely service and gastronomie. Unfortunately I was too full from the festival’s edibles to try something here. Instead we enjoyed ourselves by indulging a glass of wine and taking in the scenic view from the terrace.