Luis Park, Mannheim (20 km)

Stroll along the curved pathways, on the huge sprawling lawns for rejuvenation or just lie there and ease off in summer: all in the Luis Park in Mannheim. Kids can enjoy themselves in the sparkling water fountains, romp about in the mad or play in the water on the farm or in the “Green School”. In bad weather the venue shifts to the “Mannheim’s jungle”, the plants show house, where you can go on a breathtaking subtropical safari. Penguins, flamingos, iguanas, mini-crocodiles, giant tortoises and an entire undercover world await discovery. In addition, Luis Park Mannheim houses the largest storks’ colony in Germany. Whether it’s on a romantic ride in the Gondoletta boat, in the largest Chinese built Tea house in Europe, in citrus or medicinal herbs garden, in the park for the summer festivals or in the sound oasis where you can listen to nature’s wild sounds: the Luis Park is the ideal place to go relax and enjoy both culture and remarkable nature attributes –“all in the green section.”

The Luis Park was founded between 1892 and 1903 in its first phases by the Siesmayer Brothers from Frankfurt and named after Luise from Baden, the daughter of the great Emperor William in 1896. Through extension on to the former racing lawn in 1945 that was part of the then existing golf course, its total area now covers 45 hectares. Numerous other refinements have greatly contributed to its prestige and it’s now one of the highly regarded parks in Europe (including in professional circles).

Luis Park

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