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|Population:||307,914 (31 Dec 2006)|
|Major roads:||A5, A6, A61, A65|
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Mannheim is a city in Germany, located in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
The city of Mannheim and surroundings offer you a funny network of highways. Have fun while checking it on the map to your right.
In the south east of the city there is a freight train station with Europes second largest classification yard. Tramway number 6A is going there (station Rangierbahnhof). Some of the flatcar trains carrying (ISO) shipping containers go just a few kilometers into Mannheim Harbour.
West and North
You may take the Tramway to get near the motorway entrance Sandhofen. Take the tramway number 3 (light blue) to the final station Sandhofen Endstelle. From there it is less than a kilometer of walk to the entrance or the useful petrol station nearby.
East and Southeast
Mannheim is a bit of a trap if you're going that way, the most obvious thing to do is going behind the massive park and go along the Augustaanlage straße where it later becomes the highway, it may work on holidays and weekends, but even with massive traffic and space to stop, people didn't stop. Your other option is to go to the train station take a train to hockenheim, walk past the town in direction of the highway until you reach woods with a cemetery on your right side going towards the south east, then you climb stairs overlooking the autobahn with a small bridge and go to the other side of the road then go down still along the highway and you will spot a service station, if you go near the bit where a restaurant is, the only fence is a small white fence you can easily cross, it's a good spot to get to Stuttgart or Heilbronn.
There is hostel that seems quite cheap in the outskirts of town but it's a long way from the center, even taking a tramway, It's around bonadiestraße. There is also a YMCA center in town or you can ask people for couch surfing it worked for us ;)