Where to live in Karlsruhe and Mannheim

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Hi all,

I found threads in the subject but in certain cases the circumstances were different (focusing on single people, night life, students) or it actually ended up going off-topic discussing about visas, taxes, schools, etc. Nevertheless, if I still failed to see a thread that really addresses the issue I point here, please feel free to point it to me.

I'd really appreciate if you could give me your opinion on the following: What are the "best" districts or even specific areas in Mannheim or in Karlsruhe for a family with a baby (therefore children friendly), in which we could find supermarkets/Rossmann relatively close (ideally walking distances), with not necessarily much but a few restaurants around and good public transport access? It doesn't really matter whether this is a hype/trending or more conservative area, as long as it's a place with good people around.

By the way, I ask about both cities because I'm not sure yet where I want to live - or maybe, where I'll find an apartment :-) But I want to be sure that I look at the *right* spots in any of them.

Thank you.

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In Mannheim, I've only considered central areas because I need good transport. Lindenhof is the area that would be top of my list.

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For Karlsruhe, Weststadt, zip code 76133 is lovely, failing that Sophienstrasse at the western end has loads of parks and schools around there, mostly pedestrianised too.

Enjoy and good luck.

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You should check out Neckarstadt Ost in Mannheim in the "old" (read as: German owned occupied and operated) section near Herzogenreid. Some friends of ours live there and we visit quite often. They are within walking distance to a park, Marktkauf, DM, and Kaufland as well as two apotheke and everything that services the area for delivery services them as well. Look at the river streets (so named because every street is named for a river). Lindenhof is great; however, it is considerably younger than parenting age with less young families and more college students. Additionally, one of my students who own there is constantly complaining about the parking situation. You might want to look more at Schwetzingenvorstadt. My lovely girl had a flat on Wespinstrasse before I moved over and the area is quite nice to walk around.

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Mannheim: Actually, I would recommend Lindenhof because it is the quieter bit of Mannheim due to the aging population. Many college students do live there, but complain of how boring it is. Your proximity to the Rhein is attractive for taking walks, etc. But yes, parking is terrible there. It's less terrible in the Almenhof area. Schwetzingervorstadt is a great area too, but there isn't much green - you'd have to walk to Luisenpark (I have a year ticket), but all your shopping needs are in walking distance.

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In karlsruhe you could also consider grunwinkle, daxlanden, rheinstrandseidlung, all pretty good areas with supermarkets within walking distance and good transport networks closeby. Good luck

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Thank you for all the answers, I'll check these places out.

By the way, would you think that the ease of finding english speaking doctors in either of those cities is the same? If not, in which one those would it be more favorable?

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Karlsruhe: If you prefer living closer to downtown (walking distance, but still not in the middle of all the hustle and bustle), then definitely Weststadt/Mühlburg (I used to live in the Sophienstraße). I also quite like the Nordstadt (the former "American" district). It's very green and quiet, there are pine trees there - normally these trees only grow in places with clean air and good ecology...

On the whole, Karlsruhe is a nice place to live, as family friendly as it gets in Germany. Thousands of great playgrounds, some of them really big and interesting for kids of all ages, not just for toddlers, very green - great for walks with a stroller, then later - when kids get older - plenty of after school activities (sports, dance, theater, stuff like that). Very good schools, too. Ny daughter went to the Gutenberg elementary - it was pretty good. And the Hort (Schefflerstraße) was great, too, even though the first impression of the premisses is not 100% positive - looks old and somehow decrepit, but in reality it's a great place, with nice staff and good atmosphere.

We left Karlsruhe two years ago (my daughter was born in Karlsruhe, we left when she was 7,5. She is 9,5 now and still wishes we had never left Karlsruhe) - I hope things haven't changed for worse since then. Except for the general chaos b/c of the metro construction site.

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Karlsruhe: I prefer the Oststadt, Südstadt and Waldstadt (very expensive). Daxlanden etc are way too close to the huge industrial harbor area for my liking which is an eyesore of smokestacks and power lines. However, they are close to the Rhein and some natural forest areas though. The old American Army housing is quite nice (and I am happy they kept the street names like Rhode-Island Allee). Nordstadt and Neureut are also nice which are still quite close to the center and very green.

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@deepcake: Plenty of good doctor's who speak English in Mannheim and HD. PM me if you need recommendations becase the list of potential required specialists is endless and probably too boring for everyone here to see again. I work primarily in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen so my GP is in MA, Dirk Friedrich - super guy with very flexible hours and really great sense of humor.

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Ahh, I report myself to apostrophe abuse!

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Karlsruhe: Oststadt, Weststadt. One advice for Karlsruhe, if you are moving around with a stroller, have in mind that many of trams are not easily accessible for stroller. This was a big issue for us, limiting us to look for an apartment only at certain zones of the town. Only the newer trams(like line 1, 2, 4) are the low-rise one and one can enter and exit easily with the stroller. The others are high rise with two to three steps to climb. You can check the tram lines at www.kvv.de and those that are low rise have a note: "Niederflurwagen soweit verfügbar" Probably things will change in the future for the better and they will have "stroller" friendly trams on all lines. But who knows when will that happen.

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That is so helpful to know. Thanks.

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For comparison: In Mannheim all trams are low-floor and have room for strollers (except about 50% on line 5, but within Mannheim all but one stops of that line are covered by other lines too).

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I think if you want to live in Karlsruhe then Durlach is a better option. Green a little quiter for a family good transport connections, shops etc. and the damn city isn't completely dug up, you can move around without fear of falling in a hole, getting hit by a tram or having to dodge millions of people. They are doing major works in the city centre of Karlsruhe that aren't due to finsih for another 3-5 years but that keeps getting put back. I know there is an English speaking Gyno there could get the details if you need. Other than that it is 5 to 10 mintues on the tram and lots of RE and tram connections. They also have the best Medieval Xmas Market and Faschings Umzug. Flats are also a little cheaper and easier to get. If you want a flat in Karlsruhe be prepared to be herded through the flat for a 5 minute showing with 20 other people and fill an application out instantly while 20 other people stare at you like death warmed up while they fill theirs out.

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Hi everyone,

I continue to follow your comments, which are so useful. I've been searching for apartments in some of the neighborhoods mentioned in this thread. There's one particular thing that caught my attention, though: When compared to other neighborhoods, I found a significantly larger number of available apartments in Südstadt, nearing the limit with Oststadt, in Karlsruhe - somewhere around Marie-Juchacz-Straße (http://tinyurl.com/98yjmvb).

I have the impression that the reason for this is because the area seems to be very active in regards to new constructions. Nevertheless, I'd like to make sure that there's nothing "wrong" around there (potentially explaining the high availability). So does anyone have anything to say about that?

By the way, I'm looking in that part of the city because I realized that if really opt for Karlsruhe it would be nice to live near the A5, since I'll need to drive through it to go to work in Walldorf.

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Personally, I'd recommend a place just outside of Mannheim where we moved to like Ketsch if you have a car. The 5 min drive/10 min bike to the shopping hubs is worth it to enjoy the extra heaping of green around with a very kid and adult friendly community compared to living in Mannheim, IMO. I don't regret moving one bit. Especially with the rent-to-space ratio being nigh-godly and being able to chill on your balcony and see open green instead of another apartment building with people looking right at you while talking on their cells and smoking. Being down the road from Schewtzingen Castle is another added perk.

But if you really want to stay in Mannheim, I have to admit that Rheinau on the Ring side was convenient as heck while still having inner city access. The kindergarten was within earshot and I walked to my doctor's office in under 2 minutes and to the Penny, Rewe, Rossmann in another minute. You also have Lidl down the street. An Eis Cafe with the best Black Forest Sundae in the city, 2 good sized hair salons (I recommend Katja Weber. She has a passion for styling, speaks good English and an adorable personality though some of her other girls might do the job faster), a nice Aesthetics place to get waxed, is a 10 minute bike from a lake, has fields and woods just over the overpass on the ring side, a great Greek restaurant over the tracks, easy-as-hell ramp access to the 36 at both ends of the ring which will take you to the 6 or 656 and is the last stop for the #1 Strassenbahn which'll take you through Neckarau (McD's, Burger King, Big Lidl, Big Turkish Supermarket, Pfitzenmeir and McFit 24-hour Gym) stright to the Mannheim HbF.

Anyways, best of luck in your search. Have clients. :)

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I live in the Südweststadt of Karlsruhe, right next to a school actually (although it is a German school). The area is surrounded by a few tram lines, is quiet, and five minutes walk from some small supermarkets. It's close to a 20 minute walk from the town centre, but only five-10 on a tram. Heaps of English-speaking doctors all around KA too.

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For comparison: In Mannheim all trams are low-floor and have room for strollers (except about 50% on line 5, but within Mannheim all but one stops of that line are covered by other lines too).

This is true. An issue could be that not all of the tram stops have the curb raised to allow easy access into the tram (in places where this is the case, they are changing the tram stops so construction is taking place in certain places) or if it a tram stop that allows for 2 trams to stop, then if you have to get into the one in the back, then the sidewalk is not raised enough to get in. One example is at the Wasserturm stop heading towards the Wasserturm. The Strohmarkt stop also does not have a raised curb. Not sure if they'll fix this since Paradeplatz and Wasserturm stations do have raised curbs.

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Not sure if they'll fix this since Paradeplatz and Wasserturm stations do have raised curbs.

Stations Wasserturm, Strohmarkt, Paradeplatz and Rathaus/rem will be completely rebuilt as part of the full Planken restyling that they're pushing back a bit more every couple months. Current plans have it pushed back to 2015 iirc.

As for raised curbs, if you can't tilt your stroller up a single step of under 15cm, you're gonna be screwed in pretty much every situation anyway.

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