Ludwigshafen (Rhein) is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Ludwigshafen is close to Mannheim. It lies in the east of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is a big city on the west side of the Rhine (population: approx. 164.000). Ludwigshafen is famous for its chemical industry, especially the BASF. Ludwigshafen lies on the border to Baden-Württemberg. It is to the south of Worms and to the east of Kaiserslautern. It is near the Palatinate Forest.
Ludwigshafen does not have an airport. If you get in by train, you will have to change to a local train or a suburban train in Mannheim, because intercity trains don't stop at Luwigshafen. Mannheim, however, is a very important train station, so you won't have any problems to get into Ludwigshafen. If you want to travel by taxi, you can get one at Ludwigshafen main station, if you prefer to travel by tram or bus, go to "Ludwigshafen Mitte" with suburban train (RE) S1 or S3 or take a tram right in front of Mannheim's central station.
There are a lot of different possibilities to get around in Ludwigshafen. There are several tram lines which connect Mannheim and Ludwigshafen and its city districts from morning til night. The centre for most means of transportation is the "Berliner Platz." There are tram lines, busses and the train station "Ludwigshafen Mitte." You can also find taxis there. If you get in by regional train, you might prefer to get out at Ludwigshafen Mitte, because the main station is not so well connected to the bus lines. But you will always get a taxi there.
The game park (Wildpark)close to Rheingönheim is an eventful experience for the whole family. You reach it by bike, public transport or car. There are many animals which can be stroked or fed, e.g. goats and donkeys. The animals are from Germany but also from some foreign countries. There are also restaurants, where you can eat delicious food and ice-cream. The game park has many safe play areas for children. You can relaxe on the lawn and have a picnic, or take beautiful pictures of the great landscape.
Ludwigshafen is situated at the bank of the Rhine. You can sit at the beach on the Parkinsel and watch the ships or you could take a boat tour on the river.
Ludwigshafen is not exactly the place for a great shopping experience, but it has a well-known shopping mall. The "Rhein Galerie" which is situated at the river bank, next to the city centre and opposite Mannheim. It has been open since September 2010 and is a great option when the weather is not good enough for walking through the many shopping streets of Mannheim. There are many stores which you will also find everywhere else, mostly fashion, but there are some special places such as a Swiss supermarket. At the entrance there is a bar called "Sunset Lounge" where you can have nice drinks and enjoy the view on the Rhein. If you have a car, you can park it in the "Park and Ride" area. In the middle of the building there is a nice food court.
There are some nice options for having a drink. You can go into nice cafes like the bubbles café oder into a pub like the Ireland's Own Irish Pub. If you prefer a place with a dancefloor, you will enjoy the Loft Club. Within close reach are also the cafe, bars and clubs of Mannheim. One will find significantly more options for going out there.