In Mannheim, you don't have to go down to the cellar for a laugh - but you can. The quirky theater oliv is Germany's first vaulted cellar theater.
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Surrounded by sandstone vaults, this is the venue for cabaret, music and plays by well-known playwrights such as Eugène Ionesco, Peter Turrini and Moritz Rinke. The theatre Oliv is Mannheim's cellar theatre on the spacious and lively Alte Messplatz. For the past 15 years, the theatre has mainly focused on presenting world premieres by regional writers on controversial contemporary topics that create the very special "Mannheim experience". The theatre is also known for its cabaret, musical performances, chanson evenings and wine tastings.
Top tip: From the theatre, the view over the Alte Messplatz falls directly onto the Alte Feuerwache, which takes on a very special glow at twilight. Sat in a beach chair or under one of the large umbrellas, it's easy to slip into the evening mood over a tarte flambée and a sundowner cocktail.