Mannheim with its 300,000 inhabitants is today the cultural and economic center of the seventh largest economic area of the Federal Republic. The central location in the border triangle of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg, the excellent transport links, the diverse cultural and culinary offerings have made Mannheim the metropolis of the Rhine-Neckar region and sought after host of numerous international congresses. Major well-known companies are located in and around Mannheim and reinforces Mannheim's position as an important business location. Mannheim is known beyond the city limits for its shopping mile. The Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, the State Museum of Technology and Labor and the Kunsthalle are essential parts of a vibrant cultural life of the city, as well as the National Theater. An excursion to the Mannheim Luisenpark, one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, will easily become a day-filling experience. The historic cities of Heidelberg, Worms and Speyer are only a 20-minute drive away. Mannheim is an ideal starting point for excursions into the Palatinate wine landscape for wine tastings and festivals or for boat trips on the Rhine.