Study in Ludwigshafen, the Economic Powerhouse of the Metropolitan Rhein-Neckar Region
Ludwigshafen is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is located on the Rhine river opposite Mannheim; With Mannheim, Heidelberg and the surrounding region, it forms the Rhine Neckar Area - the center of the metropolitan Rhein-Neckar region, an economic powerhouse with over 134,000 companies, excellent infrastructure, and around 770,000 workers. Ludwigshafen am Rhein is a young city. It was first established in 1853 when the founding fathers laid the foundation of the Rheinchanze bridgehead and the winter harbor. Its growth and wealth were linked to its expansion into becoming the home for one of the world's most important chemical companies – BASF, along with several other rapidly growing chemical companies.
The city centre of Ludwigshafen is comparatively small and dominated by post-war buildings. Its northern and southern boundaries are the Hochstraßen (highways on stilts), the Rhine is in the East and the main station is located in the West of downtown Ludwigshafen, at a walking distance of about 15 minutes from the central pedestrian precinct.
The economic success of the region is closely linked to Ludwigshafen’s superior scientific and research environment. With the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society and the Universities of Ludwigshafen Mannheim, and Heidelberg, and numerous external research institutions and educational establishments, the metropolitan Rhein-Neckar region is well known for its distinctive culture of innovation. National and international rankings continually confirm the quality of the local higher educational environment. Regionally rooted and internationally connected, the metropolitan Rhein-Neckar is a popular destination for students from Germany—and the entire world.
The Kurpfälzer Way of Life
In addition to the dynamic economy and high-caliber research and teaching, the region brings together history and culture with quality of life. Places of historical interest include Worms, the center of the Nibelungensage (ancient heraldic poem), Speyer, with the Kaiserdom cathedral, and the Hambacher Schloss, the birthplace of German democracy. The Pfälzer forest, picturesque wine villages, and the proximity to the Odenwald and Alsace enchant visitors with delightful landscapes, a Mediterranean-like climate, culinary delicacies, and a wide range of recreational activities.
Culturally, Ludwigshafen itself has much to offer. With the appointment of Hansgünther Heyme as director of the Pfalzbau Theater, the Ludwigshafen Festival was launched. Its popularity radiates far beyond the city limits. The nationally renowned Wilhelm-Hack-Museum features interesting visiting exhibitions, which regularly attract large audiences. The German Film Festival on the Parkinsel is one of the loveliest festivals in Germany. Ludwigshafen is also well ranked in competitive sports - in ice hockey, the German Hockey League (DEL) record holder Adler Mannheim celebrates home games in the SAP arena and the Rhein-Neckar Lions handball team plays in the first division of the national German league.