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.