From the Black Forest Highlands up to the eponymous Großen Heuberg mountain on the Swabian Alb, the Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region as a "green lung" is located centrally in Baden-Württemberg. It is one of the smallest regions that is not to be underestimated in any manner, however.
With its most southern corner, the Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region still touches the Schaffhausen canton and reaches across the mountains of the Upper Black Forest. On 2,529 square kilometers, the rural districts Rottweil, Tuttlingen and the Black Forest-Baar district are situated. 481,000 inhabitants live here in the picturesque mountains of the highest German low mountain range.
Easy to access because it is sited in the centre of Baden-Württemberg, the region benefits from a connection to the federal motorway network by the A81 motorway. This also provides the access to the Stuttgart, Basel and Zürich airports. Furthermore, the rail network is well developed and also provides a fast connection to Stuttgart and Basel.
The inhabitants of the Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region know about the high quality of life which they owe to the rural structure. Also, the more than two million tourists recreating here annually appreciate low particulate matter emission, an intact biosystem and a varied offer of gastronomy and hotel sector. Besides hikers and sportsmen, also culture lovers will find what they are looking for, for example on the Donaueschingen music festival or in art collections created by regional top business people. The probably most famous work of German craftsmanship also comes from the Black Forest: the cuckoo clock.
Although the Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region is the smallest of the twelve regions in Baden-Württemberg, it numbers, together with the Stuttgart region, among the regions of the federal state with the highest proportion of manufacturing industries. The number of enterprises in the producing trade is clearly above the federal state average here. Particularly the medium-sized industry is stronger here than it is usual in the other regions.
The production of metal products, electric outfits and entertainment electronics products has developed to the most important industries. Furthermore, the most important medical technology cluster in Germany has developed around Tuttlingen. Further clusters have developed around the automotive industry, precision engineering, health care industry, plastics engineering and production technology industries. Besides, tourism is a main pillar.
The Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region has the second-highest available income in comparison with the other Baden-Württemberg regions.
The Black Forest-Baar-Heuberg region owes the high dynamics index among other things to its well-trained specialists. These are trained in various institutions. The region has two universities with a total of five locations and a college of music.