Tradition and innovation, landscape and urbanisation – the Rhine-Neckar region as the most northern one of the twelve regions offers everything that makes life worth living. Or as the region puts it: "Upgrade your life."
In the climatically blessed region in the north of Baden-Württemberg, three federal states and four viticulture fields merge. The metropolis region that extends over the federal state borders of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse accommodates 2.35 millions of inhabitants on 5,637 square kilometres. In the Baden-Württemberg part, more than 1.1 million inhabitants live on 2,442 square kilometres.
The Rhine-Neckar region is perfectly accessible due to its central situation both in Germany and in Europe. The individual and delivery traffic is secured thanks to the connection to the federal motorway network with the A5, A61, A65 and A67 motorways. About 240 long-distance traffic trains a day, connecting the region to the rest of Germany and to Europe, leave the Mannheim central station, the second largest German ICE terminal. The regional Mannheim City airport offers intra-German flights, the very close Frankfurt airport international flights. Furthermore, the Mannheim/Ludwigshafen harbour centre offers a connection to the seaway and to the international freight traffic.
The advertising slogan "Upgrade your life" illustrates the high standard of living in the region. Not only the weather and the wine contribute their part to that. The inhabitants also benefit from low crime statistics, 200 castles, cathedrals and castles, three nearby nature park and a great number of museums, stages and three world cultural heritage sites (emperor’s cathedral in Speyer, Lorsch cloister and pper-Germanic-Rhaetian Limes).
The Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is one of Germany's most important economic locations. Besides a broad segment of small and medium-sized enterprises, more than average stock exchange-noted enterprises have their head offices here. The best known company groups are BASF and SAP, and also Bilfinger, Heidelberg Cement, Freudenberg & Co. or Roche. Furthermore, the region is also the home of many hidden champions and innovative start-ups. In the Baden-Württemberg comparison, the part of service providers and particularly enterprise service providers is higher than on average in the region, just as in the other metropolis regions.
The most important industries, around which clusters have developed, are among others chemistry, IT service providers, motor vehicle construction and life science.
In the Rhine-Neckar region, not only strong partners in business, but also an excellent scientific environment can be found. In total, 85,000 students strive for their degree at the institutions in the region. When looking at all federal states in the region, you will find 22 universities. Here, two universities, two colleges, one pedagogic university, two art and music universities, two dual universities and six non-state universities are allotted to the Baden-Württemberg part. In particular the Mannheim university is known for its exceptional training of the economic sciences and the Heidelberg university is ranks on place two of the elite universities in Germany as well as place 66 worldwide (QS world university ranking).