The Stuttgart region lies in the heart of the federal state. This is where the political, economic and cultural pulse of Baden-Württemberg is.
The Stuttgart region is one of the most important and most successful economic locations of Europe and is known worldwide thanks to the two automobile manufacturers Daimler and Porsche. Besides the capital, it includes another four rural districts and reaches from Stromberg in the north to the Löwenstein mountains up to the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb. The area of 3,654 square kilometres is populated by 2.8 million people from 170 countries.
The infrastructure in the Stuttgart conurbation is optimally developed. It is connected to the federal motorway network by the A8 and the A81 motorways. Furthermore, it is a junction of important rail traffic routes. This aspect will become more important in future with the construction of the new Stuttgart railway station. Besides, the region has an international airport in Stuttgart, the capital by the same name. Thanks to the favourable situation in the middle of the federal state, further airports such as Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Munich and Frankfurt are within short distance. Also, there are three harbors, and thus a connection to the seaway, along the Neckar, a tributary of the Rhine.
Stuttgart is a region that offers a high quality of life. Its cultural programme can keep up with Germany's big metropolises without difficulty. Stuttgart has a great number of museums, theatres and stages. The Stuttgart national theater is the biggest three segment theater of the world and is brilliant internationally, particularly both with its classical and its modern ballet stagings. Also, nearby cities have cultural highlights to offer, like for example the Stihl gallery in Waiblingen, the literature museum in Marbach or the Ritter art museum in Waldenbuch. Nature lovers can quickly get to the hill landscape surrounding the city with the well-developed local transport network. Of course, the Swabians also know how to enjoy life: you can find thermal springs, vineries and a varied culinary offer in the Stuttgart region – from seasonal country restaurants to award-winning cuisine.
The Stuttgart region belongs to the most important high-tech locations worldwide. Characteristic for the region is the mixture of global players and unusually innovative and quality-conscious medium-sized enterprises. Enterprises of repute such as Daimler, Bosch, Porsche, Trumpf, Stihl or Festo have their headquarters here. Furthermore, the local economy is characterised by its export strength: the regional industry makes more than every second euro abroad.
The key industries of the region are the automotive industry, the mechanical engineering and the creative industry. Further industry emphases are biotechnology, financial management, health care, IT, logistics, production technology, environmental technology and air and space travel. Because the Stuttgart region has consistently developed its strengths and potentials in the last years, it also belongs to the leading locations in Europe in the important future industries and technologies such as the information, fuel cell, nano and medical technology. Numerous highly-innovative enterprises from these fields were founded here in the last years.
The Stuttgart region is the region with the highest innovation strength in Baden-Württemberg and in Germany. It has an excellent research landscape with numerous universities and research institutions developing path-breaking technologies.
In the conurbation, there are two universities, five colleges, the executive committee and the campus of the dual university, four art and music universities and six non-state universities. Next to the media and cinematic sciences with the cinematic academy in Ludwigsburg, particularly the engineering and natural sciences at the universities have an excellent reputation. Furthermore, five Fraunhofer Institutes, six research institutes of the German centre for air and space travel (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) as well as two Max Planck Institutes are resident here.