Ludwigshafen is a former industrial city that gained enormous momentum due to its ideal transport facilities on the Rhine River. Together with Mannheim and Heidelberg, the city forms the Rhein-Neckar Triangle, a polycentric metropolitan region between the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main and the Stuttgart regions. Celtic and Germanic tribes have settled in the Rhine-Neckar area since ancient times, and the Roman fort constructed in the 1st century BC continues to generate intrigue. The town’s picturesque promenade serves a number of uses and is favoured by energy-conscious locals and romantics out for a stroll. An art museum with a rich collection of modern art together with an international Philharmonic orchestra promote a cultural vibe the town’s utopian thinker and favourite son Ernst Bloch would have been proud of.
Location: On the Rhine River opposite Mannheim
Apart from the Mannheim Regional Airport, Ludwigshafen is well connected with the Frankfurt international Airport, a little over an hour away by car or train. It is in the heart of the Electoral Palatinate, one of the country’s most impressive regions of Roman history.
Business: The most important harbour west of the Rhine
With over 90,000 harbour, trade and industry employees in Ludwigshafen, the local industry depends on shipping raw materials and products via the river. However, the town is also home to BASF, the world's leading chemical company that is by far the most important employer in the city, and produces fertilizers, dye, coolants, and other chemical substances.
Culture: A cradle of modern art
Housing collections covering all the periods from antiquity to modern and contemporary art, the Wilhelm-Hack Museum is the municipal art museum. The emblematic ceramic mural covering the entire south-east façade, the Miró Wall, was installed in 1979. It is made of 7,200 ceramic tiles and was designed by the Catalan artist Joan Miró with the collaboration of ceramist Joan Gardy Artigas. Due to its collection of masterpieces by, Malevich, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol among others, the Wilhelm-Hack Museum is today the most prominent museum of 20th century art in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Activities: All kinds of outdoor activities and a Philharmonic Orchestra
The promenade area along the river is the best place for cycling, jogging, or just a leisurely stroll watching the river boats go by. There are a large number of municipal parks in the city and a few architectural landmarks, such as the Ludwigshafen Hauptbahnhof, a huge railroad and underground station with an impressive pylon bridge pier. The Pfalzbau building is also very special, but not only for its architecture—it houses the German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, the region’s leading Symphony Orchestra that boasts 86 musicians from 16 nations.