Walldorf is famous as the birthplace of John Jacob Astor, who at the time of his death in 1848 was the wealthiest man in the United States. He bequeathed money to set up an orphanage and poorhouse in Walldorf, the Astorhaus, which now operates as a museum. Astor's descendants also used the Americanised version of the Waldorf name for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Waldorf salad, and Waldorf schools. Walldorf in Germany however has turned from a small medieval town into one of the country’s wealthiest, with international companies, like SAP, headquartering here. Well-connected to road and rail, it makes a convenient destination from the business centres of the region.
Location: A picturesque town in the Rhine-Neckar triangle
Walldorf is centrally located in the heart of the Metropolitan Region of Rhine-Neckar, one of the most influential economic regions in Germany. It has one of the most attractive landscapes and a host of cultural offerings. The town is conveniently situated on the intersection of the A5 and A6 motorways, with good transport links and excellent infrastructure. The beautiful university town of Heidelberg is only 15 kilometres away, and Mannheim City Airport just 27 kilometres.
Business: Variety is the spice of life!
Walldorf is probably best known as home to the headquarters of the world's third largest software company SAP. As well as housing other famous brands, such as Heidelberg Druckmaschinen printing company, and IKEA, the town has a lively mix of industries and is the fastest growing location in the Rhine-Neckar region. It is an attractive location for businesses for several reasons: its location, infrastructure, high standard of living, and reputation in the hi-tech industries as well as being environmentally aware are all strong draws.
Culture: Take a walk back in time
The well-known Astorhaus, now home to a local history museum, is one of the main sights of the town. Other sights include the Neo-gothic Evangelical church, built in 1858/61, as well as the even older Catholic Church from the late Baroque period, built in 1787/91. Lovers of architecture will want to see the houses built in traditional half-timbered style. There are also regular classical music concerts, music festivals, art exhibitions, as well as a cinema and theatre.
Activities: thrills and spills or kick back and relax
Relax in the swimming pool and spa complex of AQWA with its indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam rooms, and spa. Enjoy the thrills of the motocross and gokart track, and visit the animals in the wildlife park. Not forgetting, of course, to taste the white asparagus, for which Walldorf is famous, which can be enjoyed between April and June.