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Calender of Events

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Heidelberg is home to around 150,000 people. The locals appreciate its world-renowned beauty and idyllic setting on the river Neckar at the heart of the 'Rhine-Neckar Triangle', but what they value most is the quality of life that the city offers. This cosmopolitan, friendly, people-oriented and vibrant university city is made up of 15 distinct neighborhoods and is particularly attractive to families, students, those in the creative industries, business people, and academics and researchers. And people genuinely feel at home here: in recent surveys, no fewer than 96 percent of all Heidelbergers said they loved living in the city.

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07-11-2013

The City Hall

Heidelberg's City Hall ('Rathaus') is located right on the bustling Market Square against the backdrop of the historic Old Town, the world-famous Castle ruins and the banks of the river Neckar. It is the focal point for local politics and the headquarters of the city's administrative services. For residents of the Old Town, it is also their local municipal headquarters, the 'little city hall', as it is known: each neighborhood has one, so locals do not have to travel too far for help and advice. It is a people-oriented approach to local government that is also reflected in a comprehensive range of online services, regular consultations with the Mayor, a variety of different policymaking bodies and, last but not least, Heidelberg's approach to encouraging residents to become involved in local affairs.

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Heidelberg is a city of science and has been for many years. Germany’s oldest university city has ten higher education establishments and over 30,000 students. Education starts at an early age: Heidelberg has the country’s best childcare provisions. Its universities are also world-beaters: academic staff based here have won no fewer than ten Nobel prizes. As recently as June 2012, the city’s Ruprecht Karl University was again awarded ‘elite establishment’ status under Germany’s Excellence in Higher Education initiative. An impressive one in five of all Heidelbergers have a university qualification

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Whether you're eating and drinking, shopping or enjoying the cultural scene and leisure facilities, you can't fail to pick upon the vibrancy of this compact city. The international music festival 'Heidelberg Spring' ('Heidelberger Frühling') caters for all classical and contemporary music tastes, while the international literary festival is a 'must' for all book-lovers, and the theatre in the Old Town offers the full range of music, drama and dance performances. The building itself reopened in 2012 following an extensive refurbishment and expansion made possible by the unprecedented commitment of private individuals across Germany. Of course, Heidelberg caters for the body as well as the mind, offering sports facilities and opportunities for relaxation in the surrounding countryside as well as hugely popular town and neighborhood festivals.

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07-11-2013

Visit Heidelberg

Whether you come to Heidelberg on business or as a tourist, you will find it is a city that – in the words of J.W. Goethe, one of Germany's greatest writers – has "something ideal" about it. Asked to name their favorite destination in Germany, visitors from abroad consistently choose Heidelberg Castle. And no fewer than three million people come to Heidelberg every year, drawn by the historical flair of this university city, with its stunning setting, wide range of entertainments, superb shopping, and restaurants to meet every taste. It is a dynamic city that is constantly developing – in terms of architecture, business activities and ideas.

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