Facts and figures

Schwetzinger Terasse (Photo: Buck)

Bahnstadt in brief

Bahnstadt is a residential, scientific and commercial district located conveniently close to downtown Heidelberg. It is a pioneer in eco-friendly urban development. Its buildings are constructed to the ultra-green Passivhaus standard, and energy in the district is managed according to a sustainable energy concept.


Bahnstadt is one of the largest urban development projects in Germany, occupying an area bigger than Heidelberg’s entire Old Town. An estimated two billion euros are being invested in the district’s various public and private construction projects.

  • Total area: 116 hectares,
  • of which 60 hectares were marketed by the development body EGH.
  • Of those 60 hectares:
  • Residential: 9 hectares
  • Commercial: 16.5 hectares
  • Campus: 4.5 hectares
  • Open spaces: 16 hectares
  • Social infrastructure: 3 hectares
  • Road network: 11 hectares
  • Public institutions: 3 nurseries, 1 primary school, 1 community center, 3 playgrounds


Bahnstadt is centrally located in Heidelberg. It is on the site of the old railway shunting and freight yard in the south-west of Heidelberg’s city center. The district adjoins Heidelberg Central Station on one side, and on the other, open fields. The city’s Old Town is less than two kilometers away.

Bahnstadt enjoys good transport links. Autobahn A5, leading north to Frankfurt or south to the Walldorfer Kreuz intersection, is less than 10 minutes away. Bahnstadt will be well served by trams and buses. It is also immediately adjacent to Heidelberg’s main train station.

Organizational structure

The City of Heidelberg set up the development body EGH to develop and market the majority of the plots in Bahnstadt. EGH is a consortium consisting of the savings bank Sparkasse Heidelberg, the property company LBBW Immobilien Management GmbH, and the municipal housing company GGH.