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City of Heidelberg
(Stadtverwaltung Heidelberg)
Rathaus, Marktplatz 10
69117 Heidelberg
Phone + 49 6221 58-10580
Fax +49 6221 58-10900

City's Administration Offices

Two women sitting in a coffee shop in the Old Town (Photo: Dorn)

Living in Heidelberg

A great place to live

Heidelberg is the center of life for around 160,000 people. The citizens of Heidelberg appreciate not only the world-famous beauty and scenic location of the Neckar city in the middle of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, but above all its quality of life. Heidelberg is a city of science and culture. It is particularly attractive for families, students, creative people and entrepreneurs from business, science and research. Those who live in Heidelberg have a home: a remarkable 97 percent of all Heidelberg residents feel at home in their city.

The City

The castle in cheerful autumn colours: View of the castle, the old city and the river Neckar (Photo: Dittmer)

Heidelberg offers the ideal combination of romanticism and twenty-first century reality and is widely considered to be one of Germany’s most beautiful cities.

Registration and Residence

Registration and residence

On changing residence you must be registered within two weeks at one of the local Administration Offices.


Volkshochschule Heidelberg

In Germany's oldest university town with ten universities and 38,000 students, education starts early. An impressive third of all Heidelberg residents have an academic degree.

Child Care

Children and their caretaker

It goes without saying that men and women should be able to reconcile family and working life – and the City of Heidelberg’s policies are aimed at making this possible. Heidelberg works with a wide range of partners to ensure a good balance.


Opening of the Intercultural Center (Interkulturelles Zentrum) (Photo: Rothe)

 Heidelberg has a real culture of welcome and acceptance, so even though the city’s population is becoming more diverse all the time, people feel at home here.


View of the Neuenheimer Feld (Photo: Rothe)

Patients from around the world value the excellent care available at specialized units attached to Heidelberg's university hospital.

Getting around

Pedestrian, cyclist and tram at the Brückenstraße stop in Heidelberg. (Photo: Diemer)

Distances are short in Heidelberg, and it is easy to get where you want to go on foot, by bicycle or on the city's bus and streetcar network.