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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.


Market woman conversing with a customer at the market stall. (Photo: Rothe)

Some 160,000 people live in this cosmopolitan city, including many families and a high proportion of graduates.

Leisure time

City beach on the Neckar with sun sails and deck chairs in the evening sun. (Photo: Dittmer)

Various leasure and culture offers, the rich gastronomic scene and the diverse shopping options shape the vitality of the "Little Big City" Heidelberg. 


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 a residential complex in Heidelberg's quarter the Bahnstadt.  (Photo: Frelet)

People are keen to come and live in Heidelberg. The city's housing policy is geared to encouraging incomers and preventing people from moving away.


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.


Polar bear figure promotes climate protection in Heidelberg.  (Photo: Stadt Heidelberg)

Protecting the physical and natural environment calls for a consistent approach – something for which Heidelberg has won a number of awards.

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.


Citizens conversing at the table. (Photo: Dittmer)

Heidelberg is developing in a historically unique way. Thereby, ambitious goals are pursued. 

Welcome Center

Building of Heidelberg's International Welcome Center. (Photo: Scheuermann)

The Foreigners Authority and the "Intercultural Center" are jointly presented as the "International Welcome Center Heidelberg" (IWCH).



In Heidelberg there is a multitude of events every day. This calendar is in German.