City of Heidelberg

Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque ensemble of the castle, the Old Town, and the river Neckar surrounded by hills, which inspired the poets and artists of romanticism, still fascinates millions of visitors from all over the world today. But there’s more to Heidelberg than romanticism.

Heidelberg is a city of science. It is home to Germany’s oldest university, as well as to numerous others, and to a host of internationally renowned research institutes and research-based companies. The International Building Exhibition (IBA) shows the city and the scientific community working together even more closely in the future.

Heidelberg is international. About 11.8 million visitors from all over the world come to the city each year. The population, too, is international: an estimated 56,000 of Heidelberg’s inhabitants have an immigrant background – many of them are scientists and students.

Heidelberg is green. The combination of attractive countryside, favorable climate and urban lifestyle makes Heidelberg one of the leading cities in Germany in terms of leisure value. In addition, the city has received multiple awards for its commitment to the environment.

Heidelberg has a history. First mentioned in 1196, Heidelberg was planned and built, together with the castle, in the 13th century. Heidelberg’s heyday as the capital of the Electoral Palatinate began not least with the foundation of the university – today the oldest in Germany – in 1386. Heidelberg was one of the few major German cities to be largely spared the destruction of the World War II. The City of Heidelberg is divided into 15 districts.

Consistently green and clean

Heidelberg is active: Concern for the environment and climate has a long tradition in Heidelberg. Over the decades, together with its many network partners, the city has established a reputation as a center of environment and sustainability. In 1992, Heidelberg was the first city in Germany to introduce a municipal climate protection concept. At the moment, the world‘s largest passive-house project is under construction in Heidelberg’s new district “Bahnstadt”, which received the international Passive House Award as Passive House Region of the year 2014. In addition, Heidelberg has already received the European Sustainable City Award twice and is one of the model municipalities involved in the “Master Plan for 100% Climate Protection” of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. In2015, Heidelbergwas honored with the Global Green City Award at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. This award is annually given to at least one city that has contributed to sustainable development.

Heidelberg is consistent: Ecological aspects take center stage in Heidelberg whenever it comes to nurturing the local flora and fauna – within the framework of the city’s biodiversity plan or in the biotope networking program, for example. Home insulation or rainwater usage measures are supported through funding programs. And: Heidelberg is educating the next generation.The Education for Sustainable Development program is designed to teach children from an early age how their behavior effects the environment; and the popular series of events titled “Natürlich Heidelberg” (“Heidelberg…naturally”) teaches parents and children the importance of nature and environment protection.

Heidelberg is clean: This is the result of cooperation. On the one hand, the city provides not only a hotline to answer any questions residents may have concerning cleanliness or garbage, but also a comprehensive and reliable garbage disposal and city cleaning service with comparatively low charges. On the other hand, the residents demonstrate the strength of their commitment in community action events, such as the spring clean and by carefully separating their garbage. This, in turn, contributes to sustainable recycling: Heidelberg’s organic waste is turned into high-quality compost.

Source : Heidelberg official website


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