Where is Reutlingen?

Reutlingen and the surrounding area

The city of Reutlingen is situated in an attractive region at the foot of the range of hills known as the Swabian Alb, near to the valley of the river Neckar.

Reutlingen can trace its roots back to the 5th and 6th centuries. Nowadays it is a modern industrial centre with a strong service sector; it has more than 110,000 inhabitants and provides employment for 50,000 people, making it the biggest economic hub in the south Württemberg area. Reutlingen offers outstanding shopping facilities, a large market - held twice weekly - , a prize winning library, numerous museums and a multitude of cafes, restaurants and bistros. Service industries and trade are the city's main hallmarks. Art, music, dance, ballet and opera can be enjoyed in  the state capital Stuttgart, around 40 km to the north, and in Reutlingen's neighbouring city of Tübingen.

The Tübingen-Reutlingen Technology Park, known locally as the TTR, is situated on the edge of the town and serves as a link between Reutlingen and the university town of Tübingen. The TTR is an important factor in the regional economy. Interdisciplinary and applied research projects, together with the dynamic transfer of know-how and technology, all combine to make Reutlingen an important innovative workshop for the future. Close cooperation between the academic and business worlds creates an exceptionally favourable environment for young entrepreneurs.

Linguistically, Reutlingen is in the centre of the Swabian speaking area, and a number of variants of the Swabian dialect can be heard around town. Many local people speak Swabian as a matter of course,  which newcomers may find difficult to understand. International students should be prepared for an initial period of linguistic acclimatisation!

Baden-Württemberg

The federal state of Baden-Württemberg, where Reutlingen is located, lies in southwest Germany and is one of the most economically-important regions in the country.

It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Germany, and is a top-performer in the production of export goods and in the field of research and development. Baden-Württemberg is home to some of the largest globally-known producers of industrial goods, especially in the automobile, consumer electronics, chemical, textile, and biotechnology industries. In addition to international corporations such as Daimler, Porsche, and Bosch, the majority of the companies in Baden-Württemberg are small to medium in size, and thrive from the worldwide exportation of their industry-leading niche products.

The state is also proud of its culture and hospitality, as home to over 25% of the Michelin star-rated restaurants and 5 of the 10 best hotels in Germany. The universities in Tübingen and Heidelberg are among the oldest in the country and the Stuttgart Ballet and Stuttgart State Opera are two of the finest examples of German-language Theater in the world. From the Black Forest with its ancient city of Freiburg and hot springs in Baden-Baden, to the Swabian Alb Mountains and the Rhein River Valley, to the picturesque Donau and Neckar rivers and the Lake of Constance, Baden-Württemberg's natural wonders draw millions of visitors each year. The Alps, easily accessible from Reutlingen, make for a memorable excursion no matter what time of year. Baden-Württemberg is known throughout Germany for its excellent locally-produced wines, and its flavorful Swabian cuisine offers something for everyone.

Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe and has a total population of approximately 82 million people.

Germany's position as a geographical link between Eastern and Western Europe as well as between Scandinavia and the Mediterranean has become even more clearly defined since reunification in 1989. As one of the founding members of what is today, the European Union, Germany plays a leading role in European political affairs and hosts the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Germany consists of 16 federal states, known as "Länder", each with its own capital. The national capital of the Federal Republic is Berlin. The nation covers an area of 357,000 km²; it is the 63rd largest country in the world, the 7th largest in Europe, and the 4th largest in the European Union. Germany has a population of about 82.4 million. While this figure is declining, Germany is still the 14th most populous country in the world and the second-most populous in Europe (after Russia), and the most populous in the European Union. Its economy is very strong, with the world's third-largest nominal GDP bolstering the world's best export total and second-best import total.

German is the most-spoken native language in the European Union and the second-most spoken language overall (first place is English as a first or second language is spoken by over half of EU residents.)

Germany has a multitude of landscapes and natural wonders. From the north to the south, the country is divided into five regions with particular topographic characteristics: the northern lowlands, the highlands in the middle, the elevated plains in the southwest, the foothills of the Alps in the south, and the Allgäu region of Bavaria. Germany is situated in the moderately cool west wind zone between the Atlantic Ocean and the continental climate in the East. The weather is typical of a continental climate: expect periods of cold (down to -20°/-4°) in winter, whereas in summer temperatures of 30°/86° and above are quite common.

Photo Baden-Württemberg: ©Dieter Poschmann/PIXELIO; Photo Germany: ©magicpen/PIXELIO; other photos: ©city of Reutlingen