Ludwigshafen is a large city in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, known for being an industrial city situated on the Rhine River. It is for this reason often simply referred to as ‘the Stadt am Rhein’, which means ‘the city on the Rhine’. The city has plenty to offer to expats living in Ludwigshafen who will be able to enjoy a number of attractions including the Wilhelm-Hack Museum which has a number of excellent art and other exhibitions as well many historical buildings, including the Lutherkirche, a former church which was partially destroyed in World War II. Its remaining tower now serves as a memorial, a restaurant and an important part of the city skyline. Ludwigshafen is home to the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz – the German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate, whilst theater is also an important part of the city’s culture. Ludwigshafen additionally has a number of beautiful parks, providing plenty of outdoor space in the city for the nature loving expatriate in Ludwigshafen.
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Ludwigshafen is considered to be a fantastic city to live in, with the cost of living comparable to the rest of Germany and many housing options for expats moving to Ludwigshafen looking to rent or buy property. For expatriates moving to Ludwigshafen with families, there are a number of recommended schools in the area, as well as international schools located in the Rhineland-Palatinate region. The nearest university is in nearby Mannheim, although many students tend to live in Ludwigshafen. Ludwigshafen is very well connected to the rest of Germany with easy access to the autobahn, as well as being accessible by rail. Within the city, the public transport system is highly recommended, with tram routes, including underground trams, and an extensive bus network. The climate in Ludwigshafen is considered to be mild, although it can get cold in the winter, as well as being susceptible to rain. Expats moving to Ludwigshafen will benefit from joining InterNations where they can connect, socialize and network online with fellow expatriates who may be able to help with advice and information about moving to the city or Germany in general.
Expats working in Ludwigshafen will find that the city is highly industrial, with the biggest employer in the city being the BASF plant, a large chemical company. There are a number of other large companies based in the area which also deal with chemical production and who are a major source of employment in the area. Ludwigshafen is also known for having a strong engineering industry, with work available in areas such as electrical engineering, technology, mechanical engineering and more. The region also produces various food and drink products. Finding out about working as an expat in Ludwigshafen can be difficult if you’re new to the area. The InterNations website exists to make life easier for expatriates and help them get in touch with one another, enabling expats living in Ludwigshafen to exchange information about work and life abroad, for example in Ludwigshafen or Germany as a whole.