Ingolstadt is situated in the middle of Bavaria, a successful business and university city and with 135,000 inhabitants it’s the fifth-largest municipality in Bavaria. Home to successful companies, at the same time very aware of its own history.
The good strategic location promoted Ingolstadt’s development over the centuries. It was the capital city of the Duchy of Bavaria-Ingolstadt, seat of the first Federal State university, a military garrison town and Bavarian fortress. European intellectual history was written at the university, the Bavarian Purity Law for beer was announced in Ingolstadt and the secret society of the Illuminati was established here. A multi-faceted history, which is still illustrated today with buildings in the city that are worth seeing.
At the same time Ingolstadt can look back over rapid economic development during the last few decades and has often been called a “boom town”. The largest employer and economic force is Audi AG, with many suppliers and development offices located in the surrounding area. Together with strong medium-sized enterprises, trade and business start-ups, the economy of Ingolstadt ensures that there is almost full employment on the regional labour market.
This also benefits the inhabitants; the city’s infrastructure is continually being expanded, new facilities such as a football stadium, ice hockey arena or sport and water parks have been built. A new conference centre should help to market the central location in Bavaria in conference tourism to a greater extent. With two universities of applied sciences, the university traditions are being continued. The range of cultural activities is also extensive with theatres, concerts, cinemas and cabarets. The museum landscape is also wide-ranging with eleven facilities.
Overall it’s worth living in this city, which although it can offer all the advantages of a major city, has at the same time retained the charm of an ancient Bavarian town.