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Special - Spatial Planning and Energy for Communities in All Landscapes Town and Country Planning Association European Union

Knowledge Pool

Module 4: Implementation of Sustainable Planning

6. Good Practice Example: Transport in Bahnstadt Heidelberg (Germany)


Inner-city transport

Background, objectives, implementation measures and financing

Transport connection – Short routes and excellent infrastructure

Bahnstadt is one of Germany’s largest urban development projects. With the Bahnstadt campus, Heidelberg is reinforcing its position as the centre of science-based business. Internationally mobile scientists, business professionals and managerial staff will discover an attractive combination of working, residing and living on campus.
The Bahnstadt campus and SkyLabs are situated just under a kilometre from the Neuenheimer Feld area of Heidelberg where the university’s science-oriented faculties, clinics and research establishments are located.

Local public transport

A well-developed network of tram and bus lines connects Bahnstadt with the city centre and other districts and towns within the metropolitan area.

Footpaths and cycle paths

Accounting for a 30 percent share, bicycles are the most frequently used mode of inner-city transport in Heidelberg. The city is rapidly extending its 120 kilometre-long network of cycle paths into Bahnstadt so that pedestrians and cyclists in the new district are integrated via high-quality cycle paths and footpaths.

Connection to motorways, railways and airports

More remote destinations can also be reached quickly and straightforwardly from Bahnstadt thanks to the main station directly adjacent and the motorway very close by. A new access road means that the A5 motorway can be reached in less than ten minutes by car. Frankfurt airport is only a 50-minute car journey away. The journey to this international hub takes very little longer by long-distance train.