City of Ludwigsburg

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The department of sustainable city development and the departmend of building construction and management of the German city of Ludwigsburg are one project partner in the CEC5 project


Official name of institution and involved department

City of Ludwigsburg
Department of Sutainable City Development
Department of Building Construction and Management

Type of organization


Location of organization

The city of Ludwigsburg is a medium-size town and significant administrative centre with about 90,000 inhabitants. It is situated in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, in the Stuttgart metropolitan region, one of the most urbanized regions in Europe with strong economic powers, a high quality of life and ongoing in-migration.

Town history and local identity

The City of Ludwigsburg was founded in the 18th century as a baroque residency and centrally planned city. After the residency was relocated to Stuttgart, it developed into a garrison town. Due to growth of population and housing shortages, low priced housing was quickly been built after the war. During the 1960s and 70s, functional office buildings, schools and administrational buildings emerged. Because of its history, Ludwigsburg features many listed buildings and post war housing estates that place special demands on energy-efficient renovation. After withdrawal of the military in the 1990s, the inner city barracks were converted and various uses settled there (music school, film and media centre, start up centre, art, culture). Due to monument protection, energy-efficient renovation only took place partly. Later, former barrack sites (e.g. Rotbäumlesfeld, Hartenecker Höhe) were converted into modern housing areas with configurations like nature-oriented rainwater management and roof greening.

Settlement and transport structures
Ludwigsburg is part of a regional development axis and, according to the regional plan, a regionally important growth pole for industry, commerce, services and housing. The city is very well connected to the regional road network with direct feeders to national (A81) and state (B27) motorways and to the railway system (S-Bahn lines S4/ S5). National and international trains and airplanes depart from Stuttgart. Local railways sidings and shipping peers at the river Neckar are available for the transport of goods. Alongside the motorways, there are considerable gas, dust particles and noise emissions. Fragmented landscapes and spatial barriers add to an increase in energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

In Ludwigsburg, the change from industry to service society has successfully been carried out. The city is well-integrated into the economic network of stuttgart region and because it is so attractive, more people commute in than out. The five key industries are: automotive suppliers, engineering, finance, software development and media. Trade is also a large employer. In The Western part of Ludwigsburg, an economic cluster "Zukunftspark Energie und Elektromobilität" (business park energy and electromobility) was formed that attracts new firms from the fields of "energy efficiency", "electromobility", "eco-design" and "green industry".

Experiences in EU projects

Experience status

Project partner collaboration experience

Topics of interest and experience

  • Sustainable building and neighbourhoods

Projects already involved in

During the last years, Ludwigsburg has successfully taken part in various research and funding projects on energy and climate, among others in several EU projects. The ongoing projects are managed by the cross-sectoral department for sustainable development. They are aligned with the goals of the Urban Development Strategy, act as sources for inspiration and contribute to improve the citywide energy efficiency.

Funding: EU programme Intelligent Energies II
Theme: Development of "Local Energy Action Plans" 10/2008 - 2011

Development of GIS-based governance instrument 03/2010 - 02/2013

Sustainable refurbishment of historical buildings 09/2008 - 2014

Grünbühl/ Sonnenberg

Theme: Development of integrated energy concepts for urban districts, focus mobilisation of owners, stress on Oststadt/ Schlößlesfeld 05/2010 - 04/2013

Energy efficiency and renewable energy through application in public buildings, demonstration building “Gartenstraße 14” (part of the primary school area of the inner city)

Homepage of organization

Homepage of city of Ludwigsburg