City of Ingolstadt

What do Frankenstein, the beer purity law and the famous four-ringed car brand have in common?

They all come from Ingolstadt!


Ingolstadt has a healthy economic structure and is proud to be the German city with the lowest unemployment rate. Positive development in the automotive industry and a strong base of medium-sized companies are the main influences that have shaped the city's strengths. A number of studies and ranking tables give top ratings in many areas to the city that straddles the Danube. Ingolstadt is also a respected university city and has an ample supply of commercial space. Its impressive historic old town center and spacious inner-city parks contribute to a distinctly agreeable quality of life.

Well-preserved fortifications, a royal residence and a venerable university give the compact city of Ingolstadt an attractive face in keeping with its vibrant and classy cultural offerings. The oldest German food law was proclaimed here in 1516; and even Frankenstein is said to have roamed the old town center in the dead of night. The picturesque patchwork of historic town houses in the city's medieval heart is framed by a generously dimensioned green belt, including the Glacis ring and the Klenzepark. Ingolstadt's historic treasures include the Kreuztor – the emblem of the city – the Herzogskasten (former ducal palace), the New Castle and the Anatomical Institute, which houses the German Museum of the History of Medicine. The city's sporting achievements too are worth a second look, with football club FC 04 gracing the Bundesliga, while ice hockey outfit ERC Ingolstadt won the German championship in 2014.

Ingolstadt is right in the heart of Bavaria, straddling the Danube and nestled in a scenic greenbelt © IFG Ingolstadt/Schalles

A dynamic business location, Ingolstadt is also a growing venue for higher education. Its infrastructure is excellent. The A9 freeway, a regular stop on the high-speed ICE line from Munich to Berlin and a regional airport make the city one of the most attractive places to invest in Germany. Key aspects of the local economy include a powerful, innovative automotive industry, a robust array of medium-sized companies and a broad spectrum of service providers, retail enterprises and craft firms.

Audi, the city's biggest employer, and a phalanx of automotive suppliers are among the heaviest investors in production, development and logistics here. At the same time, high-tech medicine is enjoying extremely gratifying development in the healthcare sector, as is the city's main hospital. Tourism in Ingolstadt is flourishing.




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Who to contact

Norbert Forster

IFG Ingolstadt AöR
Managing Director

Phone +49 (0)841 3053000

Karl Heigl

IFG Ingolstadt AöR
Commercial Space Consulting

Phone: +49 (0)841 3053042

Maike Weiland

IFG Ingolstadt AöR
Economic Development
Corporate Communication

Phone +49 (0)841 3053010