Ilmenau is family friendly

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City life in the green idyll

Ilmenau lies in the “green heart” of Germany, logistically well connected in the Thuringian Forest. The university town offers numerous sights, historical places and an incomparable experience of nature, not only because of the surrounding area. Cities such as Erfurt, Weimar and Jena are also quick and easy to reach by car and train.

In addition to the good infrastructure, Ilmenau is also a wonderful place to raise children, to do sports or to follow in Goethe’s footsteps.

Ilmenau has something to offer families.
This is the result of a study for a magazine from Berlin.

In the search for the „most family-friendly cities in Germany“ in the areas of childcare and education, traffic infrastructure and public transport as well as affordable housing, the city of Ilmenau came in second behind Passau and ahead of Freising, Bayreuth and Reichenbach, the city administration announced.

The magazine Kommunal from Berlin came to the conclusion that Ilmenau had a stable population development, and that the economic and social conditions were above average. Ilmenau has many day-care centers, schools, technology companies and commercial enterprises. The number of school, training and study drop-outs is low. This means that Ilmenau offers very good educational and career opportunities.

The train connection leads in 50 minutes to the state capital Erfurt or in two hours to Bavaria. The magazine commissioned the Contor company to examine 585 medium-sized towns (20,000 to 75,000 inhabitants) on the basis of 67 location factors.

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Source: Thüringer Allgemeine of 15.05.2020

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An Ilmenau view from the Sturmheide to the tower of the Jakobuskirche.

Photo: Ralf Ehrlich

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