Information regarding the Kehl Economic Region

Kehl am Rhein – A Center of expertise in cross-border cooperation in the Upper Rhine Valley

Kehl, thanks to its privileged relationship with the neighboring city of Strasbourg, is known for encouraging a large variety of cross-border contacts. Many businesses have been drawn to our city – 2,500 French residents work in Kehl and more than 1,000 French citizens reside here – and this trend is likely to continue in the years to come. Kehl business owners, with over 45% of their clientele coming from Alsace, are among those who benefit most from the increase in cross-border relations along the Rhine. They are in a unique position within the Franco-German greater Strasbourg area, as well as, more generally, within the Upper Rhine Valley.

Excellent restaurants and a competitive hospitality sector guarantee that your visit, whether for business or pleasure, will be a positive one. And if you like the outdoors, why not head out and discover Kehl's surroundings. From the lowland forests of the Rhine and the braided old Rhine, extending over 75 miles and largely accessible on bike and on foot, to the numerous gravel pits and other swimming holes where the locals go in summer, Kehl has something for everyone. Feel like heading further afield? Possible day trips include sites as varied as the vineyards of Alsace and the German Ortenau district, the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains, or the cultural centers of Strasbourg, Freiburg and Baden-Baden.

Kehl: An Upper Rhine transport hub

Bahnhof Kehl

Important markets depend on an efficient transport network. Thanks to its geographic position in the heart of Europe and its advantageous topography, the Upper Rhine region is one of the most important major European thoroughfares. It connects European Union member states from the north and the south of the continent. The economic center of Kehl is particularly well integrated in this transport network whether from a regional, national or international point of view. A direct connection exists between the French and German highway systems, linking the A5 (Basel-Frankfurt) and the A4 (Strasbourg-Paris). Major regional centers are accessible from the B 28 (Kehl-Ulm) and the B 36 (Lahr-Karlsruhe). Since 2002, a new bridge over the Rhine has greatly improved cross-border transport connections. The Kehl train station is served by the regional and long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn AG.

Kehl's position within this transport network is further strengthened by the proximity of the Strasbourg and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airports, allowing rapid and easy access to major national and European centers.

Hafen Kehl

This multi-modal picture of our city is completed by the Rhine Port of Kehl. This modern inland port provides direct access to the principal navigable waterway in Europe. Situated at a crossroads in the European transport network, our hub makes it possible to combine multiple modes of transport, to build national and international relationships and bring European markets closer together.


Kehl – Central to Research, Development and Training

The greater Kehl area is located in the heart of the trinational Upper Rhine Valley, and benefits, among other things, from its high density of post-secondary establishments and research centers. Education and research are important positive factors in the continuing success of our city. Kehl and, more generally, the Upper Rhine region are home to numerous institutions of higher learning, research centers, schools and professional training centers. Within a 75 km radius of Kehl, there are 125,000 students enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Within 125 km of Kehl, the number rises to 140,000 students enrolled in 61 universities and professional training centers. Actors in the Upper Rhine's dynamic economy maintain close contact with the over 600 research establishments in the region and form an effective mutually-beneficial partnership.

Businesses with a presence in Kehl benefit a great deal from this context of international cooperation. Infrastructure quality in Kehl and the broader region is an additional advantage for the development and competitivity of area businesses.
The neighboring cities of Strasbourg and Offenburg are both centers for higher education with specialties which include biotechnology, pharmacology, physics, electronics, mechanical engineering and bioinformatics.

Cross-border cooperation is particularly well developed in the area of education and training. EUCOR, a tri-national organization for Upper Rhine institutions of higher learning, facilitates and encourages exchange among students, teachers and researchers in the region.

In Kehl, the idea of a united Europe has begun to take shape. Local efforts to encourage cross-border cooperation have, among other things, helped to develop bilingual education in area schools. In Kindergarten, native French speakers share their language and culture with students. Later, in primary school, French is the first foreign language students begin to learn. French has been taught as first, rather than second, foreign language since 2001, with students taking two hours of class a week beginning in first grade.

Kehl families can also enroll their children for kindergarten and school in Strasbourg. Numerous establishments, including the Robert Schuman International School, offer Franco-German bilingual programs, which typically include a weekly minimum of 13 class-hours per language.

The first-rate infrastructure in Kehl and the surrounding area greatly facilitates professional recruitment and makes it easy to find qualified and multilingual employees.


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