The cities of Krefeld and Mönchen­gladbach as well as the Districts of Kleve, Viersen, Wesel and the Rhein-Kreis Neuss shape the Niederrhein Region. This important economic region west of the Rhine combines urban and natural land­scapes, multi­modal infra­structure and innovative industries.

Niederrhein Region

Located in the far west of North Rhine-Westphalia, directly adjacent to the Netherlands, the Niederrhein Region is at the heart of Europe. However, it is far more than just its favorable location in the Rhineland metropolitan region with around 8.5 million people that makes the Niederrhein Region an attractive location for companies, investors and project developers. It is also the innovative companies with a global reputation spread across many sectors, the multimodal infrastructure with access to the Rhine and the mix of urbanity and nature with a high quality of life. Characteristic sectors in the Lower Rhine region are chemicals, mechanical engineering, logistics, energy, agribusiness, electrical engineering, textiles and clothing as well as tourism. Vibrant industry networks along the value chains and close links to a diverse university landscape keep the innovation engines running. One of the many positive consequences: The export rate is over 50 percent, and goods and products from the Lower Rhine can be found on all five continents.

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District of Kleve

Nestled in the distinctive landscape of the Lower Rhine, the District of Kleve is only 130 kilometres from the “Randstad“ area encompassing Amsterdam/Rotterdam. The industrial conurbations between Duisburg and Cologne/Bonn are just a stone’s throw away. This idyllic location in the European Single Market offers ideal prospects for entrepreneurial investment and plenty of commercial sites. Low tax multipliers are just one reason why the District of Kleve has been able to attract new companies in recent years. In Emmerich am Rhein and Goch in particular, logistics companies are taking advantage of the proximity to the highway. In Straelen, the proximity to the agribusiness segment is also seen as a driving force. Numerous global market leaders have their home in the District of Kleve and export from there all over the world. The District of Kleve is characterized by its direct proximity to the Netherlands, which has so far motivated more than 700 Dutch company directors to set up their business in the district.


Mönchengladbach is the largest city on the Lower Rhine. The catchment area reaches around 15 million people within a radius of 100 kilometers. The positive location and economic development is based on a dynamic and strong real estate location. This development can be seen, for example, in the opening of MINTO as a nationally significant shopping center, the further development of the high-quality Nordpark business park and the development of the Regiopark into one of the top logistics locations in Germany. Mönchengladbach Airport (MGL) is a driver of innovation for the city, including through various research projects relating to drones, air cabs and new, sustainable drives in aviation. The Hugo Junkers Hangar is also a spectacular event space at the Mönchengladbach Airport. The city always keeps an eye on current trends and challenges such as social stability, the transition to a knowledge society, climate protection and demographic stability in all developments, for example with the urban development strategy mg+ Growing City.


Krefeld is located at the intersection of the most important European economic and growth belts along the Rhine and the west-east axis connecting the major European cities. Germany's third-largest airport, Düsseldorf, with connections to over 180 destinations worldwide, can be reached in just 20 minutes via the A 44 and A 57 highways. The global ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp can be reached by ship from the Rhine port of Krefeld in just one day. The city is located in the Rhineland metropolitan region and, with its proximity to the state capital Düsseldorf, offers excellent location conditions for national and international companies. Krefeld is also a liveable and family-friendly city. The city boasts numerous green spaces and parks, a varied cultural and leisure offering and a wide-ranging educational landscape.With its Bauhaus architectural heritage, Krefeld has the ambition to combine architectural quality with the aspects of sustainable and healthy building in urban projects and construction plans.

District of Viersen

Vibrant life, unspoiled nature: that is the District of Viersen. Located in the heart of Europe, it is home to around 300,000 people. The district has excellent transport connections: A dense highway network connects it with the metropolitan areas of Düsseldorf and Cologne, the nearby Ruhr region and the Benelux countries. This means that major sales and procurement markets are in the immediate vicinity. Around 18 million people live within a radius of 100 kilometers.The airports of Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Niederrhein-Weeze can be reached within a short time. The inland ports of Duisburg, Düsseldorf-Neuss and Krefeld are not far from the district. There are fast connections to the seaports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp. Seven universities and colleges are located in the immediate vicinity. The District of Viersen is an up-and-coming economic area with a balanced mix of industries.

District of Wesel

An outstanding location in the region, even on a European scale - at the intersection of the Rhineland and Ruhr metropolitan areas and close to the Benelux countries - is a good argument for investors to commit to the District of Wesel. Added to this are new sites, moderate property prices and a convincing knowledge and education landscape on the Niederrhein Region. In addition, a charming environment with many natural and adventure areas ensures that "working and living in the countryside" is a reality here. The major cities on the Rhine and Ruhr also offer an urban environment with a diverse lifestyle. This makes the District of Wesel a convincing location, which is clearly underlined by the dynamic real estate market. The sale of commercial properties and existing commercial real estate is at a high level. Significant commercial settlements have been realized recently. The logistics sector in particular has seized the opportunities for development here, thereby consolidating the already strong position of logistics in the district.

Rhein-Kreis Neuss

Seven cities and one municipality form a strong community over an area of 576.42 km². Measured by gross domestic product per capita, the Rhein-Kreis Neuss has been the strongest economic district in North Rhine-Westphalia for years and also occupies top positions in a national and state-wide comparison. More than 29,000 companies, including world-famous corporations, have settled here. The international orientation of the economy, an attractive potential of qualified workers and an excellent logistical infrastructure are just some of the reasons why companies value the Rhein-Kreis Neuss. The port of Neuss-Düsseldorf in particular is an important hub for the global distribution of goods and merchandise. The Rhine district of Neuss offers a balanced mix of industries and is an important European location for the energy and logistics industry, aluminum processing, the healthcare sector, the food and beverage industry and the chemical industry. With its innovative strength, the district also contributes to the promotion of new technologies.

The Rhine

Vein of the business boom

Numerous global market leaders and hidden champions have their German or European headquarters here. They all value the Nieder­rhein Region ... for obvious reasons: the close proximity to the gates of the global markets, to the state capital Düsseldorf, to the Ruhr area, to the neigh­bouring Nether­­lands as well as Belgium and Luxembourg.

“Father Rhine” is connecting everything in the Nieder­rhein Region, from the District of Kleve in the north to the Rhein-Kreiss Neuss in the south.

Numerous global market leaders and hidden champions have their German or European headquarters here. They all value the Nieder­rhein Region ... for obvious reasons: the close proximity to the gates of the global markets, to the state capital Düsseldorf, to the Ruhr area, to the neighbouring Netherlands as well as Belgium and Luxembourg.

Arts & Culture

Natural and urban lifestyles
in harmony

In some places, nature and infrastructure are worlds apart. In the Nieder­rhein Region, however, everything is harmoniously balanced. You can expect a lively cul-tural programme.

From Bauhaus architecture, as can be seen in Haus Lange, to traditional customs and modern cultural events: life pulsates through the entire region.

Top sports events, stadium concerts, folk festivals, and a multitude of excursion destinations that either bear witness to the Roman past or are bursting with contemporary high culture. Live and let live. Urban and natural. The Nieder­rhein Region has both. Plus an impressive cost-benefit ratio with a feel- good flair. Who has more to offer?


Unique nature

In addition to the cultural and urban highlights, the Niederrhein Region is also a natural phenomenon. Extensive forests and lakelands invite you to take a long walk or go cycling.

The Niederrhein Region is sprouting and flourishing more than ever thanks to its un- mistakable nature and ideal location conditions.

With an area of 435 km², the Schwalm-Nette Nature Park is considered one of the largest nature reserves in North Rhine-Westphalia, extending all the way into the Netherlands. This boundless stretch of nature, which is sporadically interspersed with beautiful towns, is what makes the Lower Rhine so charming and characterises the Nieder­rhein Region as an exceptional location worth living in.


Perfect locations
and diverse range of offers

Als Lebensader und infra­struktureller Mittelpunkt des Standort Nieder­rhein ist der Rhein heute vor allem Verkehrsweg für Frachtschiffe mit Massengütern und Containern.

Good infrastructures, trimodal connections or modern offices – in short: top conditions for industry and business.

Eight inland Rhine ports, some with trimodal connections, are the hubs for goods handling and raw materials logistics. There are also additional special berths for the three chemical parks in Dorma- gen, Krefeld-Uerdingen and Rheinberg. A dense and efficient Autobahn network ensures the necessary transport infrastructure for many companies. The Autobahns cross the German-Dutch border from the Niederrhein Region no less than five times. The two major airports Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) and Cologne/ Bonn (CGN) are among the top ten airports in Germany. There is a wide range of industrial and business land available in the Niederrhein Region. The revitalisation of brownfield sites for flexible office and manufactur- ing locations is considered exemplary.


Knowledge region
in full swing

With around 14,000 students, the Niederrhein Universi- ty of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities in the state. With 87 Bachelor’s and 27 Master’s degree programmes and 10 faculty departments, including mechanical engineering, chemistry, design, social science, textile and clothing technology and econom- ics, it enjoys an excellent reputation.

The strong university network is a key reason for the talent factory Niederrhein.

The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, winner of the Federal and State-Sponsored Excellence Competition “Innovative University”, has more than 7,000 students from over 120 nations: 25 Bachelor’s and 11 Master’s degree programmes (Technology & Bionics, Life Sciences, Society & Economy, Communication & Environment). In addition, there are the Europäische Fach­hochschule EUFH, the Rheinische Fachhochschule für internationale Wirtschaft and the Fach­hochschule für Ökonomie und Management (FOM) as well as the Fern­universität Hagen with a campus location in Neuss. Close by are the renowned universities and colleges in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Duisburg.