Location and Size
The Enz district belongs to the Northern Black Forest region and lies within the administrative district of Karlsruhe. It almost completely surrounds the municipal district of Pforzheim, which lies in the centre of the area, like a ring open at the bottom. It covers an area of 573.68 km².
Life and Living
The up-and-coming Northern Black Forest region is a centre of commerce and industry with a high quality of life. The beauty of the landscape, the many delightful spa and resort towns and the Black Forest nature reserve, all set within in an important industrial region, give rise to the high recreational value for which the Northern Black Forest is famous.
The special appeal of the Enz district is a consequence of four different landscapes, which in terms of their richness and variety are hard to beat. Rolling hills, densely wooded heights, broad valleys, fields, meadows and vineyards set the tone. On the other side, juniper bushes, sloes and hawthorn hedges criss-cross a barren landscape, blanketing it in pure white in the spring time. The Northern Black Forest welcomes visitors with dense forests of fir trees interspersed with glades and is the ideal place to leave behind the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life and draw new strength in the resin-scented air.
Family and Education
Modern vocational training centres that focus on commerce and industry, the Pforzheim University of Design, Technology and Business together with renowned vocational and further education institutes cater to the next generation of professionals and provide for life-long learning opportunities. Its proximity to the state capital, Stuttgart, and the fan-shaped city of Karlsruhe, with their universities, technical colleges and vocational academies, important institutes and federal and state authorities, offers many additional benefits too.
463 wonderful attractions and a plethora of leisure activities guarantee fun and entertainment for the whole family. These include barefoot parks, rope courses and the Maulbronn Monastery, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
The direct connection to the A8 motorway via four junctions, a dense network of well-developed local roads and the B10, B35, B294 and B463 trunk roads provide for excellent transport connections. The Enz district is well connected by rail, with direct connections to Karlsruhe and Stuttgart as well as to the Northern Black Forest and to the major German cities via the IC or ICE network. Added to this is the close proximity to Stuttgart and Karlsruhe airports and a top-notch local public transportation network.
As a place of business, the Enz district's central location offers obvious benefits, opportunities and possibilities. Being located between the metropolitan centres of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart means quick access to European markets too. The economy of the Northern Black Forest regions is dominated by medium-sized enterprises. Economic activity is characterised by modern industries with a global reach. The industrial hub lies in the northern part of the region. The city of Pforzheim is the regional economic centre and the heart of the German jewellery and watch-making industry.
In the past, the Northern Black Forest region has recorded the fifth-highest increase in population in terms of percentage of all 97 regions in Germany. The population has grown by almost 100,000 in the last 20 years or so.
The manufacturing sector is characterised by its diversity, modern technologies and a strong focus on exports. Trading firms make up a significant proportion of the high-performance service sector.