The communities of U.S. Army Garrison
The U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg is a regional headquarters and support organization. The communities where our soldiers, civilian employees and their family members work and live are run by their respective garrisons.
U.S. Army Garrison Baden-Württemberg
Heidelberg, Mannheim and Kaiserslautern
Heidelberg, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, is nestled in the heart of the Neckar Valley about 70 miles south of Frankfurt. It is home to vineyards, medieval castles and fortifications.
The city, a longtime haven for tourists, features the famous Heidelberg Castle, built during the sixteenth century. It combines Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Another historical landmark is the University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany, dating from 1386. Boat trips along the Neckar River highlight many points of interest in and around Heidelberg and are fun for the whole family.
Serenades, concerts and open-air theater presentations in the Heidelberg Castle courtyard are special treats during the summer months. The castle is also illuminated several times a year, commemorating the battles of the 17th century. Floodlights flank the castle and fireworks explode in the sky above.
A stroll through Heidelberg's old city is a step back in time. Narrow streets lined with houses from various periods, expertly restored to their original condition, provide glimpses into German history and culture. Relatively mild German weather is found in the Heidelberg area, and snowfall is very limited.
When Americans arrived in Heidelberg March 30, 1945, they found most of the historical structures intact.
The Heidelberg kasernes were built between 1850 and 1939. Some of the most respected German military units were once stationed in Heidelberg, including the 110th German Infantry Division.
The Army has been here ever since the end of the Second World War, but as allies and guests of the German people.
Today, there are approximately 16,000 military, family members and U.S. civilian employees living and working in Heidelberg.
The Heidelberg community currently consists of 16 installations and 30 plus tenant units. Major tenant commands include: Headquarters, United States Army, Europe; Installation Management Command Europe Region; and Component Command-Land Headquarters (formerly Joint Headquarters Centre and LANDCENT).
Today the Heidelberg community is recognized as one of the best military communities in the United States Army Europe. The community is proud of this recognition and works hard each day to improve our customer service and quality of life programs.
With a population of 340,000, the university town of Mannheim is the second largest city in Baden-Württemberg, an elegant old town, carefully restored after wartime bombing. Its central location makes it a popular draw for concerts, theater productions and sporting events. Other major tourist attractions include one of the largest Baroque palaces in the world; the Luisenpark; one of the most beautiful recreational parks in Europe; the Maimarkt; an annual state fair; and the Planetarium, where state-of-the-art precision optics take you to other galaxies.
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern
Kaiserslautern, Miesau, Landstuhl and remote site Pirmasens
Kaiserslautern is the largest American military community outside the United States and includes the only large air base in Germany, Ramstein. Virtually all facilities imaginable are available there. Paris is only a few hours' drive away.
The area traces its roots back to prehistoric settlements in 800 B.C. The "Kaiser" in its name is thought to refer to the Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, who built a fortress there on the River Lauter in 1152. It was blown up by the French in 1703 during the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1848, Kaiserslautern’s Fruchthalle, a three-story building still in existence, served as the temporary seat of the provisional government following the pro-democracy revolution.