Germany's greenest cities

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Green spaces dominate
Germany’s largest cities

November 2017: Almost 70 per cent of the land areas of Germany’s largest cities is taken up by green spaces. Added together, the urban areas of all of Germany cities with more than 100,000 people total 13,564 square kilometres, equivalent to the size of Montenegro, while their green spaces amount to 9,457 sq km, an area roughly the size of Cyprus. University cities like Siegen, Göttingen, Aachen and Freiburg are among the top 10. Green spaces include parks, woodland and agricultural land within city borders and also private gardens.

With green spaces making up 86 per cent of its urban area, Siegen, in North-Rhine Westphalia, is the ‘greenest’ German city. Ludwigshafen, home to BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, is the least green of Germany’s 79 Großstädte, cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. There are 17 cities where green spaces make up 80 per cent or more of their land areas. The list of 17 includes cities like Aachen, Freiburg, Saarbrücken and Münster. The German capital Berlin is placed 63rd in the overall table, while Hamburg, Cologne and Munich are ranked 39th, 65th and 74th respectively.


Germany’s greenest cities
Rank
City
Großstädte with more than 100,000 inhabitants
Total area
in sq km (1)
Green spaces
in sq km
Green spaces
% of total area (2)
1
Siegen
115
99
86%
2
Göttingen
117
99
85%
3
Bergisch Gladbach
83
70
84%
4
Salzgitter
224
188
84%
5
Pforzheim
98
82
83%
6
Aachen
161
133
82%
7
Hildesheim
93
76
82%
8
Freiburg
153
125
82%
9
Hagen
160
130
81%
10
Saarbrücken
167
136
81%
11
Bielefeld
258
209
81%
12
Münster
303
245
81%
13
Paderborn
179
143
80%
14
Hamm
226
181
80%
15
Jena
114
91
80%
16
Remscheid
75
60
80%
17
Reutlingen
87
69
80%
18
Trier
117
92
79%
19
Wolfsburg
204
161
79%
20
Rostock
181
143
79%
21
Chemnitz
221
174
79%
22
Solingen
90
71
79%
23
Lübeck
214
167
78%
24
Wiesbaden
204
159
78%
25
Wuppertal
168
130
78%
26
Ulm
119
92
77%
27
Kassel
107
81
75%
28
Braunschweig
192
144
75%
29
Mönchengladbach
170
125
74%
30
Oldenburg
103
76
74%
31
Bottrop
101
74
73%
32
Koblenz
105
76
73%
33
Mülheim/Ruhr
91
66
73%
34
Bonn
141
102
72%
35
Darmstadt
122
88
72%
36
Heidelberg
109
79
72%
37
Ingolstadt
133
95
72%
38
Augsburg
147
105
72%
39
Hamburg
755
539
71%
40
Kiel
119
85
71%
41
Heilbronn
100
71
71%
42
Reckinghausen
66
47
71%
43
Dortmund
281
199
71%
44
Osnabrück
120
85
71%
45
Stuttgart
207
145
70%
46
Bochum
146
101
69%
47
Dresden
328
228
69%
48
Würzburg
88
61
69%
49
Potsdam
188
130
69%
50
Krefeld
138
95
69%
51
Bremen
325
222
68%
52
Essen
210
143
68%
53
Moers
68
45
66%
54
Hannover
204
133
65%
55
Offenbach
45
29
65%
56
Karlsruhe
173
111
64%
57
Gelsenkirchen
105
67
64%
58
Mainz
98
62
64%
59
Leverkusen
79
50
64%
60
Bremerhaven
94
58
62%
61
Neuss
100
61
61%
62
Erlangen
77
46
60%
63
Berlin
892
526
59%
64
Oberhausen
77
45
59%
65
Cologne
405
237
58%
66
Herne
51
30
58%
67
Frankfurt/Main
248
144
58%
68
Duisburg
233
132
57%
69
Düsseldorf
217
123
57%
70
Magdeburg
201
109
54%
71
Erfurt
269
143
53%
72
Regensburg
81
43
53%
73
Fürth
63
33
52%
74
Munich
310
155
50%
75
Halle
135
66
49%
76
Nürnberg
186
89
48%
77
Mannheim
145
64
44%
78
Leipzig
297
126
42%
79
Ludwigshafen
78
27
35%
TOTAL / AVERAGE
13,564 sq km
9,457 sq km
69%

Sources and research methodology:
(1) The research used the size of urban areas provided by municipal websites as well as relevant Wikipedia pages.

(2) The green spaces research was carried out by the Berliner Morgenpost using 185 satellite images.

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