The State initiative called for projects that increase the quality of life through greenery in residential areas to be submitted to Baden Württembergs Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. Ladenburg was one of the featured communities.
For their decades of general service in discovering and protecting its heritage, Ladenburg and the Heimatbund received the Baden-Württemberg Archaeology Award in 2010.
At the ten-year anniversary of Entente Florale Germany in 2010, a special prize for “sustainable urban development” was offered for to the winner among the 250 participating communities taking part in the competition. Ladenburg was awarded the distinction, which, besides understandably causing a rousing wave of enthusiasm, was taken as a confirmation that the town was on the right track regarding urban development.
Ladenburg received a gold medal in the national competition „Entente Florale – our town in full bloom“. Mayer Rainer Ziegler had the honor of accepting the award on the German TV show “Fernsehgarten” in ZDF directly from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the committee chair of Entente Florale and president of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, on August 21, 2007 in Mainz. In addition, Ladenburg also received a special prize from the Federal Association of Retail Gardeners at the Central Horticultural Association for the “most blossoming shopping street”.
Germany’s prettiest park
After a careful examination on the premises of the Federal Association of German Garden Lovers on April 5, 2006, five independent gardening and landscape professionals mutually decided that the “Grüner Ring” in Ladenburg was Germany’s prettiest park for 2006. The Castle Moyland Park in Bedburg Hau and the town park in Gütersloh earned second and third place. The American motorcycle manufacturer Briggs and Stratton, was also looking for the most attractive lawn for its fifth “Germany’s Prettiest Park” competition. The first place winner participates in the European competition, which was held for the first time in 2006.
Ladenburg has a population of almost 12 000 and has reached a good size which it is hoped will not grow too much more in order to preserve the personality and charm of the historical town centre. Our town is what it is today thanks to over forty years of successful urban development policies. While the first three decades of restoration received special attention, at the beginning of the 21st century, it became important to focus primarily on the lawns and other recreational spaces, most of which were already there but in bad shape.
The greening project, with the motto „Live and Experience Ladenburg“, could be put into action after successfully vying for a small State Garden Show as part of the program “Nature in the Town and State”. Up to 2005, the year for which the exciting green project event was planned, the existing green areas were renovated and completed with newly created qualitative recreational spaces, resulting in a belt of green. One could say the historic town jewel was set in a green ring.
A number of landscape design and urban development measures have been executed - riparian landscape, playgrounds (including a skate park), beautiful floral decorations throughout the historical centre, and an artistic construction on the Neckar shore as a new town landmark. The visual relationship between the town and the landscape was improved upon, the existing and rediscovered historic structures were renovated/restored or gussied up, and Ladenburg’s enviable characteristic of being a town on the river was finally spotlighted.
The Urban development associated with the green project was another significant mile stone for the city, not only in the creative sense, but also in the sense that it amplified the already deserved recognition of civic engagement and community living in the city. Ladenburg’s complete renewal has made it even more livable and exciting. You are heartily invited to take explore the unique atmosphere of the town.
After a period of leading a somewhat sleepy existence lasting until the middle of the 1920’s, the discoveries of more and more of the town’s historical substance starting in the sixties were made, a development which led to the complete restoration of the historic centre of the town. Ladenburg reached this with aid from the state of Baden-Württemberg and specific sponsoring from private and public initiatives. The national competition “Stadtgestalt und Denkmalschutz im Städtebau” (Urban Design and Historic Preservation in Urban Development) bestowed a golden plaque upon Ladenburg in 1978 for its efforts for a sustainable restoration of the historic town centre.