Portions of three federal states—Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony—form the metropolitan region of Central Germany. The region’s location is of unique importance to the logistics sector because it is situated at the intersection of Germany and its Eastern European neighbors. Some 2.4 million people live in the metropolitan region of Central Germany, which includes mid-size cities, such as Kassel, Erfurt and the resort town of Bad Hersfeld.
Erfurt has a population of about 211,000 and is the capital of the state of Thuringia. Some of Germany’s densest population concentrations—including Dortmund and the cities of the Ruhr and Hanover—are within a 120-mile radius of Central Germany.
A robust autobahn and highway network provide quick access from Central Germany to the entire country. The Kassel region sits at the intersection of the major national East-West and North-South highways. Freight and passenger railroads that cross Germany in all directions also run through Central Germany. Erfurt’s freight rail transportation center is a key node on the planned Trans-European Network. As a result, Central Germany is well-positioned to house industrial property and logistics facilities, such as national distribution centers.
Prologis operates numerous industrial properties and warehouses in Central Germany.