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Brückenhofpark in JülichThe Brückenkopfpark in Jülich is a popular venue for family excursions.
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A lively place in the heart of nature: Forschungszentrum Jülich is situated in Jülich’s greenbelt area, while also being located in the urban triangle between Aachen, Cologne, and Düsseldorf. There are a variety of ways in which our employees can combine both living and working in Jülich. As one of the biggest employers in the area, Forschungszentrum Jülich is accessible by car, bus, rail, and bike.

Whether it be in Jülich itself, the neighbouring rural communities, or in one of the surrounding major cities, the area in and around Jülich offers attractive housing, great educational and leisure opportunities, as well as a cosmopolitan neighbourhood and numerous cultural activities.

History and high-tech

Historisches Mauerwerk: Blick aus dem Museum in der Zitadelle in JülichJülich, the fortress town: The citadel, which today houses a grammar school and a museum, shapes the townscape of Jülich.
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Jülich (population 33,000) is both an old fortress town and a modern research location. In the 16th Century, Jülich was rebuilt in the style of an Italian renaissance town following a major fire, with the citadel still today continuing to dominate the landscape of the town centre. However, the residents of Jülich not only get to experience the town’s history, but are also helping to shape the future. A total of about 5,900 people work at Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Jülich campus of Aachen University of Applied Sciences, and the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Solar Research. Many of these employees have come to Jülich from across Germany and abroad, thus contributing to the town’s international and open atmosphere.

Living in Jülich

As a place of residence, Jülich has a high standard of living. The housing and property market is relatively relaxed in comparison to the surrounding major cities. Suitable accommodation can be found for single people, couples, families, and flat-sharing communities alike. Urban development company SEG Jülich offers an overview of Jülich and its 15 districts.

Childcare up to primary-school age

In Jülich, there are over 20 child day-care facilities providing wide-ranging support for children of just four months old, right up until they are ready to start school.

Info page about the child day-care facilities and nurseries in Jülich


Jülich offers a comprehensive range of schools, from primary schools and schools for children with learning difficulties, right through to secondary schools and (private) grammar schools. Conceived as either open all-day schools or with the option of lunch-break supervision, both work and family life are highly compatible.

Overview of Jülich schools

From music to science: extracurricular activities

Jülich offers a wide range of leisure activities for children and young adults. Whether it be sport, music, or an interest in science, numerous sports clubs, the School of Music and institutions like the Little Scientists’ House foundation and the Science College Overbach encourage young people to take part. Children and young adults are, of course, also welcome at Forschungszentrum Jülich’s JuLab Schools Laboratory. At JuLab, children and young adults are given the chance to experiment with scientific phenomena. Young people are also able to play pool, listen to music, watch films, and enjoy parties at Kulturbahnhof Jülich (KuBa).

Kulturbahnhof (KuBa)
Sports clubs in Jülich
Scientific activities in Jülich
School of Music Jülich

Time Off Work

Those living in Jülich have a great number of leisure opportunities at their disposal. Right on Jülich’s doorstep, the Brückenkopfpark is great for going on walks, playing mini golf, as well as various other activities. The family recreation park was originally set up on the premises of the 1998 horticultural show. It today offers a high-ropes climbing course, a zoo, a skate park, and various play areas.

Radfahrer unterwegs in der NaturJülich is also an ideal starting point for long bicycle tours.
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Jülich is also an ideal starting point for long bicycle tours. The RurUfer cycle path along the river Rur, for instance, runs directly through the town. In addition, the nearby border triangle between Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany offers walkers, cyclists, and culture vultures the chance to discover new areas in three different countries. And, last but not least, Brussels, Paris and London are all close enough for an extended weekend city break. Jülich has good rail connections to all three cities.

The town of Jülich also has more than 50 sports clubs: Be it fishing, badminton, football, or table tennis, sports enthusiasts will find a broad range of clubs to choose between.

The International Club Jülich also provides the opportunity to get to know and experience new cultures. It promotes a community feel between German employees at Forschungszentrum Jülich and those from abroad, while also organizing activities, cultural events, excursions, and international evenings.

Cycling in Jülich and the Jülich area (town of Jülich)
Eifel National Park
International Club

Neighbouring university towns and cities

Jülich is surrounded by a number of large cities, each one of which has its own character and charm. Those looking for urban life will find a wide range of cultural and gastronomic offerings in Aachen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Bonn. These cities boast a wide range of museums, theatres, cabaret venues, concerts and exhibitions, as well as hip bars and a great night-life scene.

Many of Forschungszentrum Jülich’s employees find that working at Jülich and living in one of the neighbouring large cities offers an attractive way of life. The drive to work takes between 25 minutes and one hour, depending on the city you travel from. It is also possible to commute by using the local public transport services.


Blick auf Aachener Dom und St. FollianView of the Aachen Cathedral
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Aachen (population 240,000) offers more than 2,000 years of history and a pulsating student life. The home of Charlemagne impresses with its Aachen Cathedral, but also through its beautiful old town and international flair. The many students from abroad studying at RWTH Aachen University and the city’s immediate proximity to the Dutch and Belgian borders also contribute to its appeal. The people of Aachen enjoy living in the "border triangle", with buses running to Maastricht, the Netherlands, every half hour, and several daily rail services to Brussels. Forschungszentrum Jülich is about 30 kilometres away and can be reached by car, rail or with a direct bus.


Königsallee in DüsseldorfKönigsallee in Düsseldorf
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Düsseldorf (population 600,000), the capital city of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, is a great place for a cultural trip or a stroll down "Kö" (Königsallee). This metropolis of art and fashion places a great emphasis on lifestyle. Companies from the fashion and communications industries dominate the cityscape. This is particularly evident at the Düsseldorf Media Port, where numerous agencies and bars and restaurants can be found. Düsseldorf is roughly 65 kilometres away from Forschungszentrum Jülich and can be reached by train or car.


Blick auf Köln mit Hohenzollernbrücke, Bahnhof und DomCopyright: SeanPavonePhoto - Fotolia

Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and boasts all the makings of a metropolis with a population of more than one million. Whether it be the pubs selling the local Kölsch beer, the city’s museums, multicultural way of life, or the people’s cheerful Rhineland attitude, Cologne is a lively, multi-dimensional city. The cityscape is in many areas defined by a certain contrast between modern and traditional architecture – an example of this being the Cologne Cathedral and the nearby new Rheinau Port district. Cologne is about 65 kilometres away from Jülich and can be reached by train or car.


Kurfürstliches Schloss in BonnThe Electoral Palace in Bonn
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Bonn (population 300,000), the former capital of West Germany, impresses not least because of its many cultural institutions and attractive districts with historic buildings. With the Siebengebirge mountain range on its doorstep, the city is also close to beautiful natural surroundings, which is perfect for excursions. Bonn is roughly 75 kilometres away from Jülich and can be reached by train or car.