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Kaiserslautern with around 100,000 inhabitants is a major industrial city with over 11,000 jobs in the industrial sector.
With the Technical University as a power center, Kaiserslautern is increasingly developing into a center of science with a focus on information technology (IT for short), as numerous start-ups and settlements in recent years have shown. With the designation Silicon Woods Kaiserslautern tries to lean against the well-known Silicon Valley in California, which is regarded as the birthplace of important IT companies. Kaiserslautern is located on the northern edge of the Palatinate Forest, hence Silicon "Woods".
Kaiserslautern is best known for its football club 1. FC Kaiserslautern and its internationally rated role as one of the host cities of the 2006 FIFA World Cup at the Fritz Walter Stadium on the "highest" football mountain in Germany.
Anyone familiar with Kaiserslautern appreciates two aspects in particular: the fact that the Palatinate Forest and numerous recreational activities are virtually on the doorstep, as well as the infrastructure: optimum connectivity to motorways, railways and airports puts the 'small city in the heart of Europe' right in the proximity of major cities.