Emmen is located in the German speaking canton of Lucerne. With its 31,000 inhabitants, the city, along with Kriens, is part of the Lucerne agglomeration, 5 km away. Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city with a metropolitan area of 1.5 million inhabitants, is just 38 km away. Emmen’s industry, which played a large part in the city’s growth during the 20th century, has long focused on steel, textiles and food. The Schmolz + Bickenbach AG group (steel industry) is now based in Lucerne. Emmen has around 1,400 companies and provides 16,000 jobs. It is also home to one of the Swiss Air Force air bases, which is today one of the largest employers in the sector. The city is connected to Basel and Milan by the A2, to Zurich by the A14 and there are numerous rail links with Lucerne and with other cities in Switzerland. Part of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is located in Viscosistadt on the outskirts of Emmen. The students bring a certain animation. However, life in Emmen is largely linked to life in the beautiful and very touristy Lucerne.
What was once just a village between the alpine peaks has become a city in perpetual evolution that blends traditions and new cultures. With a large industrial sector on the one hand and more than thirty farms around in a green environment, Emmen is both very urban and rural, which appeals to a population that works in Lucerne, even in Zurich, and who are quest for a little tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Emmen obviously benefits from the attractiveness of Lucerne, one of the most visited towns in Switzerland between the blue waters of Lake Lucerne and the high snow-capped peaks of the Alps. Emmen has grown very quickly in recent years, to the point of becoming the largest city in central Switzerland. The municipality is preparing for a significant increase in its population by 2030. The real estate sector is therefore particularly dynamic. New neighborhoods are multiplying to meet demand. Very diverse neighborhoods which correspond to the diversity of the population who live there. Compared to Lucerne where the cost of real estate is very high, Emmen is much more affordable and is located in the upper middle of Switzerland.