This indicator measures how long people in Germany have to travel by public transport or private car to reach their nearest regional or major regional centre.
It provides a way of measuring mobility.
A regional centre (Mittelzentrum) typically features the following: department store, hospital, doctor, hotel, nursing home, theatre, museum, youth centre, secondary school, library, large sports facility, train station.
A major regional centre (Oberzentrum) typically offers the following: specialist shops, major banks and financial institutions, vocational school/university, specialist hospital, research library, stadium, long-distance train station.
The indicator is calculated based on infrastructure and timetable data provided by the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung, BBSR).