The city became increasingly important strategically. (2003 est.) city, 589,499; (2000 est.) urban aggl., 6,531,000. After its re-opening, it also hosts the collection of the Deutsches Plakat Museum (more than 340 000 exhibits). The team is one of the main teams in Germany's second division ProA and has attempted to move up to Germany's elite league Basketball Bundesliga.