|• Mayor||Klaus Zenth|
|• Total||9.66 km2 (3.73 sq mi)|
|Elevation||241 m (791 ft)|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Politics
- 4 Culture and sights
- 5 Economy and infrastructure
- 6 Personalities
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Abstatt is situated in the south of the district of Heilbronn at the Schozach river. Heilbronn is about 10 km to the northwest.
Neighbouring towns and villages of Abstatt are (clockwise from the west): Ilsfeld, Untergruppenbach, Lauffen am Neckar (exclave town forest Etzlenswenden) and Beilstein, which all belong to the district of Heilbronn. Abstatt has combined with Beilstein, Ilsfeld and Untergruppenbach to form a joint association of administrations called Schozach-Bottwartal.
There are no further villages belonging to Abstatt, but there are two hamlets called Happenbach and Vohenlohe.
Abstatt was first mentioned documentary in 1293. In 1510 Abstatt came to Württemberg. The villages Happenbach and Vohenlohe were even administrated by Abstatt since the 18th century. In 1938 the municipality came to the district of Heilbronn which was founded this year.
Following the municipal election of 13 June 2004, the district council of Abstatt has 14 seats. The election result is as follows:
The mayor is also a member of the district council and its chairman.
Arms and flag
Blazon: Within a split sign in front in red a golden abbot stick, in the background in gold a red lion. The municipal flag is red and white.
A seal of Abstatt from 1628 belonging to the Löwenstein County, contains the arms of Löwenstein: a lion. In 1907 the municipality asked for a new arms suggestion from the archive direction of Württemberg. Then the direction suggested the today's seal. Since it first was rejected as the conventional seal the direction made a second suggestion. However, the municipality decided to take the previous suggestion. The flag was given by the district of Heilbronn on September 5, 1980.
Culture and sights
Abstatt has a native museum at its disposal.
- The Wildeck Castle near Vohenlohe was built in the 12th century and contains a wine-growing school today.
- The Protestant parish church St. Stephan was built in 1766 in rococo style upon the remmants of an older Gothic construction.
- In Happenbach there's the renovated historical school house containing the today's citizen's forum. An old baking house reminds on this old rural infrastructure. Besides there's a village square with a fountain.
Economy and infrastructure
Abstatt is a wine-growing village whose area belongs to the Schozach valley in the wine-growing area Württemberg. There's a varietal named after a part of the municipality called Happenbach.
Abstatt is situated on the A 81 between the exits for Ilsfeld and Heilbronn/Untergruppenbach.
Since 2004 the Robert Bosch GmbH is represented by a development area employing 2,350 people (June 2007). There's also the subsidiary company Bosch Engineering GmbH. Abstatt is the main site of the SAP system house Steeb Anwendungssysteme GmbH belonging to SAP AG. Steeb cares about the middle classes in SAP.
The international record label Massacre Records is also in Abstatt.
The Heilbronner Stimme informs about happenings in Abstatt within its edition SO, South-East.
Around the Wildeck Castle the Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Obstbau Weinsberg carries on ecological viticulture.
Abstatt has a primary school including the municipal library at its disposal.
Born in Abstatt
- Josef Bick (1880–1952), philologist, general director of the Austrian national library and prisoner of the KZ Dachau
Connected with Abstatt
- Alexander Bertsch (* 1940), author; lives in Abstatt
- Wolfgang Bebbel (* 1943), politician; 1980–1996 member of the district council of Abstatt
- Ingo Rust (* 1978), politician; voted to be the youngest member ever of the district council in 1999
- [Statistisches Bundesamt – Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31.12.2012 (XLS-Datei; 4,0 MB) (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011) "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31.12.2012"]. Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 12 November 2013.
- Das Land Baden-Württemberg. Amtliche Beschreibung nach Kreisen und Gemeinden. Volume IV: Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart, Regionalverbände Franken und Ostwürttemberg. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1980, ISBN 3-17-005708-1. p. 94–95
- Heinz Bardua: Die Kreis- und Gemeindewappen im Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart. Theiss, Stuttgart 1987, ISBN 3-8062-0801-8 (Kreis- und Gemeindewappen in Baden-Württemberg, 1). p. 33
Eberhard Gönner: Wappenbuch des Stadt- und des Landkreises Heilbronn mit einer Territorialgeschichte dieses Raumes. Archivdirektion Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1965 (Veröffentlichungen der Staatlichen Archivverwaltung Baden-Württemberg, 9). p. 53
- Anja Krezer: Erfolgsgeschichte auf dem Hohbuch-Hügel. In: Heilbronner Stimme of June 30th, 2007, p. 34
- www.abstatt.de (in German)