Altdorf bei Nürnberg
|• Mayor||Erich Odörfer (CSU)|
|• Total||46.59 km2 (17.99 sq mi)|
|Elevation||444 m (1,457 ft)|
|• Density||320/km2 (840/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Altdorf bei Nürnberg (German pronunciation: [ˈaltdɔʁf baɪ ˈnʏʁnbɛʁk] ( )) is a town in south-eastern Germany. It is situated 25 km east of Nuremberg, in the district Nürnberger Land. Its name literally means Altdorf near Nuremberg, to distinguish it from other Altdorfs.
Altdorf is first mentioned in 1129. In 1504 the town was conquered by the Imperial Free City of Nuremberg. In the 16th century, the city government of Nuremberg founded an academy in Altdorf, which became a university in 1622. The university lasted until 1809. Among the alumni of the University of Altdorf were the soldier Albrecht von Wallenstein and the philosopher and scientist Gottfried Leibniz.
Altdorf's chief monuments are the church of St. Laurentius, the city hall and the Wichernhaus, which once housed the university. Altdorf also boasts some impressive remnants of its fortifications.
Even though the times of its once famous university have long passed, Altdorf is the seat of several educational institutions. It is also the home of a number of mid-scale industrial enterprises.
Altdorf bei Nürnberg is twinned with:
- Altdorf, Switzerland
- "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). 31 December 2012.
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