Bad Liebenzell

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Bad Liebenzell
Coat of arms of Bad Liebenzell
Coat of arms
Bad Liebenzell   is located in Germany
Bad Liebenzell
Bad Liebenzell
Coordinates: 48°46′27″N 08°43′53″E / 48.77417°N 8.73139°E / 48.77417; 8.73139Coordinates: 48°46′27″N 08°43′53″E / 48.77417°N 8.73139°E / 48.77417; 8.73139
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Calw
 • Mayor Dietmar Fischer (CDU)
 • Total 33.80 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 8,714
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 75378
Dialling codes 07052 07084 Maisenbach-Zainen
Vehicle registration CW

Bad Liebenzell is a spa town in the Nagold River valley, the northern part of the Black Forest. It was first mentioned in 1090 and is the heart of the Liebenzeller Mission (a religious movement).

Liebenzell in 1899

Bad Liebenzell is part of the Calw district; it in turn comprises seven sub-districts besides the town itself: Möttlingen, Unterhaugstett, Monakam, Beinberg, Unterlengenhardt und Maisenbach-Zainen. Bad Liebenzell has also had an alliance with Villaines la Juhel in France since 1992.


Town Council[edit]

Outcome of the local elections on 13 June 2004:

CDU 54.9% +1.7 12 seats +1
SPD 24.3% -0.7 5 seats ±0
GAL 20.8% -0.6 4 seats ±0
Others 0.0% -0.5 0 seats ±0

Coat of Arms and Flag[edit]

Under a black deer antler on blue lies a silver tent on a black and gold base containing a golden bathtub, in which a bathing woman sits. Bad Liebenzell's town colours are blue and white.

Economy and Infrastructure[edit]

View over the town from Liebenzell Castle

Bad Liebenzell is on the Nagoldtalbahn, a railway line from Pforzheim to Horb am Neckar on the nationwide route network.

Bad Liebenzell also has at its disposal a Grundschule (primary school), Hauptschule (secondary school), Realschule, and Förderschule. There is a primary school outside the town in the Möttlingen and Unterhaugstett districts.

The Bad Liebenzell Theological Seminary was founded in 1902 as a private instituation of the Liebenzell Mission, today known as IHL - Internationale Hochschule Liebenzell (, a private University College and Theological Seminary accredited by the federal Wissenschaftsrat (Science Council), the state of Baden-Württemberg and ACQUIN. It closely cooperates with Middlesex University London, the ETH Tabor, Marburg, the CVJM (YMCA) University of applied sciences in Kassel.

Culture and Sights[edit]

Bad Liebenzell lies on the Ostweg (east way), a trail from Pforzheim to Schaffhausen, on which one can find many sights, including:

  • The Stauferburg from the 13th century is the most impressive building in Bad Liebenzell.
  • Monaturm (a mobile radio tower at 8°44'09" E, 48°47'18" N)
  • South of Bad Liebenzell, a 110kV-three phase powerline of the EnBW spans the Nagold river valley for 941 metres.

Important people[edit]

The Protestant theologian and minister Christoph Blumhardt (1842–1919) and his father Johann Blumhardt (1805–1880) worked in Möttlingen. They performed faith healings in Möttlingen which caused a sensation all over Germany. Johann later founded a spiritual guidance centre in Bad Boll. Christoph became friends with Eduard Mörike and stayed in contact with numerous other writers of his time.

External links[edit]

  • Webcam with a view over the town to the castle of Bad Liebenzell