Bad Wildbad

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Bad Wildbad
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Coat of arms of Bad Wildbad
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Bad Wildbad is located in Germany
Bad Wildbad
Bad Wildbad
Coordinates: 48°45′1″N 8°33′02″E / 48.75028°N 8.55056°E / 48.75028; 8.55056Coordinates: 48°45′1″N 8°33′02″E / 48.75028°N 8.55056°E / 48.75028; 8.55056
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Calw
Subdivisions 6
Government
 • Mayor Klaus Mack (CDU)
Area
 • Total 105.26 km2 (40.64 sq mi)
Elevation 425 m (1,394 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,542
 • Density 91/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 75323
Dialling codes 07081
Vehicle registration CW
Website www.bad-wildbad.de

Bad Wildbad is a town in Germany, in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is located in the government district (Regierungsbezirk) of Karlsruhe and in the district (Landkreis) of Calw. Its coordinates are 48° 45' N, 8° 33' E. About 11,250 people live there. The current mayor is Klaus Mack.

The current town of Bad Wildbad[2] is an amalgamation of several communities brought together under local government reform in 1974. The member communities are Wildbad, Calmbach, Sprollenhaus, Nonnenmiß and Aichelberg, along with the hamlets of Hünerberg und Meistern. The town was named only Wildbad until 1991, when it was given its current name ("Bad" is German for "bath", a reference to the town's status as a spa town).

The Enz Valley Railway at Bad Wildbad

It is picturesquely situated 420 m above sea level, in the romantic pine-clad gorge of the Enz, a tributary of the Neckar in the Black Forest, 45 km west of Stuttgart and 23 east of Baden-Baden by rail.[3] Towering above Bad Wildbad is a small mountain, the Wildbader Sommerberg, whose top may be reached by the Sommerbergbahn, a funicular railway. It covers a vertical difference of about 300 m.

It is historically a popular medicinal spa. The neighbourhood is picturesque, the most attractive spot being the Wildsee - a small lake some distance from the town itself, measuring 2.3 ha, and at about 900 m above sea level.[3]

The annual Rossini in Wildbad opera festival, held in July, brings an international audience to the Kurhaus and the Kurtheater to hear belcanto works by Gioachino Rossini and his contemporaries.

It is the scene of the early pages of Armadale by Wilkie Collins.

Bad Wildbad is connected to Germany's national rail network through the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn, line S6, running on the Enz Valley Railway. Being located deep in the northern Black Forest, Bad Wildbad has no direct connection with any Autobahn. The nearest one is just west of Pforzheim.

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  1. ^ [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. 
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  3. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Wildbad". Encyclopædia Britannica 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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