Balingen

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Balingen
Zollernschloss in Balingen
Zollernschloss in Balingen
Coat of arms of Balingen
Coat of arms
Balingen   is located in Germany
Balingen
Balingen
Coordinates: 48°16′23″N 08°51′02″E / 48.27306°N 8.85056°E / 48.27306; 8.85056Coordinates: 48°16′23″N 08°51′02″E / 48.27306°N 8.85056°E / 48.27306; 8.85056
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Zollernalbkreis
Government
 • Mayor Helmut Reitemann (CDU)
Area
 • Total 90.34 km2 (34.88 sq mi)
Elevation 517 m (1,696 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 33,213
 • Density 370/km2 (950/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 72301–72336
Dialling codes 07433
Vehicle registration BL
Website www.balingen.de

Balingen is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, capital of the district of Zollernalbkreis. It is located near the Swabian Jura, approx. 35 km to the south of Tübingen, 35 km northeast of Villingen-Schwenningen, and 60 km southwest of Stuttgart.

It is home to the Bizerba and Ideal companies.

History[edit]

Balingen is first mentioned in 863. Initially a possession of the lords of Haigerloch, in 1162 it was acquired by the count of Hohenberg. In the 13th century it received the title of city from Friedrich der Erlauchte, it was largely rebuilt on the left bank of the river Eyach.

In 1403 it was sold to the County of Württemberg, whose chancellor maintained a residence there until 18th century.

Balingen became part of the unified Germany in 1870.

Main sights[edit]

The city was destroyed by a fire in 1809, from which only the Protestant church, the castle and a few other edifices escaped. The Protestant church's construction finished in 1541; it has a characteristic sundial in the apse.

The castle was reconstructed in 1935.

Footnotes[edit]

  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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