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Dettenhausen is a village in the administrative district (Kreis) of Tübingen, in the Schönbuch Nature Park. It is located 11 km north of Tübingen, and about 25 km south of Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg. Dettenhausen was first officially mentioned in the Codex Hirsaugiensis in around 1100 AD as "Detenhusen". Dettenhausen has 5.421 citizens (as of June 30, 2008). Dettenhausen's coat of arms is a red deer against a yellow background with a yellow ear of grains against a red background. Dettenhausen is ideally located to go hiking, swimming, eat great food and visit the Schönbuchmuseum, the local museum with exhibits about stone cutting, forestry and hunting. Dettenhausen has a very active sister city program with two cities, one in the former East of Germany, Treuen and one in Hungary, Tab.
The large, natural forests of the Schönbuch are located in the midst of the densely populated, highly industrialized Neckar region. This is a popular leisure destination for local residents, home to many species of plants and animals and an essential source of fresh air for the region whilst at the same time as producing wood, a natural and sustainable raw material. At the end of the 1960s, there were plans to build a new airport for Stuttgart here, but these were thwarted by the resistance of a large part of the population and a number of official bodies. As a result, it was decided to establish a nature park in the extensive forests between Böblingen, Sindelfingen, Herrenberg and Tübingen in 1972. Schönbuch Nature Park is an almost completely wooded part of the Swabian terraced landscape between the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura.The giant steps of the Schönbuch are formed by alternating strata of sandstone and clay which have eroded at different speeds. The hard Keuper mountains rise up from the agricultural land of the Gäu plain to the west, forming the characteristic southern edge of the Schönbuch with their hard sandstones.