Gengenbach

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gengenbach
Coat of arms of Gengenbach
Coat of arms
Gengenbach   is located in Germany
Gengenbach
Gengenbach
Coordinates: 48°24′N 8°01′E / 48.400°N 8.017°E / 48.400; 8.017Coordinates: 48°24′N 8°01′E / 48.400°N 8.017°E / 48.400; 8.017
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Ortenaukreis
Government
 • Mayor Thorsten Erny
Area
 • Total 61.91 km2 (23.90 sq mi)
Elevation 175 m (574 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,606
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 77723
Dialling codes 07803
Vehicle registration OG
Website www.stadt-gengenbach.de

Gengenbach is a town in the district of Ortenau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and a popular tourist destination on the western edge of the Black Forest with about 11,000 inhabitants. Gengenbach is well known for its traditional Alemanic "fasnacht", ("Fasend"), a kind of historically influenced celebration of carnival, where tradition is followed, from wearing costumes with carved wooden masks to clapping with a "Ratsche" (a traditional-classic wooden "sound-producing" toy). Gengenbach also boasts a picturesque, traditional, medieval town centre ("Altstadt"). The traditional town Gengenbach is the proud owner of the world's biggest advent calendar. The 24 windows of the 18th century town hall represent the 24 "windows" of an Advent calendar. The town also hosts a department of the The Graduate School of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, part of the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg. The nearest cities in the region are Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden and Strasbourg/France. Gengenbach is twinned with the town of Obernai, Alsace, France.

History[edit]

Gengenbach was founded in the 13th century and became an Imperial Free City in 1360.

References[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. 

External links[edit]