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|• Mayor||Klaus-Dieter Schumm|
|• Total||40.38 km2 (15.59 sq mi)|
|Elevation||460 m (1,510 ft)|
|• Density||100/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Gerabronn developed from a village, which was supposedly founded in the 10th century. Originally named Gerhiltebrunnen (well of Gerhilt), it was also called Gerolzbrunn, Geroldbrunn, Gerltbrunn or Gerhartsbrunn, until in the 17th century the current name became common. The village was first mentioned in a feud document from 1226, when the area came under the control of the bishop of Würzburg.
Until the 19th century Gerabronn was only a village, however after it became Oberamtsstadt in 1811 it was responsible for the administration of the surrounding area. Industrialization and the connection to the railway further helped the growth of the city. In 1938 the Amt was dissolved and became part of the district Crailsheim, which in 1972 was included into the district Schwäbisch Hall. 1972-75 the previously independent municipalities Amlishagen, Dünsbach and Michelbach/Heide, as well as Ober- and Unterweiler from the municipality Wittenweiler were included into the city.
Gerabronn lies in 422 up to 460 meters height on a hill on the Hohenlohe Plain.
From 1972 until 1975 the municipalities Amlishagen, Dünsbach, Michelbach/Heide as well as Oberweiler und Unterweiler out of the municipality Wittenweiler where annexed following the Municipality Reform.
Coat of arms
The coat of arms shows the quartered black-and-white shield of the Hohenzollern family, who were the Viscounts of Nürnberg when the coat of arms was granted to the city in 1545. To distinguish the coats of arms of the family and the city two jumping horses were added, as horse breeding was popular in the city historically. Originally the horses were displayed on the black quarters, but in 1902 they were placed on the silver quarters, which was made official in 1953.
- "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31.12.2012 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 12 November 2013.
- http://www.gerabronn.de Official homepage (German)
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