Herrenberg

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Herrenberg
Herrenberg Marktplatz 1.jpg
Coat of arms of Herrenberg
Coat of arms
Herrenberg   is located in Germany
Herrenberg
Herrenberg
Coordinates: 48°35′48″N 8°52′15″E / 48.59667°N 8.87083°E / 48.59667; 8.87083Coordinates: 48°35′48″N 8°52′15″E / 48.59667°N 8.87083°E / 48.59667; 8.87083
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Böblingen
Subdivisions 8
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Sprißler
Area
 • Total 65.71 km2 (25.37 sq mi)
Elevation 460 m (1,510 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 30,118
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 71070–71083
Dialling codes 07032
Vehicle registration BB
Website www.herrenberg.de

Herrenberg is a town in the middle of Baden-Württemberg, about 30 km south of Stuttgart and 20 km from Tübingen. After Sindelfingen, Böblingen, and Leonberg, it is the fourth largest town in the district of Böblingen. The number of inhabitants of Herrenberg exceeded 20,000 in 1972 due to the incorporation of the following formerly independent municipalities:

  • In 1965 Affstätt
  • In 1971 Haslach, Kayh, Kuppingen, and Mönchberg
  • In 1972 Oberjesingen
  • In 1975 Gültstein

Location[edit]

Herrenberg is situated on the western edge of the Schönbuch forest and is a central town within the Gäu region. The Stiftskirche, which houses the Glockenmuseum (bell museum), is a tourist attraction in the main square.

Herrenberg station is on the Gäu Railway (Gäu bahn) and is at the start of the Ammer Valley Railway (Ammertalbahn) It is the southern end of services on line S1 of the Stuttgart S-Bahn. It also has connections, via the A81, to Stuttgart and northern Germany. To the south the A81 provides access to Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Herrenberg is also close to Strasbourg, which is only about 110 km [1] to the west.

The following towns and municipalities border Herrenberg. They are listed in clockwise direction beginning in the north:

Deckenpfronn, Gärtringen, Nufringen, Hildrizhausen and Altdorf (all Böblingen district), Ammerbuch (Tübingen district), Gäufelden and Jettingen (both Böblingen district) as well as Wildberg (Calw district).

History[edit]

The once small community Herrenberg was formed out of the hamlets "Mühlhausen" and "Raistingen", who were combinated in the 13th century, when Herrenberg was founded. In 1278, Herrenberg was first documentated, although Pfalzgraf Rudolf von Tübingen already wrote in 1228 "castrum nostrum herrenberc" into a certificate. From 1276, the church building was started, which at the time, had two towers.

City arrangement[edit]

Herrenberg consists of the town center and the 7 additional towns which were merged in the regional reorganization of the 1960s and 1970s. This includes Affstätt, Gültstein, Haslach, Kayh, Kuppingen, Mönchberg and Oberjesingen. In each different area of Herrenberg there is an office for the district and a town clerk.

Population[edit]

Year Population
1622 ca. 1,800
1652 1,006
1771 1,570
1803 1,796
1825 1,985
1843 2,140
1861 2,015
1 December 1871 2,127
1 December 1880¹ 2,646
1 December 1890¹ 2,614
1 December 1900¹ 2,557
1 December 1910¹ 2,705
16 June 1925¹ 3,021
Year Population
16 June 1933¹ 3,395
17 May 1939¹ 3,689
1946 5,605
13 September 1950¹ 6,292
6 June 1961¹ 9,539
27 May 1970¹ 12,573
31 December 1975 24,389
31 December 1980 25,422
27 May 1987¹ 26,001
31 December 1990 27,344
31 December 1995 28,839
31 December 2000 30,377
30 September 2004 31,195
23 November 2006² 31,235
31 December 2010 31,292 [2]
  • ¹ Census results
  • ² Herrenberg Amtsblatt 23 November 2006
The S-Bahn train

Politics[edit]

The local council has, since the last election on 13. June 2004, has a total of 40 Seats. The distribution of the different parties and groups are as follows: (in German)

  • CDU 30,6% (-2,4) - 13 Seats (-1)
  • FW 21,8% (-2,3) - 9 Seats (-1)
  • SPD 21,9% (+0,4) - 9 Seats (=)
  • Grüne 16,3% (+5,6) - 6 Seats (+2)
  • Frauenliste 9,4% (+2,4) - 3 Seats (+1)
  • Others 0,0% (-3,7) - 0 Seats (-1)

Business[edit]

Internationally known businesses located in Herrenberg include:

Tourism[edit]

Herrenberg train station
Herrenberg town hall (Rathaus) in front of the historical collegial church (Stiftskirche)

Herrenberg has several hotels as well as accommodations in smaller guest houses in the Old Town. The Old Town has many restaurants including; Italian, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Mexican and German cuisine . There are also ice cream shops and cafes. The Stadtfest (town festival) is held annually in July. 25,000 people turn up for the town festival to celebrate, drink, and listen to the live music in the squares. [2]

Sights[edit]

The symbol of the town, the traditional church "Stiftskirche", with its Glockenmuseum (bell museum) the tower, as well as the "Herrenberger Rathaus" (town hall) and the historical ruins of the castle "Schlossberg", are an attrictive destination for tourists of all over the world. There are guided tours (some in English) as well through the historical buildings of the town. Large sections of the old city wall are still standing (or have been rebuilt) and numerous timber-framed houses fill the "Old Town" surrounding the "Marktplatz" (market place),

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