|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (February 2009)|
|Carl Benz Museum|
|Subdivisions||Town with hamlet|
|• Mayor||Rainer Ziegler (SPD)|
|• Total||19 km2 (7 sq mi)|
|Elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
|• Density||590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Ladenburg is a town in the district of Rhein-Neckar-Kreis, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Neckar, 10 kilometres (6 miles) east of Mannheim, and 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Heidelberg.
Ladenburg's history dates back to Celtic and Roman ages. In Roman times it was called 'Lopodunum'. Emperor Trajan elevated it to the status of a city ('civitas') in the year 98. It has an old town from the Late Middle Ages.
Ladenburg is located on Bertha Benz Memorial Route.
List of mayors:
- The man who is regarded as the inventor of the automobile, Karl Benz, spent the last days of his life in Ladenburg between 1906 and his death in 1929.
The first time this village was populated was between 3000 and 200 BC. It then consisted of a Celtic settlement Lopodunum (="Seatower"). In the year 40 the Romans populated the town as a farmer/military outpost and kept its Celtic name. The local territory formed the civilian district of Civitas Ulpia Sueborum Nicretum ("Neckarsuebi"), of which Lopodunum was the chief town. In 74 AD the Romans founded the town Auxiliarkastelle which included a supply-keeping town, which was the center of the future town. The garrison included a cavalry of the Canaefaten.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Ladenburg is twinned with:
- [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.
- Ladenburg-Lexikon. Norderstedt 2007, ISBN 978-3-8334-6799-8.
- "Jumelage Laval-Garango" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-13.
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