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This article is about the German town. For the investment bank, see Ladenburg Thalmann. For the German chemist, see Albert Ladenburg.
Carl Benz Museum
Carl Benz Museum
Coat of arms of Ladenburg
Coat of arms
Ladenburg is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°28′N 8°37′E / 49.467°N 8.617°E / 49.467; 8.617Coordinates: 49°28′N 8°37′E / 49.467°N 8.617°E / 49.467; 8.617
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Subdivisions Town with hamlet
 • Mayor Rainer Ziegler (SPD)
 • Total 19 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 11,238
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 68520–68526
Dialling codes 06203
Vehicle registration HD
Ladenburg in 1900.

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 Ages.

Ladenburg is located on Bertha Benz Memorial Route.


List of mayors:[2]

  • 1914–1922: Wilhelm Fritsch
  • 1922–1931: Christian Koch (SPD)
  • 1931–1933: Hermann Hagen
  • 1933–1934: Alfred Reuther (NSDAP)
  • 1934–1945: Kurt Pohly (NSDAP)
  • 1945–1953: Adam Herdt (CDU)
  • 1953–1965: Hermann Hohn (FWV)
  • 1965–1993: Reinhold Schulz (SPD)
  • 1993–2001: Rolf Reble (CDU)
  • since 2001: Rainer Ziegler (SPD)

Notable residents[edit]

  • Karl Benz, inventor of the automobile, lived 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.

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Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

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