Langenburg

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Langenburg
Coat of arms of Langenburg
Coat of arms
Langenburg   is located in Germany
Langenburg
Langenburg
Coordinates: 49°15′12″N 09°50′55″E / 49.25333°N 9.84861°E / 49.25333; 9.84861Coordinates: 49°15′12″N 09°50′55″E / 49.25333°N 9.84861°E / 49.25333; 9.84861
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Schwäbisch Hall
Government
 • Mayor Wolfgang Class
Area
 • Total 31.40 km2 (12.12 sq mi)
Elevation 439 m (1,440 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,706
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 74595
Dialling codes 07905
Vehicle registration SHA
Website www.langenburg.de

Langenburg is a town in the district of Schwäbisch Hall, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is located on a hill above the river Jagst, 18 km northeast of Schwäbisch Hall. It is also the place where the Wibele - small, sweet, biscuit-like pastries - were invented and are still baked today.

History[edit]

The history of Langenburg begins with the building of a castle on the western hill crag. Prehistoric settling is likely, but not proven. Langenburg is first documented in 1226. The free Lords of Langenburg, which stepped into history in 1201, were closely related to the Lords of Hohenlohe. Maybe they even held family bonds. After the Langenburgs had died out, the Hohenlohe family inherited the possessions. Langenburg thus came under the rule of Hohenlohe and remained part of the Principality for the next centuries. Since 1568 Langenburg was the residency of the county and latter principality Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

In the 17th Century, Langenburg was the site of witch trials. The last victims, Anna Schmieg and Barbara Schleicher, were executed in 1672.

Sights[edit]

Langenburg has a vintage car museum and the large Langenburg Castle, the seat of the family of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Robisheaux, Thomas (2009). The Last Witch of Langenburg: Murder in a German Village. W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN 978-0-393-06551-0. 

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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.