Pfullingen

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Pfullingen
Coat of arms of Pfullingen
Coat of arms
Pfullingen   is located in Germany
Pfullingen
Pfullingen
Coordinates: 48°27′56″N 09°13′34″E / 48.46556°N 9.22611°E / 48.46556; 9.22611Coordinates: 48°27′56″N 09°13′34″E / 48.46556°N 9.22611°E / 48.46556; 9.22611
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Reutlingen
Government
 • Mayor Rudolf Heß
Area
 • Total 30.12 km2 (11.63 sq mi)
Elevation 426 m (1,398 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 17,540
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 72793
Dialling codes 07121
Vehicle registration RT
Website www.pfullingen.de
The Schönbergturm

Pfullingen is a town in the district of Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated 3 km southeast of Reutlingen at the foot of the Swabian Alb. With its almost 20,000 inhabitants it is famous for its Handball team, which in 2006 had to file for bankruptcy, the Schönbergturm and the People mover.

Pfullingen is situated in the Northern foothills of the Alb in the valley of the river Echaz. Pfullingen is surrounded by the cone-like hills Achalm and Georgenberg as well as some mountains of the Albtrauf.

Pfullingen was first mentioned in a charta by Emperor Otto I in 937. It was the main settlement in the Pfullichgau.

At the end of the 14th century Pfullingen lost its city privileges after having been conquered and destroyed by the forces of the Free Imperial City Reutlingen. About 1500 Pfullingen became part of Württemberg, its city privileges being restored only in 1699.

An interesting facility is the peoplemover, an elevator, which is capable of crossing a road. Although cheaper to install than a conventional pedestrian bridge, it remained since its inauguration the only of its kind (two others at Altbach and Berlin run over rails) and is at present out of service.

Pfullingen is home to many schools, in 2013 Wilhem-Hauff-Realschule held an exchange with East Bergholt High School. The Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium, which is named by a famous German poet, held an exchange with Park Ridge High School, New Jersey.

Pfullingen plays an important position for the surrounding villages. Many people travel every day to Pfullingen to go to school, go to work or for travelling further to Reutlingen (via the Ursula-Berg Tunnel, which relieves the downtown traffic.

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