Sindelfingen

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Sindelfingen
St. Martin's church
St. Martin's church
Coat of arms of Sindelfingen
Coat of arms
Sindelfingen   is located in Germany
Sindelfingen
Sindelfingen
Coordinates: 48°42′48″N 9°0′10″E / 48.71333°N 9.00278°E / 48.71333; 9.00278Coordinates: 48°42′48″N 9°0′10″E / 48.71333°N 9.00278°E / 48.71333; 9.00278
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Böblingen
Government
 • Mayor Bernd Vöhringer
Area
 • Total 50.85 km2 (19.63 sq mi)
Elevation 449 m (1,473 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 60,795
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 71043–71069
Dialling codes 07031
Vehicle registration BB
Website www.sindelfingen.de

Sindelfingen is a German town near Stuttgart at the headwaters of the Schwippe (a tributary of the river Würm) that is the site of a Mercedes-Benz assembly plant.

History[edit]

  • 1155 First documented mention of Sindelfingen

In 1263, Sindelfingen was founded by the Count Rudolf Scherer of Tübingen-Herrenberg.[2]

In 1351 the city was sold to Württemberg.[2]

The weaving industry survived until most of Europe's textile industry was wiped out due to Asian imports. Some textile distribution centres are still left in the town. Former weaving mills can still be found in the city area, now used as offices for the computer industry. This is due to the takeover of Hollerith by IBM which used the punched card technology from the weaving mills.

Geography[edit]

Neighbouring towns and cities: Böblingen (continuous), Stuttgart (15 km), Leonberg. The highest point is 531 metres above sea level and to the north is the Glemswald (Nature reserve).

Main sights[edit]

Statue of gossips in the Altstadt of Sindelfingen
  • Old city hall (Rathaus), now the city museum (free admission)
  • St Martin's church (Martinskirche) (built: 11th–12th century)
  • A short alley with half timbered houses (Fachwerkhäusern)
  • Old cemetery (behind city library)
  • Witch jump
  • Cloister Lake
  • Large public swimming pool with a long water slide [1]
  • Water-tower on Goldberg
  • Water-tower Sindelfingen-Steige
  • Water-tower Sindelfingen-Eichholz
  • Friendship Fountain on the market place, designed by Bonifatius Stirnberg [2]. Around a central fountain with the Pegasus are six small fountains representing the six partner towns of Sindelfingen. The figures can rotate.
  • Miniature Railway in the Sommerhofen Park
  • Powerline-branch Maichingen
  • Zweigart-Sawitzki-Bridge
  • High-based pylons
  • TV repeater Darmsheim
  • Transmitter Tower Fuchsberg
  • Transmitter Tower service area Forest of Sindelfingen
  • Daimler AG factory. Tours can be arranged through Mercedes dealers.
  • Haus zur Geschichte der IBM Datenverarbeitung (IBM Dataprocessing History Museum)

Culture[edit]

Sindelfingen has an annual International Street Fair which features ethnic food and performances from the partner cities, as well as from various local ethnic clubs.

Demography[edit]

The resident counts below are either estimates, based upon census (*) or official records of respective statistical offices. All figures after 1871 are taken from the statistical office of Baden-Württemberg.[4]

Year Residents
1500 ca. 1000
1600 ca. 1400
1702 1402
1803 2981
1850 4310
1861 3804
1. December 1871 * 3704
1. December 1880 * 3934
1. December 1890 * 4239
1. December 1900 * 4291
1. December 1910 * 4589
16. June 1925 * 5394
16. June 1933 * 6986
Year Residents
17. May 1939 * 8.465
1946 10.027
13. September 1950 * 11.448
6. June 1961 * 26.127
27. May 1970 * 40.785
31. December 1975 54.134
31. December 1980 54.808
27. May 1987 * 57.005
31. December 1990 58.805
31. December 1995 59.435
31. December 2000 60.843
31. December 2005 60.843
31. December 2010 60.445

Natives[edit]

Transport[edit]

Sindelfingen can be reached through the A8 and A81 motorways, and through the S-Bahn connections to Stuttgart or Herrenberg; the nearest airport is in Stuttgart.

Twin towns[edit]

Sindelfingen is twinned with:

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