Waiblingen

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Waiblingen
Waiblingen
Waiblingen
Coat of arms of Waiblingen
Coat of arms
Waiblingen   is located in Germany
Waiblingen
Waiblingen
Coordinates: 48°49′49″N 09°19′01″E / 48.83028°N 9.31694°E / 48.83028; 9.31694Coordinates: 48°49′49″N 09°19′01″E / 48.83028°N 9.31694°E / 48.83028; 9.31694
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Rems-Murr-Kreis
Government
 • Mayor Andreas Hesky (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 42.76 km2 (16.51 sq mi)
Elevation 230 m (750 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 52,302
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 71331–71336
Dialling codes 07151, 07146
Vehicle registration WN
Website www.waiblingen.de

Waiblingen is a town in the southwest of Germany, located in the center of the densely populated Stuttgart Region, directly neighboring Stuttgart. It is the capital of the Rems-Murr district. As of September 30, 2004 Waiblingen accommodated 52,948 inhabitants (25,953 men and 26,995 women).

As of December 31, 2004, the area of the town (including all external proprieties, such as forests) was 42.76 km².

History[edit]

Waiblingen was first mentioned in Carolingian documents in 885 at the time of Charles the Fat. It received its town charter in 1250.

Waiblingen was the property of the Salian kings, from whom the Hohenstaufen dukes and kings inherited it. It is assumed that the Italian name of the Hohenstaufen party, Ghibelline, is derived from "Waiblingen".

The town was almost completely destroyed in 1634 during the Thirty Years' War, and its citizens either killed or deported. It was rebuilt after the war; the existing old central part of the town dates back to the years between 1640 and 1700. Its fortifications are now well restored.

Incorporation[edit]

The following towns were incorporated into Waiblingen:

Economy[edit]

Waiblingen houses the principal office of the world's biggest chainsaw manufacturer, Stihl. Robert Bosch GmbH has two factories there, for polymer and packaging technology.

It is also the location for the letter processing center for the Stuttgart region of the Deutsche Post.

International relations[edit]

Waiblingen is twinned with:

Honorary citizens[edit]

  • 1883: Dr. med. Gustav Pfeilsticker
  • 1907: Ferdinand Küderli
  • 1930: Theodor Kaiser
  • 1932: Friedrich Schofer
  • 1934: Albert Roller
  • 1953: Emil Münz
  • 1967: Alfred Diebold
  • 1968: Adolf Bauer
  • 1997: Dr. Ulrich Gauß
  • 1997: Hans Peter Stihl
  • 1997: Albrecht Villinger

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. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Waiblingen at Wikimedia Commons