Walldorf

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For the municipality in Thuringia, see Walldorf, Thuringia.
Walldorf is also a constituent community of Mörfelden-Walldorf in Hessen.
Walldorf
Astorhaus
Astorhaus
Coat of arms of Walldorf
Coat of arms
Walldorf is located in Germany
Walldorf
Walldorf
Coordinates: 49°18′0″N 08°39′0″E / 49.30000°N 8.65000°E / 49.30000; 8.65000Coordinates: 49°18′0″N 08°39′0″E / 49.30000°N 8.65000°E / 49.30000; 8.65000
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Government
 • Mayor Christiane Staab (CDU)
Area
 • Total 19.91 km2 (7.69 sq mi)
Elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 14,578
 • Density 730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 69190
Dialling codes 06227
Vehicle registration HD
Website www.walldorf.de

Walldorf is a town in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Walldorf is currently probably best known as the city that headquarters the world's third largest software company SAP,[2] but it is also the birthplace of the millionaire John Jacob Astor, at the time of his death the wealthiest man in the United States.[3] Astor's descendants of the Astor family perpetuated the North-Americanized version Waldorf in the names of The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Waldorf salad. It is also the origin of the name of the Waldorf-Astoria-Zigarettenfabrik and through it Waldorf education.

Walldorf is considered to be one of the richest towns in Europe and has often been awarded with the prize of the most economically attractive community in Germany.

The town is referred to, though not actually named, in John le Carré's novel Absolute Friends (2003), much of which is set in Heidelberg.

Geography[edit]

The neighbouring town to the east is Wiesloch. Both towns are strongly linked economically. Adjacent municipalities are Sandhausen, Leimen, Nußloch, St. Leon-Rot and Reilingen. The train station, named Wiesloch-Walldorf, is located between the two towns.

History[edit]

There is a group of Hallstatt culture barrows in the Hochholz woods, near the offices of SAP Deutschland.[4] The settlement was first mentioned as Waltorf in a 770 deed issued by the Abbey of Lorsch. The Electorate of the Palatinate received Walldorf as an Imperial fief in 1230. Thereafter, it suffered hard during the Thirty Years' War, and in 1689 was completely destroyed in the course of the Nine Years' War. The area was settled anew by religious refugees, among them the predecessors of John Jacob Astor, Waldensians from the Piedmont. With the 1803 German Mediatisation Walldorf fell to Baden. 1843 saw the building of the Rheintalbahn, which decisively promoted the economic development. In 1901, Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden granted Walldorf town privileges. After World War II, the establishing of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and of SAP made it one of the most prosperous towns of Germany.

Politics[edit]

Town hall

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:[5]

  • Christian Democratic Union: 7 (33,0%)
  • Free Democratic Party: 6 (25,1%)
  • Social Democratic Party of Germany: 5 (23,4%)
  • Alliance '90/The Greens: 4 (18,5%)

Economy[edit]

SAP AG head office

SAP AG has its headquarters in the city.[6]

Twin cities[edit]

Sights[edit]

The Astorhaus was built in 1854, from a pecuniary legacy of the deceased John Jacob Astor to his hometown. For decades, it served as an almshouse, and now hosts the register office and a museum.

The 19th century synagogue was devastated in the 1938 Kristallnacht, and is now in use as a New Apostolic church.[7]

Walldorf is most famous for its white asparagus, which one may enjoy in the months of April through June.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31.12.2012 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 12 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Forbes 2000 The World's Biggest Public Companies: Software and Programming". Forbes. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ http://www.walldorf.de/2010/index.php?seite=57#Gemeinderat
  6. ^ "Legal disclosure." SAP AG. Retrieved on 10 April 2014. "Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16 69190 Walldorf"
  7. ^ Die Synagoge in Walldorf (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis). Alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved on 2013-07-26.

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