|• Mayor||Christiane Staab (CDU)|
|• Total||19.91 km2 (7.69 sq mi)|
|Elevation||110 m (360 ft)|
|• Density||730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Walldorf is currently probably best known as the city that headquarters the world's third largest software company SAP, 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. 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 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.
There is a group of Hallstatt culture barrows in the Hochholz woods, near the offices of SAP Deutschland. 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.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:
- 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%)
- Astoria, Oregon, USA, since 1963
- Kırklareli, Turkey, since 1970
- Saint-Max, France, since 1985
- Waldorf, Maryland, USA, since 2002
- Freeport, New York, USA, since 2003
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.
Walldorf is most famous for its white asparagus, which one may enjoy in the months of April through June.
- Joseph Anton Sambuga, theologian, born June 9, 1752 in Walldorf, died January 15, 1815 at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich.
- John Jacob Astor, at the time of his death the wealthiest man in the United States.
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- "Legal disclosure." SAP AG. Retrieved on 10 April 2014. "Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16 69190 Walldorf"
- Die Synagoge in Walldorf (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis). Alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved on 2013-07-26.
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