Wilhelmsfeld

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Wilhelmsfeld
View of the town
View of the town
Coat of arms of Wilhelmsfeld
Coat of arms
Wilhelmsfeld   is located in Germany
Wilhelmsfeld
Wilhelmsfeld
Coordinates: 49°28′18″N 08°45′20″E / 49.47167°N 8.75556°E / 49.47167; 8.75556Coordinates: 49°28′18″N 08°45′20″E / 49.47167°N 8.75556°E / 49.47167; 8.75556
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Founded 1710
Government
 • Mayor Hans Zellner
Area
 • Total 4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Elevation 386 m (1,266 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,185
 • Density 670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 69259
Dialling codes 06220
Vehicle registration HD
Website www.wilhelmsfeld.de

Wilhelmsfeld is a municipality in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Geography[edit]

Wilhelmsfeld is a state-certified climatic health resort in the hills of the southern Odenwald, between 260 and 533m above sea-level. The surrounding communities are Heidelberg, Schriesheim, Heiligkreuzsteinach, and Schönau.

History[edit]

Wilhelmsfeld was established in 1710, when Johann Wilhelm, prince-elector of the Electorate of the Palatinate, granted five farmers from the Steinach river valley the right to settle there. The settlement was named after the prince-elector, but it belonged to Heiligkreuzsteinach administratively. Wilhelmsfeld became independent in 1810, after the region was annexed by Baden.

Government[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council includes 14 councilors excluding the mayor (Bürgermeister).

Municipal Council 2004
Party Votes Seats
Green  % 4
BGW  % 3
CDU  % 3
Independent (Freie Wähler Verein)  % 3
SPD  % 1
Voter Participation: %

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms is based on a seal from 1818. The coat of arms was created by the General State Archive in 1911 on basis of the seal. The sickle and the handaxe represent agriculture and forestry, the most important industries in Wilhelmsfeld in the 19th century.

The flag is white and blue and was awarded by the Ministry of the State in 1956.

Culture and attractions[edit]

Teltschik Tower

The Teltschik Tower is a 41-meter-tall lookout tower, which stands on the mountain, Schriesheimer Kopf, at 530m above sea level. The tower was financed by a donation from the Teltschik family.

Notable natives[edit]

The doctor, poet, and Philippine national hero, José Rizal, spent an important part of his life in Wilhelmsfeld. He stayed several months in 1886 with the Protestant pastor Ullmer's family, while he practiced medicine at the university eye clinic in Heidelberg.

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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