Birkenfeld (Enz)

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Birkenfeld
Birkenfeld Church
Birkenfeld Church
Coat of arms of Birkenfeld
Coat of arms
Birkenfeld  is located in Germany
Birkenfeld
Birkenfeld
Coordinates: 48°52′11″N 8°38′10″E / 48.86972°N 8.63611°E / 48.86972; 8.63611Coordinates: 48°52′11″N 8°38′10″E / 48.86972°N 8.63611°E / 48.86972; 8.63611
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Enzkreis
Government
 • Mayor Martin Steiner
Area
 • Total 19.04 km2 (7.35 sq mi)
Elevation 352 m (1,155 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,224
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 75217
Dialling codes 07231
Vehicle registration PF
Website www.birkenfeld-enzkreis.de/%20www.birkenfeld-enzkreis.de

Birkenfeld is a municipality in the Enz district, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated in the Northern Black Forest, 6 km southwest of Pforzheim. The town is located on the top plain, the area extends down to the river Enz valley.

The older neighbour village Gräfenhausen was incorporated in 1972.

Birkenfeld has a stop on route S6 of the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn, which operates over the Enztalbahn railway.[2]

Geography[edit]

Birkenfeld is located about 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) from Pforzheim in the Enz river valley at an elevation of 260 m (850 ft) to 352 m (1,155 ft) meters above sea level (NHN). Birkenfeld borders Pforzeim and the Enzkreis municipalities of Keltern, Straubenhardt, Neuenbürg and Engelsbrand.

History[edit]

The earliest documented history in Birkenfeld is to be found in grave finds in a Celtic settlement in the municipality dated to 400 BC. Around 100 AD, the area came under the control of the Roman Empire and a Roman estate was built nearby.

Economy[edit]

Stratec Biomedical Systems has their headquarters in Birkenfeld, as well as Müller Group slaughterhouses.

Citations[edit]

References[edit]

  • Garber, Stefan; Elste, Günter, eds. (2009). Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.