|• Mayor||Wilfried Glässer (FW)|
|• Total||29.71 km2 (11.47 sq mi)|
|Elevation||350 m (1,150 ft)|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||09126, (09192)|
Eckental is a municipality in the district of Erlangen-Höchstadt, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 14 km east of Erlangen, and 16 km northeast of Nuremberg. It contains 17 districts: Benzendorf, Brand, Brandermühle, Büg, Ebach, Eckenhaid, Eckenmühle, Eschenau, Forth, Frohnhof, Herpersdorf, Illhof, Marquardsburg, Mausgesees, Oberschöllenbach, Oedhof and Unterschöllenbach.
In 1972 the Bavarian government reduced its number of communities from 7,010 to 2,056. This forged together the market town Eschenau and the formerly independent communes Forth, Eckenhaid, Herpersdorf, Benzendorf, Oberschöllenbach, Unterschöllenbach and parts of Pettensiedel under the newly invented name of Eckental. It was the same year that its coat of arms was designed. In 1978 also the village Brand joined in. The individual villages were founded in the Middle Ages about in the middle of the 11th and 12th century.
The romantic church St Bartholomäus in Eschenau was built in the beginning of the 14th century, later burned down and rebuilt in the middle of the 15th century, it is the municipality's oldest church. Also there are ancient mansions in Brand, Eschenau and Eckenhaid built between the 17th and the 18th centuries.
Coat of Arms
The coat of arms has a golden background in front of it in the middle is a red post bearing a silver fish. On its left side is an armed black lion with a red crown and on the post's left side is a black goat. In the nether part is a blue wave, which symbolizes the Eckenbach, a small river from which the municipality's name derives. The crowned black lion and the silver fish were taken from the former coat of arms of Eschenau, into which they were copied from the blazon of the Patrician family Muffel, which ruled over the market town until 1751. The black goat on the other hand was copied from the crest of Forth originally obtained by the barons von Gotzmann, it is also supposed to remind of all the noble families who gained power over Forth and Büg.
Eckental has many organizations and clubs such as the scouts' association Pfadfinderbund Weltenbummler, the youth orchestra Jugendkapelle Eckental, two choral societies and a Sudeten German folk dance club, different church organizations and volunteer fire departments. Also there is a variety of sports teams such as a chess club, a handball team, an athletics team, a martial arts team, a tennis team, two Schützenvereine, a fishing club and six different soccer teams.
Eckental's partner towns are the French town of Ambazac (since 1987) and Högyész in Hungary (since 1990). Eckental is easily accessible by train from Nuremberg taking the R21 from Nürnberg Nordost station or by car driving north on the Bundesstraße 2. Eckental has got a Gymnasium and a Mittelschule and also elementary schools in nearly all of its districts, a weekly magazine called the Wochenblatt and a public library. Also Eckental hosts an annual professional ATP Challenger Tour tennis tournament called the Bauer Watertechnology Cup.
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- Pdf on Bavarian territorial reform
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- Haus der Bayerischen Gemeinden
- Youth Office Eckental, Wegweiser Eckental 2014 - Freizeit- und Beratungsangebote für Kinder und Jugendliche, Eckental, February 2014