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Coat of arms of Emmendingen
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Emmendingen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 48°7′17″N 7°50′57″E / 48.12139°N 7.84917°E / 48.12139; 7.84917Coordinates: 48°7′17″N 7°50′57″E / 48.12139°N 7.84917°E / 48.12139; 7.84917
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Emmendingen
 • Mayor Stefan Schlatterer (CDU)
 • Total 33.80 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
Population (2014-12-31)[1]
 • Total 26,872
 • Density 800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 79301–79312
Dialling codes 07641
Vehicle registration EM
Website www.emmendingen.de

Emmendingen is a town in Baden-Württemberg, capital of the district Emmendingen of Germany. It is located at the Elz River, 14 km (8.7 mi) north of Freiburg im Breisgau. The town contains more than 26,000 residents, which is the most in the Emmendingen district.


The town lies in Breisgau, between the foothills of the Black Forest and the Kaiserstuhl which rises out of the Rhine plain to the north of Freiburg. The land is between 189-368m (620–1200 ft) high. On the western edge of Emmendingen flows the Elz river, which divides shortly after its confluence with the Dreisam and Glotter near Riegel, into the Old Elz and the Leopoldskanal, which both flow into the Rhine. The Leopoldskanal was built in the middle 19th century.

Neighbour Cities[edit]

Emmendingen is bordered by several cities and municipalities. They are, clockwise from the north: Malterdingen, Kenzingen, Freiamt (Black Forest), Sexau, Denzlingen, Reute (Breisgau), and Teningen.


The first mention of this town in a document dates back to 1091, however it is much older. It officially became a town in 1590. There was also a neighboring town called Nieder-Emmendingen. The both merged in 1883.


Emmendingen has only a few small and mid-size companies. Probably one of the most notable is the "Wehrle-Werk AG", which manufactures boiler and water recycling plants.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Emmendingen is twinned with:


Emmendingen is a small town, but that does not mean that it lacks in interesting details. Listed are just a few of Emmendingen's claims to fame.

Cornelia Schlosser[edit]

Cornelia Schlosser (maiden name: Cornelia Friederica Christiana Goethe) was the only sibling of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and lived with her husband Johann Georg Schlosser in a house on the main square in Emmendingen. Today their house is the municipal library.

The main square of Emmendingen and the old town hall. This building is now used as the German Diary Archive.

Old Town Hall[edit]

The old Emmendingen town hall is also on the main square of town, though a new town hall was built fairly recently. Today the building is still utilized, but it is now home to the only archive of diaries in Germany.

Points of interest[edit]

People born in Emmendingen[edit]

  • Harriet Straub (1872–1945), German doctor and author
  • Fritz Boehle (1873–1916), German painter, drawer and sculptor
  • Fridolin Bosch (1889–1964), German architekt
  • Franz Merkle (1905–1960), German Volkswirt
  • Ernst Thomann (1910–2009), German artist and sculptor
  • Margret Thomann-Hegner (1911–2005), German painter
  • Rolf Weinstock (1920–1952), NS-Verfolgter and author
  • Hans Martin Erhardt (1935–2015), painter
  • Rolf Schweizer (1936–2016), German church musician
  • Patrick Kromer (* 1978), German trainer for bicycle sports
  • Andreas Blank (* 1980), German handball player
  • Jan Männer (* 1982), German football player
  • Dennis Bührer (* 1983), German football player
  • Anne Kaiser (* 1987), German football player (Bundesliga)
  • Jens Schöngarth (* 1988), German handball player


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