Feldberg, Baden-Württemberg

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Feldberg
Coat of arms of Feldberg
Coat of arms
Feldberg  is located in Germany
Feldberg
Feldberg
Coordinates: 47°51′22″N 8°6′42″E / 47.85611°N 8.11167°E / 47.85611; 8.11167Coordinates: 47°51′22″N 8°6′42″E / 47.85611°N 8.11167°E / 47.85611; 8.11167
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald
Government
 • Mayor Stefan Wirbser
Area
 • Total 24.97 km2 (9.64 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,912
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 79868
Dialling codes 07676 / 07655
Vehicle registration FR
Website www.feldberg-schwarzwald.de

Feldberg is a municipality in the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. It is located near the Feldberg, the highest summit in Baden-Württemberg. At an elevation of 1277m, it is considered the highest village in Germany.

Geography[edit]

The Feldberg municipality has the slogan "The highest in the Black Forest" (German: Das Höchste im Schwarzwald) and is located in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park at the Feldberg Pass. It is located between Wiesenthal (to the south) and Gutachtal (to the north). The largest section of the municipality is the "Falkau" area, where the town hall is located.

Community Structure[edit]

The current Feldberg municipality includes the three former Feldberg, Altglashütten, and Falkhau and consists of 30 villages, sections, farms, and cottages and houses.

History[edit]

The first mention of Feldberg was made in 983, but there was a separate municipality with the same name until January 1, 1939, when isolated pastures were combined with the municipality Bärental (970 m above sea level). They were previously owned by the municipalities Bernau, Brandenberg, Hinterzarten, Menzenschwand, St. William, Todtnau and Zastler. What was left of Brandenberg after incorporation to Feldberg became a new district in Todtnau. [2]

Politics[edit]

Local Council[edit]

The general election on May 25, 2014 resulted in the following allocation of seats within the local council:

Political Party Number of Seats
CDU 5 seats (-1)
Free Voters 3 seats (-1)
Bürgerliste Feldberg 2 seats (±0)

Administration[edit]

There is an inter-municipality agreement with the neighbouring Schluchsee municipality.

Coat of Arms[edit]

In 1974, the ministry of the interior granted Dr. Alfred Simon permission to design the following crest: a red plate head holding two crossed silver snowshoes lies above a split silver and blue area. The blue section, on the left, holds three silver discs, and the silver section, on the right, holds a green fir tree.

The founder municipalities Feldberg, Bärental, and Altglashütten are represented by the three primary colours red, white, and blue. The blue also most likely represents the connection to the former House of Fürstenberg (Swabia). The meaning of the three discs leaves room for speculation. They are either reminiscent of glass spheres and glaziers or of the three lakes that meet within the boundary of Feldberg: Titisee, Windgfällweiher und Schluchsee. They could also symbolize the unity of the three communities.

Yellow cartouche
Altglashütten
Red cartouche
Neuglashütten
Falkau
Falkau
Coat of arms of the former municipalities

Partner Town[edit]

Feldberg has a sister city agreement with the municipality of La Clusaz in France im Département Haute-Savoie, which is, like Feldberg, a winter sport centre.

Economy and Infrastructure[edit]

Traffic[edit]

Federal highways 500 and 317 intersect in Bärental. The construction of the Dreiseenbahn, which runs from Titisee to Seebrugg, was completed in 1926 and in Bärental, it is Germany's highest railway on a standard gauge track.

Education[edit]

Altglashütten has a primary school and a kindergarten.

Culture and Sightseeing[edit]

Natural Monuments[edit]

The sponsoring association of the Southern Black Forest Nature Park has its seat in Feldberg.

  • Feldsee, a tarn excavated by the Feldberg glacier below the summit.
  • Zastler Loch, formed as the Feldberg glacier excavated valleys in the former village of Zastler
  • Bärhalde, a botanically interesting forest summit with rocks and small moors
  • Rotmeer, a swampy area
  • Seebach waterfall, near the town of Behabühl
  • Falkau waterfall in Haslach
  • Headwaters of the Wiese, Alb (Upper Rhine), and Wutach rivers

Regular Events[edit]

The Lawrence of Rome festival occurs yearly on the Feldberg in addition to the nearby annual Altglashütten town festival.

Notable People[edit]

Community Members[edit]

  • Julius Kibiger (1902–1983), artist and painter, produced over 4000 works [3] and became one of the most productive and well-known painters of the Markgräflerland region. He was known mostly for his watercolour and oil paintings, but completed many sketches and pastel drawings as well.
  • Hansy Vogt (born 1967), lead singer of the folk music group Die Feldberger and television presenter

with connections to Feldberg[edit]

  • Hans Vehrenberg (1910–1991), publisher and amateur astronomer, ran a private observatory in Falkau. He was famous for his photography and star atlases (Falkauer Atlas und Atlas Stellarum) as well as his books.
  • August Euler (1868–1957), pioneer aviator, lived in a house on the Seebuck mountain until his death in 1957
  • Elisabeth Heimpel (1902–1972), educator and social worker, died in the forest near Falkau as a result of a stroke
  • Ernst Rudolf Huber (1903–1990)

Literature[edit]

  • August Vetter: Feldberg im Schwarzwald, Selbstverlag der Gemeinde Feldberg (Schwarzwald), 1982/1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland nach Fläche, Bevölkerung und Postleitzahl am 30.09.2016". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ Vetter (1996). p. 318.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Münch, Volker. "Julius Kibigers zeichnerische Seite". Badische Zeitung. Ausgabe Müllheim. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 

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