Görwihl

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Görwihl
Coat of arms of Görwihl
Coat of arms
Görwihl   is located in Germany
Görwihl
Görwihl
Coordinates: 47°38′28″N 08°04′42″E / 47.64111°N 8.07833°E / 47.64111; 8.07833Coordinates: 47°38′28″N 08°04′42″E / 47.64111°N 8.07833°E / 47.64111; 8.07833
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Waldshut
Government
 • Mayor Carsten Quednow
Area
 • Total 50.42 km2 (19.47 sq mi)
Elevation 612 m (2,008 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 4,275
 • Density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 79733
Dialling codes 07754
Vehicle registration WT
Website www.goerwihl.de

Görwihl is a town in the district of Waldshut in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Oberwihl, a parish of Görwihl

History[edit]

The name is derived from the ancient German for spear, due to the spearhead shape of the area at the time.

Görwihl was established in 1193, and was first recorded as Gerswillare. Like many places in the region, Görwihl belonged to the county Hauenstein within Further Austria. It became the centre of legal activity for the region and played a role in the peasants' uprising. In 1806, Görwihl became part of the newly created Grand Duchy of Baden.

The community in its present scale was developed in the context of Baden-Wurttemberg regional reform. Rotzingen joined the municipality of Görwihl in 1971 and Hartschwand in 1972, with the other districts following in 1975.

Geography[edit]

Görwihl is within the Hotzenwald region, and lies in the southernmost part of the Black Forest, at the edge of the River Alb, a tributary of the Rhine. The landscape of the region is characterized by high plateaus of various sizes, the stepped terraces descending toward the south. About 60% of the area within the town boundary consists of forest.

The community is bordered to the north by Ibach, on the east by Albbruck, in the south by the city of Laufenburg and on the west by Rickenbach and Herrischried.

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