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Coat of arms of Haigerloch
Coat of arms
Haigerloch   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 48°21′53″N 08°48′18″E / 48.36472°N 8.80500°E / 48.36472; 8.80500Coordinates: 48°21′53″N 08°48′18″E / 48.36472°N 8.80500°E / 48.36472; 8.80500
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Zollernalbkreis
 • Mayor Heinrich Götz, PhD
 • Total 76.46 km2 (29.52 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,531
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 72394–72401
Dialling codes 07474
Vehicle registration
Website www.haigerloch.de

Haigerloch is a town in the north-western part of the Swabian Alb in Germany.


Haigerloch castle and castle church

Geographical location[edit]

Haigerloch lies at between 430 and 550 metres elevation in the valley of the Eyach river, which forms two loops in a steep shelly limestone valley. The town is therefore also called the 'Felsenstädtchen' (rocky/cliffy small town).

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Haigerloch's neighbouring municipalities are specified below in clockwise order from the north, and belong to the Zollernalbkreis unless indicated.

Starzach ¹, Rangendingen, Grosselfingen, Balingen, Geislingen, Rosenfeld, Sulz am Neckar ², Empfingen ³ and Horb am Neckar ³.
¹ Landkreis Tübingen, ² Landkreis Rottweil, ³ Landkreis Freudenstadt


Haigerloch consists of the following nine districts:

  • Bad Imnau
  • Bittelbronn
  • Gruol
  • Hart
  • Haigerloch
  • Owingen
  • Stetten
  • Trillfingen
  • Weildorf


The first documented mention of Haigerloch was in the year 1095 on the occasion of the gift of the local castle. This castle was probably located in the area around the Upper Town. By 1200 the Counts of Hohenberg appear as the local lords and build a new castle on the Schlossberg. The lower town evolved into a market town. Rudolf I, a brother-in-law of Albert II Von Hohenberg-Haigerloch, awarded the town charter to Haigerloch before 1231. In 1268 a battle was fought just outside the city between Zollern and Hohenberg. In 1291 the city was besieged by Count Eberhard I of Württemberg; in 1347 the town was besieged again. From 1356 onward the upper town and lower town were administratively separated, but were reunited when the lordship of Haigerloch was sold to Austria in 1381. The Habsburgs pawned the property on several occasions, including to the Counts of Württemberg.

In 1487 rule of the city fell to the Hohenzollern. In 1567 under Christoph von Hohenzollern-Haigerloch the area around Haigerloch was an independent territory within the area of the Holy Roman Empire as Hohenzollern-Haigerloch. In this period, the present castle complex was built on the Schlossberg as the residence of the counts of Hohenzollern-Haigerloch, replacing the former high-medieval structure. In 1634 rule of the city descended to the line of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, whose residence city was the city of Haigerloch between 1737 and 1769.

In the last months of World War II, Haigerloch was the location of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physics, part of the German nuclear programme, which had the goal of achieving practical use of nuclear fission. According to current view the atomic bomb was not a direct objective of this work, but initially only the construction of the Haigerloch Research Reactor, which was constructed in a beer cellar beneath the palace church. Through courageous negotiations by the pastor to rescue the reactor facility it was spared from demolition by an American command on April 24, 1945, and today is the site of the Atomkeller-Museum with a replica of the reactor.[2]


Local council[edit]

In the local council election of 13 June 2004, the result was:

  • CDU - 15 seats
  • FWV - 9 seats
  • Social Ecologist List - 4 seats

Culture and objects of interest[edit]

Haigerloch nuclear reactor replica

Haigerloch lies on the Ferienstraße (holiday road) and on the Hohenzollernstraße.


Notable buildings[edit]

  • Atomic cellar in the rock under the castle church
  • Roman tower (Römerturm)
  • Lower part of town church
  • Jewish cemetery in the Hague
  • Kreisligist sports association Haigerloch in the ascent
  • Hotel Krone, upper city street
  • Synagogue[3]

Partnerships between cities[edit]

Economics and infrastructure[edit]

Haigerloch 1898


The L410 connects the city with Rangendingen to the east. The L360 forms the feeder, along with the federal highway B463, to the A81 motorway.

Local industry[edit]

One of the few rock salt mines still active in Germany is in the Stetten quarter. Salt has been extracted here since 1854.


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