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Townhall and congress centre
Townhall and congress centre
Coat of arms of Kornwestheim
Coat of arms
Kornwestheim  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 48.8598°0′0″N 9.1852°0′0″E / 48.85980°N 9.18520°E / 48.85980; 9.18520Coordinates: 48.8598°0′0″N 9.1852°0′0″E / 48.85980°N 9.18520°E / 48.85980; 9.18520
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Ludwigsburg
 • Mayor Ursula Keck
 • Total 14.64 km2 (5.65 sq mi)
Elevation 297 m (974 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 33,153
 • Density 2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 70797–70806
Dialling codes 07154
Vehicle registration LB
Website www.kornwestheim.de

Kornwestheim is a town in the district of Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated about 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of Stuttgart, and 5 kilometres (3 miles) south of Ludwigsburg.


Becoming a city from the mid-19th century[edit]

The shoemaker Jakob Sigle, opened here in 1885 his workshop and founded in 1891 together with the merchant Max Levi the shoe factory J. Sigle & Cie., later nationally known as Salamander AG. In 1898 followed the maschine factory Albert Stotz, and in 1939, the Kreidler company went into operation. With effect from April 1, 1931, Kornwestheim received its town charter. As part of the German re-armament, the Hindenburg and the Ludendorff barracks were built in 1934 and Kornwestheim became in 1935/36 garrison town. The Second World War claimed many victims. By Allied air raids 162 people were killed and 160 buildings were destroyed. At the front, 478 Kornwestheim soldiers died. On April 21, 1945, US-troops came into the town and took advantage of the existing barracks until 1993. Kornwestheim became on April 1, 1956 district town.


At the head of the municipality Kornwestheim was a Schultheiß. Since 1930 he is called mayor and since 1956 Lord mayor.

  • 1793-1814: Johann Georg Sigle
  • 1815-1823: Jakob Friedrich Sigle
  • 1823-1840: Jakob Friedrich Ergenzinger
  • 1841-1855: Christoph Richt
  • 1855-1877: Thomas Hofmann
  • 1877-1887: Georg Mayer
  • 1887-1892: Karl Sigle
  • 1892-1902: Adolf Voelmle
  • 1902-1930: Friedrich Siller
  • 1930-1931: Theodor Steimle
  • 1931-1933: Friedrich Siller, temporary administrator
  • 1933-1945: Alfred Kercher, 1933 initially as temporary administrator
  • 1945: Gotthilf Küntzle,
  • 1945-1948: Friedrich Warthmann, 1945-1946
  • 1948-1954: Nathanael Schulz
  • 1954-1962: Alfred Kercher
  • 1962-1982: Siegfried Pflugfeld
  • 1982-1999: Ernst Fischer
  • 1999-2007: Ulrich Rommelfanger
  • Since 2007: Ursula Keck (re-elected on 21 June 2015, 54.44% of the vote[2])


At the western edge of Kornwestheim is the Kornwestheim classification yard. Up to 1600 freight cars are daily put together to freight trains. This is the second largest classification yard of Baden-Württemberg.


As newspaper appears in Kornwestheim the Kornwestheimer Zeitung.

Local Authorities and Councils[edit]

Kornwestheim has a notary. In the city is the Landesamt für Flurneuordnung und Landesentwicklung Baden-Württemberg. On the former Salamander area is since March 21, 2012, the Baden-Württemberg Grundbuchzentralarchiv.[3]


The Kornwestheim Drive-In Cinema is the only drive-in cinema in Baden-Wuerttemberg. It lies in the town of the same name in the Ludwigsburg district and is well-known outside the region. It has two projection walls; these are 15 metres (49 ft) high by 36 metres (118 ft) wide, and 10 metres (33 ft) high by 24 metres (79 ft) wide. For sound, the Kornwestheim Drive-In Cinema has two FM-transmitters which work on 89 MHz for the sound of the film shown on the big projection wall, and on 91.3 MHz for the sound of the film shown on the small projection wall. The light intensity of the projectors used is 6 Kilowatts.

Kreidler Werke GmbH[edit]

The well known small motorcycle and moped manufacturer Kreidler was situated here. It was founded in 1903 by Anton Kreidler and was at first a metalworking factory. Later in the 1950s they started producing small motorcycles with an engine capacity of 50 cc. In the later 1970s they became successful in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Riders such as Jan de Vries and Henk van Kessel won world championships and set speed records with these machines.

Twin towns[edit]

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Kornwestheim is twinned with:[4]


The town Kornwestheim has conferred to the following persons the honorary citizenship.

  • 1896: Hugo von Baur, Colonel and commander of the Landwehr District Ludwigsburg
  • 1916: Jakob Sigle, Privy Councillor of Commerce, Founder of Salamander AG
  • 1916: Max Levi, Consul, co-founder of Salamander AG
  • 1927: Ernst Sigle, Honorary Chairman of Salamander AG
  • 1927: Isidor Rothschild (1860–1929), the Management and Supervisory Board of Salamander AG
  • 1930: Friedrich Siller, Schultheiss
  • 1950: Karl Joos, founder of the District Cooperative Altwürttemberg
  • 1963: Alfred Kercher, Mayor retired
  • 1970: Marius Faisse, mayor of the twin town Villeneuve-Saint-Georges
  • 1989: Siegfried Pflugfelder, Mayor ret.
  • 2004: Ernst Fischer, Mayor ret.
  • 2011: Siegbert Hörer, local politician

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Jakob Vogel (born 1584), physician and writer
  • Jakob Sigle (1861–1935), founder of the shoe factory Salamander AG
  • Walter Maier-Kößler (1914–1994), Painter
  • Günther C. Kirchberger (1928–2010), painter and Artists
  • Karl Lang (born 1929), politician (CDU)
  • Georg Utz (born 1935), ringer
  • Roland Geiger (born 1941), screen printers, publishers and art gallery owner
  • Anneke Dürkopp (born 1979), presenter