|• Mayor||Thomas Schäuble|
|• Total||12.76 km2 (4.93 sq mi)|
|Elevation||360 m (1,180 ft)|
|• Density||600/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The settlement of Lauchringen can be traced to early Alemannic times. This can be seen in the name tag "-ingen" and is also proven through archaeological findings. The first written record for part of Oberlauchringen can be found in a document of the monastery of Rheinau in 860.
The present municipality has been formed by the merger of the two formerly independent parishes of Ober- and Unterlauchringen.
- To 1971, in Oberlauchringen: Berthold Schmidt, in Unterlauchringen: August Strittmatter
- 07|01|1971 - 07|31|2002 Bertold Schmidt
- Since 08|01|2002 Thomas Schäuble
Coat of arms
Lauchringen's coat of arms is divided horizontally. The upper half depicts three stylised red spearheads on a silver field. The lower half portrays a walking silver swan on a blue field. This coat of arms was introduced after the merger of the municipality in 1971 and is based on the former coats of arms of its two constituents.
The municipal colours are blue and white.
Culture and sights
- The Äulebodenstraße und das Rappennest was awarded with a first place in 2005 in the contest "Schönste Eigenheimsiedlung Deutschlands" (most beautiful settlement in Germany)
- The so-called "Dicke Eiche" (big oak) in the Wiggenberg is an impressive relic of a tree. It grew in the second part of the 18th century and is the oldest and mightiest tree in the area.
- The market in Unterlauchringen was rebuilt in 2005. Every Thursday a market and on special occasions (i.e. soccer championships) public viewing events take place in this location.
- The Gasthaus Adler is one of the oldest restaurants in the district.
- The Wutach
Lauchringen has a solar heated swimming pool with a 64-metre-long slide, streaming channel, 50-metre sports pool, pools for non-swimmers, jump tower with 1-, 2- and 3-metre boards, bathing and playing area for infants, kiosk, several beach volleyball and basketball fields and many more. It has an overall water area of over 2,000 m². Opened from around May till September. Built in 1975 and evolved to an action swimming pool, it is one of the biggest swimming pools in the High Rhine area.
The Lauchringer Wutachstadion is a football-only stadium with a large grandstand and is home to its oldest football club, SC Lauchringen. Next to the football stadium is an athletics field with a basketball pitch. The other football club, AGS Lauchringen, has its own ground.
Located next to the stadium and the swimming pool is the tennis club, with 6 sand courts as well as 4 indoor courts.
In Lauchringen there are three gyms. The big gym on the area of the secondary school, where the Handball Club and the Turnverein (general sports club) are at home. Farther on there is the town gym in Unterlauchringen, which is used as a gym and for certain events. In Oberlauchringen there is a smaller multi-purpose gym.
- two forest music events, one organized by the Oberlauchringen music club and one by the Oberlauchringen choir
- regular concerts by both music club (i.e. Easter and Christmas concerts)
- market on Thursday
- Rock an der Wutach organized by the Unterlauchringen music club
- the Lindenplatzfest organized by the Narrenverein Räbenheim e. V.
- theater by the non-professional acting group Lampenfieber
- special big Christmas market
- The Lauchringer "5er" marathon
- exchange events with the partner city St. Pierre de Chandieu
Economy and infrastructure
Lauchringen is a small railroad node. Most important connections are the Upper Rhine Railway from Basel to Singen/Konstanz and the Wutach Valley Railway to Immendingen. The Upper Rhine Railway has hourly connections to Basel. The Wutach Valley Railway is only sporadically used for historical events.
The havily used Bundesstraße (state road) B34 is crossing the B314. Farther on is a part of the Autobahn A98. The next part, which is supposed to lead the traffic around Lauchringen and relax the tense situation inside the town.
The biggest employer of Lauchringen is the cloth company Laufenmühle. It employs more than 450 workers. Another widely known company is the jam-producing Simmler-Konfitüren. Several smaller companies are also situated in Lauchringen.
In Lauchringen there are two grammar schools, one in each part. A secondary school is located farther away.
The former mayor Bertold Schmidt, who was in service from 1960-1971 in Oberlauchringen and afterwards mayor of the whole town until 2002 was named Honorary Citizen for his wide range of achievements for the town.
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