Lorch (Württemberg)

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Coat of arms of Lorch
Coat of arms
Lorch  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 48°47′54″N 09°41′18″E / 48.79833°N 9.68833°E / 48.79833; 9.68833Coordinates: 48°47′54″N 09°41′18″E / 48.79833°N 9.68833°E / 48.79833; 9.68833
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Ostalbkreis
 • Mayor Karl Bühler
 • Total 34.28 km2 (13.24 sq mi)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,541
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 73547
Dialling codes 07172
Vehicle registration AA
Website www.stadt-lorch.de

Lorch is a small town situated in the Ostalbkreis district, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated on the river Rems, 8 km west of Schwäbisch Gmünd.


Lorch is situated on the bank of the Rems, which is a tributary of the Neckar River, between Schwäbisch Gmünd to its east and Schorndorf to its west. North of Lorch is the Swabian-Franconian Forest and to the south lies the Swabian Alps. Lorch is a member of the Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Park and is located at the Limes hiking route (HW 6) of the Swabian Alp Association. Lorch merged with the formerly-independent municipality of Waldhausen. Since December 31, 1971 it has included 35 different hamlets, villages and farms. As of 2012, Lorch has been divided into 5 boroughs: Kirneck (396 inhabitants), Lorch (6492 inhabitants), Rattenharz (251 inhabitants), Waldhausen (2698 inhabitants) and Weitmars (1030 inhabitants).[2]


During the Roman Era, it served as a vital link in the Limes Germanicus. The monastery at Lorch was founded by Frederick I of Swabia in 1102.[3]

Friedrich Schiller lived here as a child between 1764 and 1766.

View of Lorch from the East. Steeple and buildings of monastery are visible on hill at right.
Lorch Monastery, Württemberg