Plochingen

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Plochingen
Hundertwasser house
Hundertwasser house
Coat of arms of Plochingen
Coat of arms
Plochingen  is located in Germany
Plochingen
Plochingen
Coordinates: 48°42′42″N 9°24′59″E / 48.71167°N 9.41639°E / 48.71167; 9.41639Coordinates: 48°42′42″N 9°24′59″E / 48.71167°N 9.41639°E / 48.71167; 9.41639
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Esslingen
Government
 • Mayor Frank Buß
Area
 • Total 10.65 km2 (4.11 sq mi)
Elevation 276 m (906 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 13,997
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 73201–73207
Dialling codes 07153
Vehicle registration ES
Website www.plochingen.de
The Hundertwasser house

Plochingen is a town in the district of Esslingen in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany.

Geography[edit]

It is located at the confluence of Fils and Neckar, 19 km southeast of Stuttgart and the Neckar is navigable from here on.

History[edit]

For the first time Plochingen was mentioned in 1146 as "Blochingen" in a document of Conrad III of Germany. In Plochingen were two castles, but none of them are left.[2] Plochingen was 1698 post station on the imperial post road from Antwerp to Venice. The Fils Valley Railway came 1846 up to Plochingen, only a year after in Württemberg the line between Cannstatt and Untertürkheim had been opened. The Swabian Jura Association was founded in 1888 in the still existing restaurant Waldhorn. on 1 June 1913 a tornado destroyed numerous buildings in Plochingen.[3] On April 13, 1948, the municipality of Plochingen became a town. On 12 July 1968, was the inauguration of the Neckar harbor Plochingen. Since the beginning of the S-Bahn Stuttgart traffic on 1 October 1978, the vehicles are technically maintained and cleaned in the depot Plochingen. 1998 Plochingen hosted the Landesgartenschau of Baden-Württemberg.

Mayors[edit]

  • Until 1969: Emil Hartung
  • 1969–2008: Eugen Beck
  • Since 2008: Frank Buß
Old town hall

Transportation[edit]

Plochingen is one of the main stations on line one (S1) of the Stuttgart S-Bahn. The Fils Valley Railway, part of the connection from Stuttgart to Munich, runs through Plochingen, with the Neckar-Alb Railway to Tübingen starting here. The public transport here is good, so that even on weekends bus and train connections are very frequent.

Plochingen station

Culture[edit]

Close to the railway station is a Hundertwasserhaus, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and built in 1992. As this house should "not disturb the traditional skyline of the town", the house is rather conventional on the outside, which is unlike other Hundertwasserhauses. However, there is a single, significant tower in a style typical of Hundertwasser visible from outside the complex. The interior court evokes a typical Hundertwasser style. The courtyard also features a cafe.

Industry[edit]

Close to the Railway station is located the office of the Automotive giant BOSCH. Many people travel to Plochingen every morning for their work. Also near the Railway station, there is another company, Ceramtec.

Plochingen is located in Neckar
Plochingen
Plochingen on Neckar River

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Plochingen is twinned with:

Notable people from Plochingen[edit]

  • Christian Friedrich Löw (1778–1843), Schultheiß in Beuren, Member of Landtag
  • Ferdinand Huttenlocher (1856–1925), Sculptor and painter
  • Heinz Mauser (1919–1995), chemist and professor
  • Gotthilf Fischer (born 1928), head of choir, known for founding the Fischer-Chöre
  • Werner Niefer (1928–1993), manager in car industry Mercedes-Benz
  • Gerhard Mahler (1930–1996), entrepreneur and politician (CDU), former Member of Landtag
  • Egon Eigenthaler (de) (born 1938), advertising graphic designer, politician (Republikaner), Member of Landtag
  • Siegfried K. Wiedmann (born 1938), electrical engineer
  • Herbert Henzler (born 1941), former manager of McKinsey (1985–1999)
  • Thomas Franz (born 1953), major general of German Lufwaffe
  • Jürgen Resch (born 1960), business executive of Deutschen Umwelthilfe

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