|• Mayor||Bernd Siefermann|
|• Total||32.08 km2 (12.39 sq mi)|
|Elevation||150 m (490 ft)|
|• Density||230/km2 (580/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
In addition to Renchen (proper) the city includes the boroughs of Erlach and Ulm zu Renchen.
Renchen was first in official documents in 1115. In 1326 it received a city charter but the city lost it again as well as all significance when it was destroyed during the Thirty Years' War. In 1838 the Grand Duke of Baden again granted a city charter to Renchen but it again lost the right to call itself a city as a result of the German district reform in 1935. Renchen then received a city charter for the third time in 1950 in recognition of its historic importance.
Renchen's borough of Ulm zu Renchen is known mostly for its Ulmer Bier, a specialty beer brewed only at full moon.
As of February 2006, Renchen's city council has the following composition:
- 1945: Albert Dietrich
- -1969: Franz Brandstetter
- 1969-1985: Erich Huber
- 1985–2000: Klaus Brodbeck
- since 2000: Bernd Siefermann
People, culture & architecture
Economy and infrastructure
In Renchen the Offenburger Tageblatt publishes a daily local edition as "Acher-Rench-Zeitung" and the Stattzeitung für Südbaden is an alternative magazine offered in the area.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Amand Goegg (1820-1897), Baden freedom fighter, honorary citizen of the city Geneva, married the women's rightswoman Marie Goegg-Pouchoulin
- Martin Knosp (born 1959), wrestler, World Champion 1981,
- Norbert Dobeleit (born 1964), athlete, medalists at the Seoul Summer Olympic Games 1988
Renchen likes to call itself the city of Grimmelshausen, as the poet Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, author of Der Abenteuerliche Simplicissimus Teutsch, served from 1667 until his death in 1676 as the Bishop of Strasbourg's executor in Renchen.