Old town hall
|• Mayor||Georg Kletti (CDU)|
|• Total||14.55 km2 (5.62 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Sandhausen belongs to the Rhein-Neckar Metropolitan region. It is known for its sand dune, which is an uncommon phenomenon in this circle of latitude.
The first recorded mention of Sandhausen (or "Santhusen") was in 1262. Sandhausen is named after the ice-age sand dunes that border the municipality. As early as Roman times, a settlement called "Lochheim" existed in the area. It was part of Bishopric of Speyer till 1262, when Otto von Bruchsal gave it to Ludwig II, Electoral Palatin. It was part of Oberamt Heidelberg in 1351. It was sacked by Baden and Württemberg troops at Mainz Diocesan Feud in 1462. It was again sacked by Spanish troops at Thirty Years' War in 1622 and by French ones at Nine Years' War in 1688. French ones remained in Sandhausen till 1697. After dying Bavarian branch of House of Wittelsbach with death of Maximilian III, Elector of Bavaria, Charles Theodore, County Palatine of Rhine inherited Bavaria in 1777 and territories of House of Wittelsbach were united under Palatinate branch of her. Thus, Sandhausen was became part of Bavaria. It was occupied by French troops in 1795 and was awarded to Grand Duchy of Baden after German mediatization in 1803.
The mayor of Sandhausen is Georg Kletti (CDU). Previous mayors were as follows:
- 1954–1981: Walter Reinhard
- 1981–2005: Erich Bertsch
Economy and Infrastructure
Sandhausen has the following schools:
- Theodor Heuss primary school
- Friedrich-Ebert-Hauptschule with Werkrealschule
- Friedrich-Ebert-Gymnasium (found in 1972)
- Music school ("Südliche Bergstraße")
The football club SV Sandhausen plays in the Hardtwaldstadion on the outskirts of the town. The club counts as the smallest professional football club in Germany playing the second division of the German league since 2012-13 season.
- Markus Friedrich Wendelin (born 1584 in Sandhausen), theologian and educator
- Selçuk Alibaz (born 1989 in Sandhausen), footballer
- http://www.sandhausen.de Official website of the municipality
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