|• Mayor||Tobias Heizmann|
|• Total||14.16 km2 (5.47 sq mi)|
|Elevation||435 m (1,427 ft)|
|• Density||710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Schönaich is a township with a population of about 10,000 and is situated at the outskirts of the Schönbuch forest in a scenic location but at the same time close to cities like Böblingen, Sindelfingen, Tübingen, and Stuttgart. A major shopping mall is nearby in Sindelfingen. Nearby means considerably less than 10 km. A number of restaurants or snack bars with German, Italian, Turkish and Chinese food and ice cream parlors offer their services in Schönaich. The Panzerkaserne, an American installation with a commissary, is 3 km away from Schönaich.
Schönaich has six Kindergarten for children between 3 and 6 years of age and a place for toddlers called "Kinderhaus". First grade to fourth grade students attend the local school, from 5th grade on they can either go to one of the high schools (Gymnasium) in Böblingen or continue at the middle school in Schönaich. The graduation from a Gymnasium or an equivalent degree from a foreign school permits access to the universities and colleges in Germany. Universities are in Stuttgart and Tübingen.
Schönaich has a music school (Jugendmusikschule), an arts school, and an adult education school (Volkshochschule) which offers various courses mainly for adults, but also some for the youth and children.
Doctors from several fields have their practice in Schönaich: general practitioners; ear, nose and throat; internist; orthopedist; gynecologist; pediatrist; dentists. The closest hospitals are in Böblingen and Sindelfingen.
Public transportation is not inexpensive but the connection between Böblingen and Stuttgart is good. Busses go from Schönaich to Böblingen, their schedule is quite good during the day but less frequent at night. The Stuttgart airport (code: STR) is within 20 minutes driving distance from Schönaich. You have easy access to the Autobahn 81 which leads you south to Lake Constanz and Switzerland, or north to Stuttgart where it crosses another major Autobahn to Munich or Karlsruhe. From there you can get to anywhere in Germany on these routes. Tip: the ADAC The German automobile Club gives travel advice. The Black Forest, the Schwäbische Alb with its caves, or Lake Constanz are close enough for a one-day excursion. Tübingen and Bebenhausen are historical places you will enjoy to discover. There are lots of opportunities for your leisure time.
The TV standard is PAL. Internet access via DSL is possible in all of Schönaich.
The local police station is manned during the day.
You find churches from the following denominations in Schönaich: Evangelische Kirchengemeinde (Protestant church), Katholische Kirchengemeinde (Roman Catholic church), Süddeutsche Gemeinschaft Schönaich (a free church close to the Protestant church), Evangelisch-Methodistische Gemeinde (Methodist church), Neuapostolische Kirche (New Apostolic Church). Services are usually in German.
In the industrial area at the outskirts of Schönaich you find the small industry which is typical for the area. Exception: major employers in the area are Hewlett-Packard and IBM in Böblingen, and Mercedes AG in Sindelfingen, all within easy commuting distance.