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Walldorf is located in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates: 49°18′N 08°39′E / 49.300°N 8.650°E / 49.300; 8.650Coordinates: 49°18′N 08°39′E / 49.300°N 8.650°E / 49.300; 8.650
Admin. regionKarlsruhe
 • Mayor (2021–29) Matthias Renschler[1] (FDP)
 • Total19.91 km2 (7.69 sq mi)
110 m (360 ft)
 • Total15,473
 • Density780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06227
Vehicle registrationHD

Walldorf (South Franconian: Walldoaf) is a town in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis district in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

In the eighteenth century, Walldorf was the birthplace of John Jacob Astor,[3] who emigrated and became a prominent fur trader in the newly independent United States, establishing a monopoly in North America. Concentrating on real estate acquisition and investment, and based in New York City, he grew even wealthier and was the patriarch of the wealthy and influential Astor family.

Walldorf is home to the world's third largest software company SAP.


The neighbouring town to the southeast is Wiesloch. The towns are strongly linked economically. Adjacent municipalities are Sandhausen, Leimen, Nußloch, St. Leon-Rot and Reilingen. The train station, named Wiesloch-Walldorf, is located between the two towns.


Hallstatt-culture barrows are preserved in the Hochholz woods, near the offices of SAP Deutschland.[4] The earliest documentary mention of the settlement occurs as Waltorf in a 770 deed issued by the Abbey of Lorsch. The Electorate of the Palatinate received Walldorf as an Imperial fief in 1230. The town suffered much during the Thirty Years' War of 1618–1648, and in 1689 was completely destroyed in the course of the French invasion during Nine Years' War. The area was settled anew by religious refugees, among them the predecessors of John Jacob Astor, Waldensians from Piedmont.

During the German Mediatisation, Walldorf fell to Baden. In 1843 the Rheintalbahn was built: this railway decisively promoted economic development. In 1901 Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden granted Walldorf town privileges. After World War II the companies Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (founded 1850) and SAP (founded 1972; moved to Walldorf in 1977) were established in Walldorf.


Town hall

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2019 elections:[5]

  • CDU (Christian Democratic Union): 6 (29,03%)
  • SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany): 6 (24,80%)
  • Grüne (Alliance '90/The Greens): 5 (24,24%)
  • FDP (Free Democratic Party): 5 (21,93%)


SAP SE head office

SAP SE has its headquarters in the city since 1977.[6] It is Europe's most valuable brand,[7] as well as the largest non-American software enterprise by revenue.

Twin cities[edit]


The Astorhaus was built in 1854, from a pecuniary legacy of the deceased John Jacob Astor[3] to his hometown. For decades, it served as an almshouse, and now hosts the register office and a museum.

The 19th-century synagogue was devastated in the 1938 Kristallnacht attacks and most of the congregation was killed in the Holocaust. The building is now used as a New Apostolic Church.[8]

Walldorf is known for cultivating white asparagus, which is available in the months of April through June.

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  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahl Walldorf 2021, Staatsanzeiger.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2021" [Population by nationality and sex as of December 31, 2021] (CSV) (in German). Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg. June 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Astor, John Jacob" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 2 (11th ed.). 1911. pp. 793–794.
  4. ^ Walldorf civic site, in German
  5. ^ "Kommunalwahl 2019: Das ist der neue Gemeinderat in Walldorf". www.rnz.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  6. ^ "Legal disclosure." SAP SE. Retrieved on 10 April 2014. "Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16 69190 Walldorf"
  7. ^ "BrandZ Ranking: SAP is Again Germany's Most Valuable | SAP News". SAP News Center. 2020-02-06. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  8. ^ Die Synagoge in Walldorf (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis). Alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved on 2013-07-26.
  9. ^ "Dietmar Hopp". Forbes. Retrieved 4 January 2015.

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