|• Mayor||Christiane Staab (CDU)|
|• Total||19.91 km2 (7.69 sq mi)|
|Elevation||110 m (360 ft)|
|• Density||780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The neighbouring town to the east is Wiesloch. Both 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.
A group of pre-historic Hallstatt culture barrows stands in the Hochholz woods, near the offices of SAP Deutschland. 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. With the 1803 German Mediatisation Walldorf fell to Baden. 1843 saw the building of the Rheintalbahn: this railway decisively promoted economic development. In 1901 Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden granted Walldorf town privileges. After World War II, the establishment of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (founded 1850) and of SAP (founded 1972; moved to Walldorf in 1977) made Walldorf one of the most prosperous towns of Germany.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:
- Christian Democratic Union: 7 (33,0%)
- Free Democratic Party: 6 (25,1%)
- Social Democratic Party of Germany: 5 (23,4%)
- Alliance '90/The Greens: 4 (18,5%)
- Astoria, Oregon, United States, since 1963
- Kırklareli, Turkey, since 1970
- Saint-Max, France, since 1985
- Waldorf, Maryland, United States, since 2002
- Freeport, New York, United States, since 2003
The Astorhaus was built in 1854, from a pecuniary legacy of the deceased John Jacob Astor to his hometown. For decades, it served as an almshouse, and now hosts the register office and a museum.
Walldorf is most famous for its white asparagus, which one may enjoy in the months of April through June.
- Joseph Anton Sambuga, theologian, born 1752 in Walldorf, died 1815 at the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich
- John Jacob Astor, at the time of his death the wealthiest man in the United States
- Dietmar Hopp, billionaire software entrepreneur
- Timo Jouko Herrmann, composer, musicologist and conductor
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- Die Synagoge in Walldorf (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis). Alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved on 2013-07-26.
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