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Waiblingen

Waiblingen is a town in the southwest of Germany, located in the center of the densely populated Stuttgart Region, directly neighboring Stuttgart. It is the capital of the Rems-Murr district. As of September 30, 2004 Waiblingen accommodated 52,948 inhabitants (25,953 men and 26,995 women).

As of December 31, 2004, the area of the town (including all external proprieties, such as forests) was 42.76 km².

History

Waiblingen was first mentioned in Carolingian documents in 885 at the time of Charles the Fat. It received its town charter in 1250.

Waiblingen was the property of the Salian kings, from whom the Hohenstaufen dukes and kings inherited it. It is assumed that the Italian name of the Hohenstaufen party, Ghibelline, is derived from "Waiblingen".

The town was almost completely destroyed in 1634 during the Thirty Years' War, and its citizens either killed or deported. It was rebuilt after the war; the existing old central part of the town dates back to the years between 1640 and 1700. Its fortifications are now well restored.

Incorporation

The following towns were incorporated into Waiblingen:

Economy

Waiblingen houses the principal office of the world's biggest chainsaw manufacturer, Stihl. Robert Bosch GmbH has two factories there, for polymer and packaging technology.

It is also the location for the letter processing center for the Stuttgart region of the Deutsche Post.

International relations

Waiblingen is twinned with:

Honorary citizens

  • 1883: Dr. med. Gustav Pfeilsticker
  • 1907: Ferdinand Küderli
  • 1930: Theodor Kaiser
  • 1932: Friedrich Schofer
  • 1934: Albert Roller
  • 1953: Emil Münz
  • 1967: Alfred Diebold
  • 1968: Adolf Bauer
  • 1997: Dr. Ulrich Gauß
  • 1997: Hans Peter Stihl
  • 1997: Albrecht Villinger

References

External links

  • Official homepage of Waiblingen
  • Waiblingen Webcam
  • Galerie Stihl Waiblingen in 360°-Panoramapictures

Media related to Waiblingen at Wikimedia Commons

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