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Wolfach

Wolfach
Coat of arms of Wolfach
Coat of arms
Wolfach  is located in Germany
Wolfach
Coordinates:
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Ortenaukreis
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Geppert
Area
 • Total 67.99 km2 (26.25 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,836
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 77709
Dialling codes 07834
Vehicle registration OG, KEL, LR, WOL
Website wolfach.de

Wolfach is a town in the Black Forest and part of the Ortenaukreis in Baden-Württemberg (Germany). It is a well-known spa town in Germany.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Geographical Position 1.1
  • History 2
  • Tourism 3
  • Government 4
    • City Council 4.1
    • Mayor 4.2
    • Coat of Arms 4.3
    • Sister Towns 4.4
  • Culture and Sights 5
    • Swabian-Alemannic Carnival 5.1
    • Buildings 5.2
    • Parks 5.3
    • Regular Events 5.4
  • References 6
    • Notes 6.1
    • Book References 6.2
  • External Links 7
    • Administration and Authorities 7.1
    • Associations 7.2
    • Places of Interest, Sights 7.3

Geography

Geographical Position

Wolfach lies where the two rivers Wolf and Kinzig meet in the Kinzig valley. The mixture of valleys and mountains is a characteristic of the town, which stretches between 250 and 880 m above sea level.

City Hall in Wolfach

Villages within the borough of Wolfach include Kirnbach and Kinzigtal.

History

The exact foundation year of Wolfach is not known. The history of the town Wolfach can be traced back to the year 1084, although some finding even point back to the Roman times.

On April 21, 1945, before fleeing the city, the Gestapo took the French resistants and political prisoners held in the prison of Wolfach to a forest outside of the town, forced them to dig their own graves, and shot them on the spot, just three hours before the arrival of the French 2nd Armored Division commanded by General Leclerc.[2]

Kinzig in Wolfach

Tourism

Wolfach hotels and bed & breakfast places have an occupancy rate of 128,000 nights each year (year 2000).

Government

City Council

In the past years the city council consisted of:

Party 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014
CDU 8 seats 10 seats 8 seats 6 seats 5 seats
SPD 5 seats 3 seats 3 seats 4 seats 5 seats
FW 6 seats 8 seats 7 seats 7 seats 6 seats
Grüne 1 seat 2 seats

Mayor

Since January 1, 2015, mayor is Thomas Geppert.

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of the town of Wolfach displays a golden wolf's rod on blue ground and is based on the "Wolfs-Angel" of the "Herren von Wolfach".

Sister Towns

Culture and Sights

Schloss Wolfach

Swabian-Alemannic Carnival

Wolfach is said to be one of the towns rich in tradition of the Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht.

Buildings

  • Fürstenberg castle
  • Fortress ruin Alt-Wolfach
  • Town Hall
  • Catholic church St. Laurentius

Parks

  • Kurgarten
  • Flößerpark
  • Kinziganlagen

Regular Events

  • Swabian-Alemannic Carnival (‘Fastnacht’)
  • City Fountain Festival (‘Stadtbrunnenfest’)
  • Biker-Weekend
  • Long Table (‘Lange Tafel’)
  • Flößerfest
  • Open-Air Rockfest Moosenmättle
  • Butchers Festival of the Fire Department (‘Schlachtfest der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr’)
  • Wolfach Autumn (‘Wolfacher Herbst’)

References

Notes

  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2013 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)".  
  2. ^ CRDP d'Alsace. "La Deuxième Guerre mondiale en Alsace" (PDF) (in Français). Retrieved 2009-11-07. 

Book References

  • Disch Franz: Chronik der Stadt Wolfach. Wolfach, Karlsruhe 1920.
  • Harter Hans: Adel und Burgen im oberen Kinziggebiet. Studien zur Besiedelung und hochmittelalterlichen Herrschaftsbildung im mittleren Schwarzwald. München 1992.
  • Krausbeck Josef, Knauss Frieder: Masken unserer Stadt. Stuttgart 1974.
  • Stadt Wolfach (Hrsg.): Schwarzwaldstadt mit Tradition. Wolfach, Kirnbach, Kinzigtal. Freiburg 1988.

External Links

Administration and Authorities

  • City of Wolfach
  • District Oberwolfach

Associations

  • Historic Association Wolfach
  • Carnival club Wolfach
  • Bike-Park Wolfach

Places of Interest, Sights

  • Vogtbauernhöfe
  • Mineral and mathematics museum Oberwolfach
  • (German) Information about and images
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