Vaihingen

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Vaihingen
Vaihingen an der Enz.jpg
Coat of arms of Vaihingen
Vaihingen is located in Germany
Vaihingen
Coordinates 48°55′58″N 08°57′23″E / 48.93278°N 8.95639°E / 48.93278; 8.95639
Administration
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Ludwigsburg
Town subdivisions Kernstadt und 8 Stadtteile
Lord Mayor Gerd Maisch
Basic statistics
Area 73.41 km2 (28.34 sq mi)
Elevation 217 m  (712 ft)
Population 28,839  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 393 /km2 (1,017 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate LB
Postal codes 71654–71665
Area code 07042
Website www.vaihingen.de

Vaihingen an der Enz is a town in southern German state of Baden-Württemberg. It is on the banks of the Enz river between the large cities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. About 30,000 people live there.

History[change | change source]

Vaihingen is an old city, going back as far as the year 799 a.d.. Vaihingen was formally established as a town by Count Gottfried von Vaihingen in the year 1252. After theReformation, Vaihingen became a Protestant city. During the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), Vaihingen became a battle ground between the Protestants and Catholics. The Revolution of 1848 hurt the economy in Vaihingen. Many people left Vaihingen to look for work in other towns. In the early 1900's, a railroad connection was made to Vaihingen. That brought more people, and also businesses, to Vaihingen. In 1938 Vaihingen became the regional center.

People[change | change source]

  • Jacob Friedrich von Abel (1751-1829), Professor of Philosophy
Born in Vaihingen May 9, 1751. Published his "Introduction to the doctrine of spirituality" ("Einleitung in die Seelenlehre") in Stuttgart, 1786
  • Karl Friedrich Hensler (1759-1825), Viennese theater director
  • Karl Gerok (1815-1890), Bishop
  • Friedrich Kellner (1885-1970) Chief Justice Inspector, Diarist
Born in Vaihingen February 1, 1885. Kellner lived in Laubach, Hessen, during WWII. He recorded the misdeeds of the Nazis in a secret diary. His 10-volume diary was exhibited at the George Bush Presidential Library in 2005. A Canadian documentary, My Opposition: the Diaries of Friedrich Kellner, was made in 2006.

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