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Walldorf

Walldorf
Astorhaus
Astorhaus
Coat of arms of Walldorf
Coat of arms
Walldorf  is located in Germany
Walldorf
Coordinates:
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Government
 • Mayor Christiane Staab (CDU)
Area
 • Total 19.91 km2 (7.69 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 14,825
 • Density 740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 69190
Dialling codes 06227
Vehicle registration HD
Website www.walldorf.de

Walldorf is a town in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis district in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Walldorf is home to the world's third largest software company SAP,[2] and the birthplace of the entrepreneur John Jacob Astor, of the Astor family.

The town is referred to, though not actually named, in John le Carré's novel Absolute Friends (2003), much of which is set in Heidelberg.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Politics 3
  • Economy 4
  • Twin cities 5
  • Sights 6
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Geography

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.

History

There is a group of Hallstatt culture barrows in the Hochholz woods, near the offices of SAP Deutschland.[3] The settlement was first mentioned 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. Thereafter, it suffered hard during the Thirty Years' War, and in 1689 was completely destroyed in the course of the Nine Years' War. The area was settled anew by religious refugees, among them the predecessors of John Jacob Astor, Waldensians from the Piedmont. With the 1803 German Mediatisation Walldorf fell to Baden. 1843 saw the building of the Rheintalbahn, which decisively promoted the economic development. In 1901, Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden granted Walldorf town privileges. After World War II, the establishing of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and of SAP made it one of the most prosperous towns of Germany.

Politics

Town hall

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:[4]

  • 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%)

Economy

SAP SE head office

SAP SE has its headquarters in the city.[5]

Twin cities

Sights

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.

The 19th century synagogue was devastated in the 1938 Kristallnacht, and is now in use as a New Apostolic church.[6]

Walldorf is most famous for its white asparagus, which one may enjoy in the months of April through June.

Notable people

References

  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2013 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)".  
  2. ^ "Forbes 2000 The World's Biggest Public Companies: Software and Programming". Forbes. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ http://www.walldorf.de/2010/index.php?seite=57#Gemeinderat
  5. ^ "Legal disclosure." SAP SE. Retrieved on 10 April 2014. "Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16 69190 Walldorf"
  6. ^ Die Synagoge in Walldorf (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis). Alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved on 2013-07-26.
  7. ^ "Dietmar Hopp". Forbes. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 

External links

  • Official Homepage
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