Coat of arms

Coordinates: 48°4′6″N 7°52′57″E / 48.06833°N 7.88250°E / 48.06833; 7.88250Coordinates: 48°4′6″N 7°52′57″E / 48.06833°N 7.88250°E / 48.06833; 7.88250
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Emmendingen
  Mayor Markus Hollemann
  Total 16.95 km2 (6.54 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 13,498
  Density 800/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 79211
Dialling codes 07666
Vehicle registration EM

Denzlingen is a municipality in the district of Emmendingen, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) north of Freiburg.


Denzlingen is located in the Upper Rhine Valley (Oberrheinische Tiefebene) at the edge of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) between the river Elz in the north and the Glotter which runs through the southern part of the town. The Glotter Valley (Glottertal) is to the east, and the Elz Valley (Elztal) to the northeast. The westernmost foothills of the Black Forest and the town of Freiamt lie to the north. From northwest to southwest the Upper Rhine Valley allows a clear view of the Kaiserstuhl hills and of the Vosges Mountains on the French side of the Rhine. The Mauracher Berg is a small mountain in the north of the township with some interesting geological features.[2]

Former townhall
Church: die Georgskirche

Neighboring municipalities

Clockwise, starting in the north, Denzlingen is surrounded by Emmendingen, Sexau and Waldkirch in the district of Emmendingen, Glottertal, Heuweiler and Gundelfingen in the district Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, and Vörstetten in the district of Emmendingen.


Denzlingen was already settled during the time of the Roman Empire. It was named after the Alemannic tribal chief Denzilo who lived here in the 5th century. The first explicit mention of the town dates back to the year 984. Medieval Denzlingen consisted of two separate settlements, Niederdorf and Oberdorf (Lower Village and Upper Village), both on the Glotter and alongside an old road from Riegel to the Glottertal. The two settlements eventually grew together into one stretched-out town, which led to the sobriquet of Langendenzlingen, meaning "Long Denzlingen".[3]

The town was destroyed during the Thirty Years' War. The Thirty Years' War veteran Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen described the battle between Imperial and Swedish troops at Denzlingen in the novel Simplicius Simplicissimus.

The town has grown rapidly since the 19th century, especially after being connected to the Baden railroad system in 1845.


As a former part of the Margraviate Baden, Denzlingen was predominantly Protestant. Today, 34% of the residents are Protestant. As most of the people moving to Denzlingen were Roman Catholics, the balance shifted, and today 42% of the inhabitants are Catholic. The first Catholic church after the Reformation was consecrated in 1888. Today, the Catholic community meets in St. James Church, which was built in the years 1975 and 1976. Other religious denominations (mostly members of the New Apostolic Church and Baptists) account for about 1% of the population, while 23% remain nondenominational.[4]


Year 1834 1910 1939 1950 1970 1990 2006 2007 2008
Population 1,207 1,865 2,488 2,937 6,458 11,567 13,457 13,517 13,557

As of 31 December of each year; source: Gemeinde Denzlingen, Zahlenspiegel

Political situation

Civil parish

The last elections (May 25, 2014) led to the following allocation of seats:[5]

CDU 24.6% -0.7 5 seats -1
SPD 17.4% -2.3 4 seats ±0
FDP/DVP 15.5% -1.3 3 seats -1
Die Grünen 21.1% +4.7 5 seats +1
FWG 14.3% +2.3 2 seats -1
Independent Citizens/ÖDP 7.1% n.a. 2 seats n.a

FWG now contains Bürgeraktion Pro Storch which held 2 seats and had 9,8% of the votes in 2009; the calculations in the table are based only on the FWG result from 2009.


After the death of mayor Lothar Fischer in April 2009, Markus Hollemann (ÖDP) was elected as his successor on the 19th of June 2009.[6][7]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Denzlingen is Or a bend gules (the coat of arms of Baden) impaling Azure a plowshare argent. The town's seal shows the same, and dates to 1458.[8]

Twin cities

Denzlingen is twinned with four European cities:[9]


  1. "Gemeinden in Deutschland nach Fläche, Bevölkerung und Postleitzahl am 30.09.2016". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
  2. (German) Das Land Baden-Württemberg. Amtliche Beschreibung nach Kreisen und Gemeinden. Band IV: Regierungsbezirk Freiburg Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-17-007174-2. S. 205–206
  3. Gemeinde Denzlingen. "Geschichte" (in German).
  4. Gemeinde Denzlingen. "Zahlenspiegel" (in German).
  5. Badische Zeitung. "Ergebnis der Kommunalwahl 2014 in Denzlingen" (in German).
  6. Badische Zeitung. "Hollemann ist neuer Bürgermeister von Denzlingen" (in German).
  7. Von Haus zu Haus. "Hollemann als Amtverweser vereidigt" (PDF).
  8. Gemeinde Denzlingen. "Gemeindewappen" (in German).
  9. Gemeinde Denzlingen. "Partnergemeinden" (in German).
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