Not to be confused with Phillipsburg, Philippsbourg, or Philipsburg.

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Coordinates: 49°14′0″N 08°27′0″E / 49.23333°N 8.45000°E / 49.23333; 8.45000Coordinates: 49°14′0″N 08°27′0″E / 49.23333°N 8.45000°E / 49.23333; 8.45000
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Karlsruhe
  Mayor Stefan Martus
  Total 50.56 km2 (19.52 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 12,680
  Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 76661
Dialling codes 07256
Vehicle registration KA

Philippsburg is a town in Germany, in the district of Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg.


Before 1632, Philippsburg was known as "Udenheim".

The city was a possession of the Bishop of Speyer from 13711718. The town is named after Philipp Christoph von Sötern,[2] who was bishop from 16101652. It was ruled by France between 1644 and 1676 and again between 1688 and 1697. The city finally part of Grand Duchy of Baden in 1803.

Historically, possession of the town was disputed between Germany and France. Formerly, there was a fortress located at the town, whose location was mentioned by Carl von Clausewitz. In Book VI of On War, he suggested that "If a fortress cannot be located directly on a river, it is better not to place it in the immediate vicinity, but some fifty to sixty miles away; otherwise the river will cut through and interfere with its sphere of influence with respect to all the points mentioned above." He then mentions in a footnote "Philippsburg was a perfect example of how not to site a fortress. Its location was that of an idiot standing with his nose against the wall.".[3] The fortress was besieged in 1688 and 1734.

Farm and power plant


The town is the site of the Philippsburg Nuclear Power Plant and a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company plant.


  1. "Gemeinden in Deutschland nach Fläche, Bevölkerung und Postleitzahl am 30.09.2016". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
  3. On War, Book VI, Chapter 11, p.483, Carl von Clausewitz, translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret ISBN 0-679-42043-6
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