Waldenburg, Baden-Württemberg



Coat of arms

Coordinates: 49°11′N 9°38′E / 49.183°N 9.633°E / 49.183; 9.633Coordinates: 49°11′N 9°38′E / 49.183°N 9.633°E / 49.183; 9.633
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Hohenlohekreis
Municipal assoc. Hohenloher Ebene
  Mayor Markus Knobel
  Total 31.55 km2 (12.18 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 3,046
  Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 74638
Dialling codes 07942
Vehicle registration KÜN
Website www.waldenburg-hohenlohe.de
View from the Bergfried
Waldenburg on 16 April 1945.

Waldenburg is a hilltop town in south central Germany, eastwards of Heilbronn in the Hohenlohe (district) of Baden-Württemberg. The town is the site of Waldenburg Castle and some hilltop churches. Records first mention Waldenburg in the year 1253, but the town was destroyed in April 1945, at the end of World War II, and it has been rebuilt since.


Geographical form

Waldenburg covers part of the natural Schwäbisch-Fränkische forest-hills and the Hohenloher-Haller Ebene.[2]

City outline

Waldenburg includes the village of Waldenburg proper and the 2 sections Obersteinbach (173 people, as of 31 March 2006) and Sailach (222 people).


Waldenburg in 1930

The first recorded mention of Waldenburg dates from 1253. By 1330 it was a free city. Plague and war reduced the population during the Thirty Years' War. The Confederation of the Rhine of 1806 annexed Waldenburg into the Kingdom of Württemberg, and the town has been part of the Federal Republic of Germany state of Baden-Württemberg since 1952.

In April 1945 at the end of World War II the town had been occupied for a last-ditch stand by the Wehrmacht against the advancing United States 3rd army, and was almost completely destroyed by American artillery. Postwar efforts have reconstructed some historic buildings.

The ancient castle still belongs to the Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst family that built it.

On 1 January 1971, there was the annexation of Upper Steinbach.


In Waldenburg, there are Protestant, Catholic and Apostolic churches. The Catholic Church, together with the parishes of Pfedelbach and Bretzfeld form a pastoral unit.

Population growth

Estimated population of Waldenburg, per year:

  • 1648: 640
  • 2000: 3079
  • 2005: 3083


Coat of arms and flag

The blazon of arms of Waldenburg is: in the upper part of gold with green ground, are three green fir trees; below in a silver border, is a red-tongued black lion (leopard), with tail curled underneath. The flag of the city is red and white.

From the 16th Century since, the seals in the Waldenburg detectable crest reaches into the upper half of the city name, and displays in the bottom half with the leopard, the emblem of Hohenlohe. The city colors are the colors of the Hohenlohe house.[3]

Sister cities

Waldenburg maintains partnership relations with Sierck-les-Bains in Lorraine, France.

Economy and infrastructure


Waldenburg is located on autobahn A 6 and federal highway B 19.

Waldenburg is located in the area of HNV on the Heilbronn–Crailsheim railway. Waldenburg (Wurttemberg) station is served every two hours by Regional-Express services to Heilbronn and Crailsheim. In the hours in between Regional-Express services it is served by Regionalbahn services on the Öhringen–Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental route.

Established companies

The industrial park is a plan of the Hohenlohe Waldenburg Association of Municipalities, copper and cell Künzelsau and has an area of 230 hectares (570 acres), of which 135 hectares are being used. It is situated at the foot of the mountain Waldenburg 6 in the immediate vicinity of the station Waldenburg, the Federal Autobahn and Federal Street 19.

In the industrial field, the following companies are based or have a production site:

  • R. Stahl
  • Ziehl-Abegg
  • SWG (Schraubenwerk Gaisbach) of the Würth Group
  • Lidl
  • Wolff & Müller
  • Würth Elektronik eiSos, part of the Würth Elektronik Group

Culture and sights


The City Council of Waldenburg is a museum with Urweltfunden. Since 1971, the castle houses a museum with collections of seals from the early Middle Ages.[4]

Buildings and structures

The Rößlesmahdsee lake nature reserve

East of Waldburg operates the southwest radio with the 150-metre high (490 ft) TV Tower Waldenburg-Fredericksburg since 2008, as the main transmitter for radio and television. By 2009, the village was finished using TV Tower Waldenburg in operation, which was dismantled after the shutdown to the water tower.


Near the settlement site Goldbach are the nature reserves of Rößlesmahdsee, with Pfaffenklinge and the Eastern Goldbachsee lake.[5]

Between Obersteinbach and the hamlet of Tommelhardt are the nature reserves of Obere Weide (pasture) and Entlesboden, which show the natural vegetation of the old Hutewälder forest.[5]


  1. "Gemeinden in Deutschland nach Fläche, Bevölkerung und Postleitzahl am 30.09.2016". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
  2. Naturräume Baden-Württembergs (Nature Spaces of Baden-Württemberg). Landesanstalt for Umwelt, Messungen and Naturschutz of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, 2009.
  3. Heinz Bardua: Die Kreis- und Gemeindewappen im Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart, Theiss, Stuttgart 1987, ISBN 3-8062-0801-8 (Kreis- und Gemeindewappen in Baden-Württemberg, 1), p.136.
  4. "Siegel-museum", waldenburg-hohenlohe.de, 2010, web: WH.
  5. 1 2 See: Geodaten viewer of Baden-Württemberg, Karten der Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen, Naturschutz (LUBW).
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