GeographyEdit

Abstatt is situated in the south of the district of Heilbronn at the Schozach river. Heilbronn is about 10 kilometres (6 mi) to the northwest.

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

Neighbouring towns and villages of Abstatt are (clockwise from the west): Ilsfeld, Untergruppenbach, Lauffen am Neckar (exclave town forest Etzlenswenden) and Beilstein, which all belong to the district of Heilbronn. Abstatt has combined with Beilstein, Ilsfeld and Untergruppenbach to form a joint association of administrations called Schozach-Bottwartal.

Municipal structureEdit

There are no further villages belonging to Abstatt, but there are two hamlets called Happenbach and Vohenlohe.[2]

HistoryEdit

Abstatt was first mentioned documentary in 1293. In 1510 Abstatt came to Württemberg. The villages Happenbach and Vohenlohe were even administrated by Abstatt since the 18th century. In 1938 the municipality came to the district of Heilbronn which was founded this year.

Until the World War II the municipality was characterized agri-culturally, later it developed into a residential area nearby Heilbronn.

PoliticsEdit

District councilEdit

Following the municipal election of 13 June 2004, the district council of Abstatt has 14 seats. The election result is as follows:

party amount +/- seats +/-
CDU 46.9% (+5.3) 7 (=)
FW Abstatt 28.7% (−9.8) 4 (−2)
SPD 24.4% (+4.5) 3 (=)

The mayor is also a member of the district council and its chairman.

Arms and flagEdit

 
Arms of Abstatt

Blazon: Within a split sign in front in red a golden abbot stick, in the background in gold a red lion. The municipal flag is red and white.

A seal of Abstatt from 1628 belonging to the Löwenstein County, contains the arms of Löwenstein: a lion. In 1907 the municipality asked for a new arms suggestion from the archive direction of Württemberg. Then the direction suggested the today's seal. Since it first was rejected as the conventional seal the direction made a second suggestion. However, the municipality decided to take the previous suggestion. The flag was given by the district of Heilbronn on September 5, 1980.[3]

Twin municipalityEdit

There's a relationship with Léhon in the French Département Côtes-d'Armor.

Culture and sightsEdit

 
Wildeck Castle

MuseumsEdit

Abstatt has a native museum at its disposal.

Notable buildingsEdit

  • The Wildeck Castle near Vohenlohe was built in the 12th century and contains a wine-growing school today.
  • The Protestant parish church St. Stephan was built in 1766 in rococo style upon the remnants of an older Gothic construction.
  • In Happenbach there's the renovated historical school house containing the today's citizen's forum. An old baking house reminds on this old rural infrastructure. Besides there's a village square with a fountain.

Economy and infrastructureEdit

WineEdit

Abstatt is a wine-growing village whose area belongs to the Schozach valley in the wine-growing area Württemberg. There's a varietal named after a part of the municipality called Happenbach.

TransportationEdit

Abstatt is situated on the A 81 between the exits for Ilsfeld and Heilbronn/Untergruppenbach.

Local businessesEdit

 
Bosch area in Abstatt

Since 2004 the Robert Bosch GmbH is represented by a development area employing 2,350 people (June 2007).[4] There's also the subsidiary company Bosch Engineering GmbH. Abstatt is the main site of the SAP system house Steeb Anwendungssysteme GmbH belonging to SAP AG. Steeb cares about the middle classes in SAP.

The international record label Massacre Records is also in Abstatt.

MediaEdit

The Heilbronner Stimme informs about happenings in Abstatt within its edition SO, South-East.

Public institutionsEdit

Around the Wildeck Castle the Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Obstbau Weinsberg carries on ecological viticulture.

EducationEdit

Abstatt has a primary school including the municipal library at its disposal.

PersonalitiesEdit

Born in AbstattEdit

  • Josef Bick (1880–1952), philologist, general director of the Austrian national library and prisoner of the KZ Dachau

Connected with AbstattEdit

  • Alexander Bertsch (born 1940), author; lives in Abstatt
  • Wolfgang Bebbel (born 1943), politician; 1980–1996 member of the district council of Abstatt
  • Ingo Rust (born 1978), politician; voted to be the youngest member ever of the district council in 1999

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Das Land Baden-Württemberg. Amtliche Beschreibung nach Kreisen und Gemeinden. Volume IV: Regierungsbezirk Stuttgart, Regionalverbände Franken und Ostwürttemberg. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1980, ISBN 3-17-005708-1. p. 94–95
  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. 33
    Eberhard Gönner: Wappenbuch des Stadt- und des Landkreises Heilbronn mit einer Territorialgeschichte dieses Raumes. Archivdirektion Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1965 (Veröffentlichungen der Staatlichen Archivverwaltung Baden-Württemberg, 9). p. 53
  4. ^ Anja Krezer: Erfolgsgeschichte auf dem Hohbuch-Hügel. In: Heilbronner Stimme of June 30th, 2007, p. 34

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