Fürstenfeldbruck is a town in Bavaria, Germany, located 32 kilometres west of Munich. It is the capital of the district of Fürstenfeldbruck. As of 2004 it has a population of 35,494. Since the 1930s, Fürstenfeldbruck has had an air force base.

Fürstenfeldbruck
Church of St. Mary (Fürstenfeld Abbey)
Church of St. Mary (Fürstenfeld Abbey)
Coat of arms of Fürstenfeldbruck
Coat of arms
Location of Fürstenfeldbruck within Fürstenfeldbruck district
Fürstenfeldbruck in FFB.svg
Fürstenfeldbruck is located in Germany
Fürstenfeldbruck
Fürstenfeldbruck
Fürstenfeldbruck is located in Bavaria
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Fürstenfeldbruck
Coordinates: 48°10′40″N 11°15′20″E / 48.17778°N 11.25556°E / 48.17778; 11.25556Coordinates: 48°10′40″N 11°15′20″E / 48.17778°N 11.25556°E / 48.17778; 11.25556
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberbayern
DistrictFürstenfeldbruck
Government
 • Lord MayorErich Raff (CSU)
Area
 • Total32.53 km2 (12.56 sq mi)
Elevation
517 m (1,696 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total37,677
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
82256
Dialling codes08141
Vehicle registrationFFB
Websitewww.fuerstenfeldbruck.de

The name of Fürstenfeldbruck is composed of two parts, namely 'Bruck', Bavarian dialect for 'bridge' (meaning the bridge over the Amper river) and after the famous monastery of Fürstenfeld Abbey.

GeographyEdit

Fürstenfeldbruck covers an area of 32.53 km². It is located halfway between Munich and Augsburg, and along the Amper river.

Main sightsEdit

  • Cistercian monastery (Fürstenfeld Abbey), founded in 1266 by Louis II, Duke of Bavaria and closed in 1803. It was one of the favourite monasteries of the Wittelsbach family.
  • Parish church of St. Magdalene (late 17th century)
  • Pilgrim church of St. Leonhard. A Gothic building which can be crossed riding a horse.
  • Aumühle, a 14th-century mill now housing the municipal library.

Fürstenfeldbruck Air BaseEdit

Fürstenfeldbruck has been the site of an Air Base since 1936. It was used by the Luftwaffe before and during World War II. It was used by United States Air Force after World War II and returned to the German government in 1957 and used as a base for the modern German Air Force ever since.

The air force base was the site of the denouement of the Munich Massacre during the 1972 Summer Olympics. The nine Israeli hostages and eight Black September terrorists who held them were flown to the base from the Olympic Village via helicopter, where the terrorists believed they would be flown to a friendly Arab nation. After a bungled ambush and rescue attempt by Bavarian border guards and Munich police, the terrorists shot their bound captives and blew up a helicopter containing four of them. Five of the terrorists and a Munich police brigadier were also killed in the gunfight. In fact, some hostages died from Munich police firing from an armoured car to "rescue" them. The official goal was not to let the hostage takers leave Germany, whatever the cost.

EconomyEdit

The American companies Fairchild Semiconductor and National Semiconductor have their European management centers in Fürstenfeldbruck, and the Coca-Cola company has a bottling facility there as well. Also, it is the home of Leuze lumiflex, the maker of safety products (light curtains).

Twin towns and sister citiesEdit

Sons and daughters of the cityEdit

Persons with reference to FürstenfeldbruckEdit

  • Johannes Mathesius (1504-1565), Luther biographer and reformer: In Bruck, he studied the teaching and traveling years of Luther's teachings in the house of the pastor Zacharias Weichsner.
  • Oskar von Miller (1855-1934), founder of the Deutsches Museum, builder of the first German electricity works, son of the in Fürstenfeldbruck born Ferdinand von Miller
  • Adolf Des Coudres (1862-1924), landscape painter, died in Fürstenfeldbruck
  • Richard W. Higgins (1922-1957), pilot of the USAF sacrificed his life in 1957 to prevent a plane crash over Fürstenfeldbruck
  • Alexander Wesselsky (born 1968), singer and musician of the band Eisbrecher, lives mostly in Fürstenfeldbruck and attended the Viscardi-Gymnasium

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2019.