Lichtenau is a small town in Rastatt district in southwestern Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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Church of Holy Cross in Lichtenau-Ulm
Church of Holy Cross in Lichtenau-Ulm
Coat of arms of Lichtenau
Coat of arms
Location of Lichtenau within Rastatt district
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Lichtenau is located in Germany
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Lichtenau is located in Baden-Württemberg
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Lichtenau
Coordinates: 48°43′34″N 08°00′18″E / 48.72611°N 8.00500°E / 48.72611; 8.00500Coordinates: 48°43′34″N 08°00′18″E / 48.72611°N 8.00500°E / 48.72611; 8.00500
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionKarlsruhe
DistrictRastatt
Government
 • MayorRolf Karrais
Area
 • Total27.62 km2 (10.66 sq mi)
Elevation
127 m (417 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total4,975
 • Density180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
77839
Dialling codes07227
Vehicle registrationRA
Websitewww.lichtenau-baden.de

GeographyEdit

Lichtenau is located in the Upper Rhine River Plains on the right bank of the Rhine between Rastatt and Kehl.

Neighboring communitiesEdit

The city shares borders with the following communities, listed clockwise from the north: Rheinmünster, Ottersweier, Achern and Rheinau. West of the city is the Rhine and with it the French border.

BoroughsEdit

The city of Lichtenau consists of Lichtenau (proper), Scherzheim, Ulm, Muckenschopf and Grauelsbaum.

HistoryEdit

Lichtenau developed from a water castle that the Bishop of Strasbourg had built in the years 1293 to 1296, complete with defensive wall, ditch and parapet. In 1300 Lichtenau received its city charter and until its Slighting in 1686 it remained a fortress. After the line of the Counts of Hanau-Lichtenau ended the city became part of Hesse in 1736 and then was made part of Baden together with the Hanauerland in 1803.

District reformEdit

In Lichtenau the Baden-Württemberg district reform of the 1970s took place in stages.

Town Merged into Lichtenau as of
Scherzheim January 1, 1972
Ulm January 1, 1973
Muckenschopf January 1, 1974
Grauelsbaum January 1, 1975

GovernmentEdit

The city is part of the administrative district of "Rheinmünster-Lichtenau" with seat in Rheinmünster.

City councilEdit

In addition to the mayor and city council president the council is made up of 20 members. The councilmen and councilwomen belong to political parties as follows:

Party Seats
CDU 9
SPD 6
Bündnis 90/Green Party 2
Independents 3

PeopleEdit

Twin citiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.

This article is based on a translation of an article from the German Wikipedia.