Ratshausen is a municipality the Zollernalbkreis district, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Ratshausen, view towards south
Ratshausen, view towards south
Coat of arms of Ratshausen
Coat of arms
Location of Ratshausen within Zollernalbkreis district
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Ratshausen is located in Germany
Ratshausen is located in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates: 48°11′36″N 08°47′43″E / 48.19333°N 8.79528°E / 48.19333; 8.79528Coordinates: 48°11′36″N 08°47′43″E / 48.19333°N 8.79528°E / 48.19333; 8.79528
Admin. regionTübingen
 • MayorHeiko Lebherz
 • Total5.77 km2 (2.23 sq mi)
675 m (2,215 ft)
 • Total762
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes07427
Vehicle registrationBL


In 1805, Ratshausen, previously a possession of the Austrian County of Hohenberg, was annexed by the Kingdom of Württemberg. Ratshausen was assigned to Oberamt Spaichingen [de], and remained in that district until it was dissolved into Landkreis Balingen [de] in 1938. The town transformed after World War II from a rural and agricultural town to a commercial center. Residential space was added to the southwest in the 1950s. As part of the 1973 Baden-Württemberg district reform [de], the district of Balingen was dissolved and Ratshausen reassigned to the newly-created district of Zollernalb. Further development took place in the 1990s in the north and south.[2]


The municipality (Gemeinde) of Ratshausen is located in the Zollernalb district of Baden-Württemberg, one of the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is located at the southwest end of the district and borders Tuttlingen district to the south. Ratshausen is physically located primarily in the High Swabian Jura [de], in the valley of the Schlichem, which flows through Ratshausen itself. Elevation above sea level in the municipal area ranges from a high of 995 meters (3,264 ft) Normalnull (NN) at the top of the Plettenberg to a low of 657 meters (2,156 ft) NN on the Schlichem.[2]

A portion of the Federally-protected Ortenberg, Plettenkeller [de], and Tiefer Weg [de] nature reserves is located in Ratshausen's municipal area.[2]

Coat of armsEdit

Ratshausen's coat of arms depicts a white trowel upon a field of red. This pattern is derived from a seal used in the 19th century by the local Schultheiß that portrayed a oval shield with a wreath and a trowel upon it. The tool itself is a reference to the compulsory labor inhabitants of Ratshausen were expected to perform in the summer, usually the laying of bricks. The tincture, a reference to the County of Hohenberg, was decided by the provisional post-WWII Württemberg-Hohenzollern government that awarded this coat of arms to Ratshausen on 27 March 1950. A corresponding flag was issued by the Zollernalb district office on 21 May 1991.[2]


Local public transportation is provided by the Verkehrsverbund Neckar-Alb-Donau [de].[2]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Michael Reitz, accused witch burned at the stake in 1580.[3][4]
  • Barbara Hengstallerin, accused witch burned at the stake in 1618.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ratshausen". LEO-BW (in German). Baden-Württemberg. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Hegeler, Hartmut. "Namen der Opfer der Hexenprozesse/ Hexenverfolgung in Rottweil" (pdf) (in German). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Rottweils Hexen und Zauberer rehabilitiert". Neue Rottweiler Zeitung [de] (in German). 15 April 2015. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2020.

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