GeographyEdit

The town Vöhrenbach lies in the valley of the Breg in the central Black Forest between Furtwangen and Villingen-Schwenningen. Forest comprises 77% of the total area of the town.

Neighboring communitiesEdit

The town borders St. Georgen im Schwarzwald to the north, Villingen-Schwenningen, Unterkirnach and Donaueschingen to the east, Bräunlingen and Eisenbach (Hochschwarzwald) in the south, Titisee-Neustadt to the southwest and Furtwangen to the west. With the exception of Eisenbach and Titisee-Neustadt (Landkreis Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald), all neighboring communities belong to Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis.

Town structureEdit

 
Vöhrenbach

The town of Vöhrenbach consits of Vöhrenbach (the town with its borders from 1970) and the three Stadtteile (quarters) of Hammereisenbach-Bregenbach, Langenbach und Urach in addition to 89 further villages, hamlets, farms and homes.[2][3] In the course of the municipal reforms in Baden-Württemberg, Vöhrenbach grew to include Hammereisenbach-Bregenbach on 1 July 1971 and then Langenbach as well as Urach on 1 December 1971.[4] The districts now belonging to the town Vöhrenbach are territorially identical to the formally independent municipalities of the same name. The village center and the three districts are local communities with their own local chairman.

HistoryEdit

 
War memorial

Vöhrenbach received a town charter in 1244 from the Counts of Urach as competition to Villingen. However, the town never reached the importance of Villingen. In 1806, the city became part of the newly founded Grand Duchy of Baden.

PoliticsEdit

 
Town hall

Local councilEdit

The municipal council of Vöhrenbach has 14 members. The municipal council consists of the elected municipal councilmen and the mayor as chairman. The mayor is entitled to vote in the municipal council. The municipal election of 25 Mai 2014 resulted in 49.1% turnout (2009: 52.4%) with the following results:

CDU 9 seats 66.9% 2009: 40.4%, 6 seats
Bürger- und Wählervereinigung (BWV) 5 seats 33.1% 2009: 25.0%, 3 seats
SPD 0 seats 0.0% 2009: 34.6%, 5 seats

MayorsEdit

According to the legend of the Seven Virgins, it is not possible in Vöhrenbach to re-elect a mayor. Mayors Sorg, Neininger and Wolf were all voted out of office after their first term. In 1981, Karl-Heinz Schneider first succeeded in being re-elected. Karl-Heinz Schneider lost the election for a fourth term in 1997 to Robert Strumberger.[5] Robert Strumberger has now been re-elected twice.

  • 1813–1821: Joseph Merz

....

  • 1918–1931: Karl Kraut
  • 1939–1941: Paul Siedle
  • 1941–1945: Fritz Dold
  • 1945: Karl Faller
  • 1946: Bernhard Wiedemann
  • 1946: Egon Hettich
  • 1946–1957: Ernst Sorg
  • 1957–1964: Friedrich Neininger (1957–1971 Mayor of Langenbach, 1971–1977 local chairman of Langenbach)
  • 1964–1972: Heinrich Wolff
  • 1972–1997: Karl-Heinz Schneider
  • Since 1997: Robert Strumberger

Coat of armsEdit

 
Coat of arms in front of the town hall

The blazon of the coat of arms reads: "In blue, a golden oblique wave beam, within it a red trout swimming upwards."

Coat of arms of the districtsEdit

Partner townEdit

Vöhrenbach has been twinned with the French commune Morteau in Franche-Comté since 1973.

Culture and sightesEdit

 
The Uhrmacherhäusle in Vöhrenbach
 
Parish church St. Martin

Vöhrenbach is on the German Clock Road.

Buildings and monumentsEdit

  • The dam Linachtalsperre is a listed structure of historical importance. This dam and hydroelectric power station, which had been shut down for years, was reactivated on 16 March 2007. The renewable energy power plant is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours. In addition, the Linach Reservoir is to become a tourist attraction in the future.[6]
  • Die Catholic parish church Allerheiligen in the district of Urach dates from the 11th to the 18th century and contains works by Matthias Faller.
  • The Uhrmacherhäusle (clockmaker's house) from 1726 war recently renovated.
  • The Bruderkirchle or Michaelskapelle: The chapel on the old road from Vöhrenbach to Villingen via Herzogenweiler was first mentioned in 1580.
  • Ruins of the castles Neu-Fürstenberg and Krumpenschloss are located in the district Hammereisenbach-Bregenbach.

SportEdit

The Black Forest Bike Marathon, held annually since 1997 leads through Vöhrenbach.

The soccer team FC Vöhrenbach 1926[7] plays in the Kreisliga.

Economy and infrastructureEdit

 
The inn Kalte Herberge

The town's economy is characterized by medium-sized industry, handicrafts, commerce and tourism. Agriculture plays a major role in the districts and villages. Vöhrenbach is economically strongly connected with neighboring Furtwangen.

TrafficEdit

The connections to Furtwangen and Villingen are via L 173. L 172 offers a connection to Titisee-Neustadt and via L 180 to Donaueschingen. A 81, east of Villingen-Schwenningen is the closest highway (Autobahn).

Until 1972, Vöhrenbach was also served by the train Bregtalbahn, which ran between Donaueschingen and Furtwangen. The western section from Bräunlingen to Furtwangen was turned into a bicycle path after its closure.

EducationEdit

In Vöhrenbach, there was the elementary and secondary school Josef-Hebting-Schule. The schools were though reorganized and this merged with secondary schools in Unterkirnach und Eisenbach (Hochschwarzwald). The Josef-Hebting-Schule is now a primary school and Werkrealschule with branches in Unterkirnach und Eisenbach. The municipal council of Eisenbach decided on 8 May 2014 to cancel this agreement by Summer 2016.[8] All secondary schools are located in Furtwangen. There are also two Roman-Catholic Kindergartens. The university of applied science Hochschule Furtwangen University is located in neighboring Furtwangen, providing an offer of higher education.

Persons with a connection to VöhrenbachEdit

Sons and daughters of VöhrenbachEdit

Further persons with a connection to VöhrenbachEdit

  • August Ganther (1862–1938), Black Forest poet, lived and died in Vöhrenbach

External linksEdit

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. Band VI: Regierungsbezirk Freiburg Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1982, ISBN 3-17-007174-2. pg. 606–609
  3. ^ "Hauptsatzung". www.voehrenbach.de. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  4. ^ . p. 494. ISBN 3170032631. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Kern, Timm (2008). Warum werden Bürgermeister abgewählt?: eine Studie aus Baden-Württemberg über den Zeitraum von 1973 bis 2003 (in German). W. Kohlhammer Verlag. ISBN 9783170204997.
  6. ^ JANZING, BERNWARD (2007-03-16). "Wasserkraftwerk wiederbelebt". Die Tageszeitung: taz (in German). p. 8. ISSN 0931-9085. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  7. ^ "FC 1926 Vöhrenbach e.V." www.fc-voehrenbach.de. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  8. ^ Amts- und Mitteilungsblatt, 15. Mai 2014