Westerheim
Coat of arms of Westerheim
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Location of Westerheim within Alb-Donau-Kreis district
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Westerheim is located in Germany
Westerheim
Westerheim
Westerheim is located in Baden-Württemberg
Westerheim
Westerheim
Coordinates: 48°30′54″N 9°37′25″E / 48.51500°N 9.62361°E / 48.51500; 9.62361Coordinates: 48°30′54″N 9°37′25″E / 48.51500°N 9.62361°E / 48.51500; 9.62361
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionTübingen
DistrictAlb-Donau-Kreis
Government
 • MayorHartmut Walz
Area
 • Total22.93 km2 (8.85 sq mi)
Elevation
815 m (2,674 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total3,029
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
72589
Dialling codes07333
Vehicle registrationUL
Websitewww.westerheim.de

LocationEdit

Westerheim is a municipality in the district of Alb-Donau in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

It is located at a height of 800 meters on the Swabian Jura, about 30 Kilometers north-west of Ulm.

HistoryEdit

Its origins stretch back to the Middle Ages. The Dukes of Helfenstein introduced the Reformation between 1555 and 1567, but Westerheim reverted to Catholicism. Today its inhabitants are mainly Roman Catholic, though the surrounding villages are Evangelical.

In 1911-12 Westerheim received electricity.

It was badly damaged in April 1945, when German Army units made a stand there. Before leaving they detonated their explosives which were stored in local barns (Stuttgart State Archives).

2011: Celebration for 1150 years of Westerheim.

 
Westerheim

MayorEdit

In October 2002 Hartmut Walz was elected the new mayor, he was reelected in 2010.

EconomyEdit

Westerheim is a Luftkurort (“fresh-air health resort”). It is a ski resort in the Winter. There is a large camping area nearby.

Sight-seeingEdit

 
Schertelshöhle
  • The church of St. Stephen, constructed in 1777/1778, has a barock high altar.
  • The "Schertelshöhle" cave is a 212-meter long cave with stalactites. It is illuminated and can be visited daily from May to October.
  • The "Steinerne Haus" (house of stone) is a 55-meter long cave with an 8-meter high entrance, located close to the Schertelshöhle. In winter hundreds of large icicles are formed here, which melt in the spring. Part of the cave is closed off in winter, to house hibernating animals.

Sons and daughters of the cityEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

Stuttgart State Archives

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