Sindelfingen


Sindelfingen

Infobox German Location
Art = Town
Wappen = Sindelfingen coat of arms.pngWappengröße = 125
lat_deg = 48 | lat_min = 42 | lat_sec = 48
lon_deg = 9 | lon_min = 0 | lon_sec = 10
Bundesland = Baden-Württemberg
Regierungsbezirk = Stuttgart
Landkreis = Böblingen
Höhe = 449
Fläche = 50.85
Einwohner = 60745
Stand = 2006-12-31
PLZ = 71043–71069
PLZ-alt = 7032
Vorwahl = 07031
Kfz = BB
Gemeindeschlüssel = 08 1 15 045
Adresse = Rathausplatz 1
71063 Sindelfingen
Website = [http://www.sindelfingen.de/ www.sindelfingen.de]
Bürgermeister = Bernd Vöhringer

Sindelfingen is a town in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. It lies 15 km southwest of Stuttgart. The economy is mostly based upon the automobile industry, especially the Daimler AG factory and Smart (automobile) offices (actually in neighbouring Böblingen). In the Middle Ages, it was home to a weaving industry, and today there are still many fashion firms. The communities Maichingen and Darmsheim were incorporated in 1971.

History

* 1155 First documented mention of Sindelfingen
* 1263 Founding of the city by Graf Rudolf von Tübingen-Herrenberg
* 1535 Entrance of the Protestant Reformation
* 1958 Partnership with the French city Corbeil-Essonnes
* 1962 S. became "Große Kreisstadt"

Geography

Neighboring towns and cities: Böblingen, Stuttgart, Leonberg. Note that there is no gap between Böblingen and Sindelfingen. In Sindelfingen the river Schwippe begins and the highest point is 531 meters above sea level. In the north lies the Glemswald (Nature reserve).

Economy

Automobile industry, computer industry, fashion wholesale

Sights

* Old city hall (Rathaus), now the city museum (free admission)
* St Martin's church (Martinskirche) (built: 11.-12. century)
* A short alley with half timbered houses (Fachwerkhäusern)
* Old cemetery (behind city library)
* Witch jump
* Cloister Lake
* Large public swimming pool with a long water slide [http://www.badezentrum.de/englisch/Index.html]
* water-tower on Goldberg
* Water-tower Sindelfingen-Steige
* Water-tower Sindelfingen-Eichholz
* Friendship Fountain on the market place, designed by Bonifatius Stirnberg [http://www.freienohler.de/personen/bonifatius_stirnberg.htm] . Around a central fountain with the Pegasus are six small fountains represanting the six partner towns of Sindelfingen. The figures can rotate.
* Powerline-branch Maichingen
* Zweigart-Sawitzki-Bridge
* High-based pylons
* TV repeater Darmsheim
* Transmitter Tower Fuchsberg
* Transmitter Tower service area Forest of Sindelfingen
* Mercedes-Benz factory. Tours can be arranged through Mercedes dealers.

Honorary citizens

* Roger Combrisson
* Arthur Gruber
* Dr. Wilhelm Haspel
* Wilhelm Hörmann
* Karl Hummel
* Dr. Wilhelm Langheck
* Karl Pfitzer
* Ernst Schäfer
* Arthur K. Watson
* Mina Zweigart

Events

* Until 1987, there was a Volksfest each summer in Sindelfingen. It stopped because the site where it took place was required for a county garden exhibition. Until now, there is no appropriate site for such an event in Sindelfingen.
* Sindelfingen has an annual International Street Fair which features ethinc food and performances from the partner cities, as well as from various local ethnic clubs.

Traffic connections

* Autobahn A8 and A81
* S-Bahn to Stuttgart or Herrenberg (station is called Goldberg)
* Nearest airport: Stuttgart Airport.

Culture

Film producer, director, and author Roland Emmerich grew up in Sindelfingen. Wizo is a Punk rock band from Sindelfingen.

Twinning

*flagicon|Switzerland Schaffhausen, Switzerland Schaffhausen (Switzerland), since 1952
*flagicon|France Corbeil-Essonnes, France, since 1958
*flagicon|Italy Sondrio, Italy Sondrio , since 1962
*flagicon|UK Dronfield, United Kingdom, since 1971
*flagicon|Hungary Győr, Hungary, since 1987
*flagicon|Germanyflagicon|Saxony Torgau, Germany (Saxony), since 1987
*flagicon|Poland Chełm, Poland , since 2001

External links

* [http://www.sindelfingen.de Homepage of the city of Sindelfingen (in German)]
* [http://www.stadtbibliothek-sindelfingen.de Homepage of the city library (in German)]


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