Wolfach

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Template:For Template:Infobox German Location Wolfach is a town in the Black forest and part of the Ortenaukreis in Baden-Württemberg (Germany).It is one of the most famous spa towns in Germany.

Geography

Geographical position

Wolfach lies where the 2 rivers Wolf and Kinzig meet in the Kinzig valley. The mixture of valleys and mountains is a characteristic of the town, which stretches between 250 and 880 m above sea level.

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City Hall in Wolfach

History

The exact foundation year of Wolfach is not known. The history of the town Wolfach can be traced back to ?the year 1148, although some finding even point back to the Roman times.

On April 21, 1945, before fleeing the city, the Gestapo took the French resistants and political prisoners held in the prison of Wolfach to a forest outside of the town, forced them to dig their own graves, and shot them on the spot, just three hours before the arrival of the French 2nd Armored Division commanded by General Leclerc.


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Kinzig in Wolfach

Tourism

Wolfach hotels and bed & breakfast places have an occupancy rate of 128,000 nights each year (year 2000).


district council

In the past years the city council consisted of:

Party 1994 1999 2004
CDU 8 seats 10 seats 8 seats
SPD 5 seats 3 seats 3 seats
FW 6 seats 8 seats 7 seats

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of the town of Wolfach displays a golden wolf's rod on blue ground and is based on the Wolfs Angel of the "Herren von Wolfach".

Sister towns

  • Kreuzlingen, (Switzerland)
  • Richfield, Ohio, (U.S.)
  • Cavalaire-sur-Mer, (France)

Culture and Sights

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Schloss Wolfach


Swabian-Alemannic carnival

Wolfach is said to be one of the towns rich in tradition of the Swabian-Alemannic carnival.


Buildings

  • Fürstenberg castle
  • fortress ruin Alt-Wolfach
  • town hall
  • St. Bartholomäus

Parks

  • Kurgarten
  • Flößerpark
  • Kinziganlagen

Regular Events

  • Swabian-alemannic carnival
  • City fountain festival
  • Biker-Weekend
  • Long table
  • Flößerfest'
  • Open-Air Rockfest Moosenmättle
  • butchers festival
  • Wolfach autumn


References

Notes

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Book references

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  • Disch Franz: Chronik der Stadt Wolfach. Wolfach, Karlsruhe 1920.
  • Harter Hans: Adel und Burgen im oberen Kinziggebiet. Studien zur Besiedelung und hochmittelalterlichen Herrschaftsbildung im mittleren Schwarzwald. München 1992.
  • Krausbeck Josef, Knauss Frieder: Masken unserer Stadt. Stuttgart 1974.
  • Stadt Wolfach (Hrsg.): Schwarzwaldstadt mit Tradition. Wolfach, Kirnbach, Kinzigtal. Freiburg 1988.

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places of interest, sights

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