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Abstatt

Abstatt is a municipality in the district of Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Geography

Abstatt is situated in the south of the district of Heilbronn at the Schozach river. Heilbronn is about 10 km to the northwest.

Neighbouring municipalities

Neighbouring towns and villages of Abstatt are (clockwise from the west): Ilsfeld, Untergruppenbach, Lauffen am Neckar (exclave town forest Etzlenswenden) and Beilstein, which all belong to the district of Heilbronn. Abstatt has combined with Beilstein, Ilsfeld and Untergruppenbach to form a joint association of administrations called Schozach-Bottwartal.

Municipal structure

There are no further villages belonging to Abstatt, but there are two hamlets called Happenbach and Vohenlohe.

History

Abstatt was first mentioned documentary in 1293. In 1510 Abstatt came to Württemberg. The villages Happenbach and Vohenlohe were even administrated by Abstatt since the 18th century. In 1938 the municipality came to the district of Heilbronn which was founded this year.

Until the World War II the municipality was characterized agri-culturally, later it developed into a residential area nearby Heilbronn.

Politics

District council

Following the municipal election of 13 June 2004, the district council of Abstatt has 14 seats. The election result is as follows:
party amount +/- seats +/-
CDU 46.9% (+5.3) 7 (=)
FW Abstatt 28.7% (−9.8) 4 (−2)
SPD 24.4% (+4.5) 3 (=)

The mayor is also a member of the district council and its chairman.

Arms and flag

Blazon: Within a splitted sign in front in red a golden abbot stick, in the background in gold a red lion. The municipal flag is red and white.

A seal of Abstatt from 1628 belonging to the Löwenstein County, contains the arms of Löwenstein: a lion. In 1907 the municipality asked for a new arms suggestion from the archive direction of Württemberg. Then the direction suggested the today's seal. Since it first was rejected as the conventional seal the direction made a second suggestion. However, the municipality decided to take the previous suggestion. The flag was given by the district of Heilbronn on September 5th, 1980.

Twin municipality

There's a relationship with Léhon in the French Departement Côtes-d'Armor.

Culture and sights

Museums

Abstatt has a native museum at its disposal.

Notable Buildings

  • The Wildeck Castle near Vohenlohe was built in the 12th century and contains a wine-growing school today.
  • The Protestant parish church St. Stephan was built in 1766 in rococo style upon the remmants of an older Gothic construction.
  • In Happenbach there's the renovated historical school house containing the today's citizen's forum. An old baking house reminds on this old rural infrastructure. Besides there's a village square with a fountain.

Economy and infrastructure

wine-growing

Abstatt is a wine-growing village whose area belongs to the Schozach valley in the wine-grwoing area Württemberg. There's a varietal named after a part of the municipality called Happenbach.

Traffic

Abstatt is directly situated at the A 81 between the exits of Ilsfeld and Heilbronn/Untergruppenbach.

Local businesses

Since 2004 the Robert Bosch GmbH is represented by a development area employing 2,350 people (June 2007). There's also the subsidiary company Bosch Engineering GmbH. Abstatt is the main site of the SAP system house Steeb Anwendungssysteme GmbH belonging to SAP AG. Steeb cares about the middle classes in SAP.

The international plate label Massacre Records is also in Abstatt.

Media

The Heilbronner Stimme informs about happenings in Abstatt within its edition SO, South-East.

Public institutions

Around the Wildeck Castle the Staatliche Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Wein- und Obstbau Weinsberg carries on ecological viticulture.

Education

Abstatt has a primary school including the municipal library at its disposal.

Personalities

Born in Abstatt

  • Josef Bick (1880–1952), philologist, general director of the Austrian national library and prisoner of the KZ Dachau

Connected with Abstatt

  • Alexander Bertsch (* 1940), author; lives in Abstatt
  • Wolfgang Bebbel (* 1943), politician; 1980–1996 member of the district council of Abstatt
  • Ingo Rust (* 1978), politician; voted to be the youngest member ever of the district council in 1999

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