Waiblingen is a town in the southwest of Germany
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, located in the center of the densely populated Stuttgart Region
Stuttgart Region
Stuttgart Region is a metropolitan area in Germany and consists of the city of Stuttgart and the surrounding districts of Ludwigsburg, Esslingen, Böblingen, Rems-Murr and Göppingen . About 2.7 million inhabitants live in that area...

, directly neighboring Stuttgart
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. It is the capital of the Rems-Murr district. As of September 30, 2004 Waiblingen accommodated 52,948 inhabitants (25,953 men and 26,995 women).

As of December 31, 2004 the area of the town (including all external proprieties, such as forests) was 42.76 km².


Waiblingen was first mentioned in Carolingian
The Carolingian dynasty was a Frankish noble family with origins in the Arnulfing and Pippinid clans of the 7th century AD. The name "Carolingian", Medieval Latin karolingi, an altered form of an unattested Old High German *karling, kerling The Carolingian dynasty (known variously as the...

 documents in 885
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 at the time of Charles the Fat
Charles the Fat
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. It received its town charter in 1250.

Waiblingen was property of the Salian kings, from whom the Hohenstaufen
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 dukes and kings inherited it. It is assumed that the Italian name of the Hohenstaufen party, Ghibelline, is derived from "Waiblingen".

The town was almost completely destroyed in 1634 during the Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years' War
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, and its citizens either killed or deported. It was rebuilt after the war; the existing old central part of the town dates back to the years between 1640 and 1700. Its fortifications are now well restored.


The following towns were incorporated into Waiblingen:
  • December 1, 1971: Beinstein
  • January 1, 1975: Bittenfeld
    Bittenfeld is an incorporated town located in the northernmost quarter of Waiblingen in the Rems-Murr-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg. Its population is approximately 4,300 inhabitants....

    , Hegnach, Hohenacker
    Hohenacker, once a town, is now part of Waiblingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany....

     and Neustadt


Waiblingen houses the principal office of the world's biggest chainsaw
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 manufacturer, Stihl
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Also the Robert Bosch GmbH
Robert Bosch GmbH
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 has two factories there, for polymer and packaging technology.

It is also the location for the letter processing center
Briefzentrum (Deutsche Post)
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 for the Stuttgart region of the Deutsche Post
Deutsche Post
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International relations

Waiblingen is twinned
Town twinning
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 with: Mayenne
Mayenne, Mayenne
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, France
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Devizes is a market town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The town is about southeast of Chippenham and about east of Trowbridge.Devizes serves as a centre for banks, solicitors and shops, with a large open market place where a market is held once a week...

, United Kingdom
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, Italy
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, Hungary
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Honorary citizen

  • 1883: Dr. med. Gustav Pfeilsticker
  • 1907: Ferdinand Küderli
  • 1930: Theodor Kaiser
  • 1932: Friedrich Schofer
  • 1934: Albert Roller
  • 1953: Emil Münz
  • 1967: Alfred Diebold
  • 1968: Adolf Bauer
  • 1997: Dr. Ulrich Gauß
  • 1997: Hans Peter Stihl
  • 1997: Albrecht Villinger

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