Eppelheim is a city in northern Baden-Württemberg bordering Heidelberg. It belongs to the district Rhein-Neckar-Kreis.

Streetcar in Eppelheim
Streetcar in Eppelheim
Coat of arms of Eppelheim
Coat of arms
Location of Eppelheim within Rhein-Neckar-Kreis district
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Eppelheim is located in Germany
Eppelheim is located in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates: 49°24′N 8°38′E / 49.400°N 8.633°E / 49.400; 8.633Coordinates: 49°24′N 8°38′E / 49.400°N 8.633°E / 49.400; 8.633
Admin. regionKarlsruhe
 • MayorDieter Mörlein (Ind.)
 • Total5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
110 m (360 ft)
 • Total15,268
 • Density2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06221
Vehicle registrationHD


Location and neighboring communitiesEdit

Eppelheim is situated in the valley of the Upper Rhine southwest of the hills of the Odenwald and directly on the Bundesautobahn 5.

The location of the city within the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis is almost completely surrounded by the urban district of Heidelberg. Eppelheim borders the Heidelberg boroughs of Wieblingen in the North, Pfaffengrund in the East, and Kirchheim in the South. To the West lies the municipality of Plankstadt, also within the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis.

Another center in the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan region is Mannheim, about 20 km (12 mi) northwest of Eppelheim.


Eppelheim does not have any boroughs, but locals orient on the directions of the compass and refer to the parts of the city that way. For example, northeast Eppelheim. However, there are no exact demarcations.


Archaeological finds from the neolithic, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and the early Middle Ages indicate that the area where the city is located was inhabited by people for a long time. Eppelheim was first mentioned in historical documents pertaining to a grant in the year 770 in the Lorsch codex under the name Ebbelenheim. From the 11th century Eppelheim was a typical small village of the Electorate of the Palatinate. The number of inhabitants remained continuously under 150 up until the 18th century. Among the reasons for this was the destruction of Eppelheim in 1689. The village, like so many others in the area, was burned down by French troops on 28 January during the War of the Grand Alliance.

Eppelheim was rebuilt and experienced a steady increase in population. In the 20th century the population boomed. The population went from 2644 in 1905 to 13,904 in 1997. The people of Eppelheim chose masonry as a career more than the average German in the 20th century. In 1908 there were over 400. Eppelheim is known in the region as a mason community.

In 1998 Eppelheim was elevated to city status by the State of Baden-Württemberg.


Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council of the city of Eppelheim has 22 members. They carry the title Stadträtin/Stadtrat (city councilor female/male).

Municipal Council 13 June 2004
Party Votes Seats
CDU % 10
SPD % 6
Green % 4
FDP % 1
FWG (Freie Wähler Gemeinschaft) % 1
Voter Participation: %

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms in its current form was introduced in 1900. It is based on a lost seal from 1689. The coat of arms matches inescutcheon of the old coat of arms of the Electorate of the Palatinate, which refers to the honor of the counts palatine of the Rhine. The flag is yellow and red and was awarded by the Ministry of State in 1959.

International relationsEdit

Eppelheim is twinned with:

Friendly contacts have been established with the following cities:

Economy and infrastructureEdit


The largest employer in Eppelheim is the Rudolf-Wild-Werke in the southern part of the city with about 1400 workers. The tax on the company's business is an important factor in determining the city budget.[citation needed]

The company Wild has its headquarters in Eppelheim.[2][3]


Eppelheim is directly on the Bundesautobahn 5 and has access through the Heidelberg/Schwetzingen exit.

The city is connected to the neighboring university city, Heidelberg by the well travelled streetcar line 22. The streetcar is run by the Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV). The connection leads to other public transit opportunities. Bus line 713 connects to Schwetzingen via Plankstadt. Intracity connections are offered by Eppelheim's bus line 732, run by Busverkehr Rhein-Neckar GmbH as the so-called City-Bus.


Honorary citizenEdit

  • 1906: Jakob Neu (1836-1921), head teacher from 1878 to 1907
  • Andreas Jäger, mayor from 1919 to 1933 and from 1945 to 1954
  • 1979: Rudolf Wild (1904-1995), entrepreneur, founder of the Wild (company)
  • Alois Berberich (1913-2000), second mayor
  • 1997: Leonie Wild, (1908-2005) co-founder of the Wild-company
  • 2001: Inge Burck
  • 2003: Hans Stephan, retired rector
  • 2006: Hans-Peter Wild, (born 1941), lawyer and entrepreneur

Personalities who have worked in EppelheimEdit

  • Wolfgang Ketterle (born 1957), grew up in Eppelheim, holder of the Nobel Prize for Physics
  • Ernst Knoll (1940-1997), eight times German champion and twice Olympic participant in wrestling
  • Jakob Rupper (1896-1958), owner of a steel construction company and Member of Landtag
  • Wolfgang Ernst (born 1957), politician, Lord Mayor of Leimen 2000-2016

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2019". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). September 2020.
  2. ^ "Contact Archived 2011-10-27 at the Wayback Machine." Wild. Retrieved on 22 October 2011. "Rudolf-Wild-Straße 107-115 D-69214 Heidelberg / Eppelheim Germany"
  3. ^ "Approach Heidelberg Archived 2012-04-14 at the Wayback Machine." Wild. Retrieved on 22 October 2011.