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Rheinau is a town in southwestern Baden-Württemberg, Germany and is part of the district of Ortenau.

Rheinau
Rheinau-Rheinbischofsheim, protestant church
Rheinau-Rheinbischofsheim, protestant church
Coat of arms of Rheinau
Coat of arms
Location of Rheinau within Ortenaukreis district
Rheinau in OG.svg
Rheinau is located in Germany
Rheinau
Rheinau
Rheinau is located in Baden-Württemberg
Rheinau
Rheinau
Coordinates: 48°40′04″N 07°56′05″E / 48.66778°N 7.93472°E / 48.66778; 7.93472Coordinates: 48°40′04″N 07°56′05″E / 48.66778°N 7.93472°E / 48.66778; 7.93472
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionFreiburg
DistrictOrtenaukreis
Government
 • MayorMichael Welsche
Area
 • Total73.51 km2 (28.38 sq mi)
Elevation
130 m (430 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total11,395
 • Density160/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
77866
Dialling codes07844 / 07227 / 07853
Vehicle registrationKEL/OG/BH
Websitewww.rheinau.de

GeographyEdit

Rheinau is located in the Upper Rhine River Plains directly on the Rhine and as such at the German-French border. The center of town is located immediately on the Rhine crossing to France and the southern borough of Linx is located not far from Kehl and Strasbourg.

Neighboring communitiesEdit

Rheinau shares common borders with the following cities and towns, listed clockwise from the north: Lichtenau (district of Rastatt), Achern, Renchen, Appenweier and Kehl (all in the district of Ortenau) and the Alsatian towns of Gambsheim and La Wantzenau.

BoroughsEdit

Rheinau is made up of the boroughs of Freistett (Hauptort and administrative seat of Rheinau with city hall), Diersheim, Hausgereut, Helmlingen, Holzhausen, Honau, Linx, Memprechtshofen and Rheinbischofsheim.

HistoryEdit

The city of Rheinau was created during the Baden-Württemberg district reform in 1975 through the combination of the formerly independent communities of Freistett, Helmlingen, Memprechtshofen, Rheinbischofsheim, Hausgereut, Diersheim, Linx, Hohbühn, Holzhausen and Honau.

Local council (Elections in May 2014)Edit

  • SPD = 11 seats
  • IG Handel = 4 seats
  • CDU = 12 seats
  • Total = 27 seats

People, culture & architectureEdit

BuildingsEdit

  • Lutheran Church Rheinbischhofsheim: 56 m high, largest church in the area, built in 1876, remodeled in 1998
  • Heidenkirchl in Freistett
  • St Nikolaus Church

EventsEdit

Every Friday morning there is a farmers' market in Freistett.

Economy and infrastructureEdit

InfrastructureEdit

  Rheinau is connected to Achern, Bühl and Kehl by bus lines and belongs to the Public Transportation Authority of the district of Ortenau.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.

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