Welden is a community in the Augsburg district of Bavaria, Germany, and is the seat of the commune of Welden. Since the local government reform in 1978 it comprises Welden, Reutern and Ehgatten.

Welden
Welden
Welden
Coat of arms of Welden
Location of Welden within Augsburg district
Welden in A.svg
Welden is located in Germany
Welden
Welden
Welden is located in Bavaria
Welden
Welden
Coordinates: 48°27′N 10°40′E / 48.450°N 10.667°E / 48.450; 10.667Coordinates: 48°27′N 10°40′E / 48.450°N 10.667°E / 48.450; 10.667
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionSchwaben
DistrictAugsburg
Municipal assoc.Welden
Government
 • Mayor (2020–26) Stefan Scheider[1]
Area
 • Total17.96 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Elevation
466 m (1,529 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total3,825
 • Density210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
86465
Dialling codes08293
Vehicle registrationA
Websitehttp://www.markt-welden.de

GeographyEdit

Welden lies at the centre of the Holzwinkel landscape in Augsburg-West forestry natural park.

Welden and Ehgatten are situated on the Laugna which supplies the Zusam. Reutern is on a hill between the Zusam and Laugna vallies.

HistoryEdit

Welden was first mentioned in 1156. It was seat of the Lords of Welden who took their fief from the marquesses of Burgau. In 1402 the village became a "market". In 1597 the Fugger family acquired the estate which remained in the hand of the Fugger-Wellenburg branch until it extinguished in 1764, followed by the counts and princes of Fugger-Babenhausen. In 1806 Welden became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria. The monastery is still owned by the Fugger family foundation.

During the local government reform of 1978, the commune of Reutern was added to Welden as was Ehgatten, which belonged to the commune of Streitheim (now belonging to Zusmarshausen community). Before 1978, Ehgatten's parish and school was governed by Welden.

PoliticsEdit

MayorEdit

Mayors since the local government reform of 1978:

Year Mayor Candidate
2020 Stefan Scheider
2002 Peter Bergmeir SPD/FWV
1996 Peter Bergmeir SPD
1990 Peter Bergmeir SPD
1984 Hermann Schmid CSU
1978 Hermann Schmid CSU/SPD

Since 2002, Gerhard Groß (FWV) has been the deputy mayor.

Local CouncilEdit

Local council elections since the 1978 reform:

Year SPD CSU Bürgergemeinschaft Free voters REP Total
present 5 4 3 4 - 16
2002 5 4 4 3 - 16
1996 4 4 5 3 - 16
1990 4 6 3 2 1 16
1984 3 5 3 3 - 14
1978 2 6 2 4 - 14

Culture and Places of InterestEdit

 
Church of the Annunciation and monastery
  • St. Thekla church
  • Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary contains early frescoes by 18th century painter Matthäus Günther

Notable citizensEdit

The author Ludwig Ganghofer spent a significant part of his childhood (1859–1865) in Welden.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Liste der ersten Bürgermeister/Oberbürgermeister in kreisangehörigen Gemeinden, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, 15 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik (in German). June 2021.

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