Wolfach is a town in the Black Forest and part of the Ortenaukreis in Baden-Württemberg (Germany). It is a well-known spa town in Germany.

Coat of arms of Wolfach
Coat of arms
Location of Wolfach within Ortenaukreis district
Wolfach in OG.svg
Wolfach is located in Germany
Wolfach is located in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates: 48°18′N 8°13′E / 48.300°N 8.217°E / 48.300; 8.217Coordinates: 48°18′N 8°13′E / 48.300°N 8.217°E / 48.300; 8.217
Admin. regionFreiburg
 • MayorThomas Geppert
 • Total67.99 km2 (26.25 sq mi)
262 m (860 ft)
 • Total5,760
 • Density85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes07834
Vehicle registrationOG, KEL, LR, WOL


Geographical PositionEdit

Wolfach lies where the two rivers Wolf and Kinzig meet in the Kinzig valley. The mixture of valleys and mountains is a characteristic of the town, which stretches between 250 and 880 m above sea level.

City Hall in Wolfach

Villages within the borough of Wolfach include Kirnbach and Kinzigtal.


The exact foundation year of Wolfach is not known. The history of the town Wolfach can be traced back to the year 1084, although some finding even point back to the Roman times.

On April 21, 1945, before fleeing the city, the Gestapo took the French resistants and political prisoners held in the prison of Wolfach to a forest outside of the town, forced them to dig their own graves, and shot them on the spot, just three hours before the arrival of the French 2nd Armored Division commanded by General Leclerc.[2]

Kinzig in Wolfach


Wolfach hotels and bed & breakfast places have an occupancy rate of 128,000 nights each year (year 2000).


City CouncilEdit

In the past years the city council consisted of:

Party 1994 1999 2004 2009 2014
CDU 8 seats 10 seats 8 seats 6 seats 5 seats
SPD 5 seats 3 seats 3 seats 4 seats 5 seats
FW 6 seats 8 seats 7 seats 7 seats 6 seats
Grüne 1 seat 2 seats


  • 1811–1820: Johann Georg Neef
  • 1820–1829: Xavery Duppele
  • 1829–1834: Dr. Duttlinger
  • 1834–1839: Johann Baptist Baur
  • 1839–1861: Joseph Bührer
  • 1861–1874: Johann Georg Armbruster
  • 1874–1880: Hermann Vogt
  • 1880–1900: Friedrich Armbruster, (son of J. G. Armbruster)
  • 1900–1909: Bruno Burger
  • 1909–1918: Karl Friedrich Armbruster, (son of F. Armbruster)
  • 1918–1925: Gustav Bulacher
  • 1925–1936: August Hämmerle, (from 1933 NSDAP)
  • 1937–1941: Adolf Oehler (NSDAP), Oehler was since 1929 NSDAP-member, joined in 1940 the Waffen-SS and died in 1941 as a soldier
  • 1941–1945: Alfred Albanus
  • 1945: Max Vivell, (gave the town to the commander of the marching in French troops)
  • 1945–1946: Johannes Faißt (temporarily)
  • 1946–1951: Hans Allgeier (1891–1951)
  • 1951–1978: Arthur Martin (1911–1999)
  • 1978–1991: Hans-Peter Züfle
  • 1992–2014: Gottfried Moser
  • since 2015: Thomas Geppert

Coat of ArmsEdit

The coat of arms of the town of Wolfach displays a golden wolf's rod on blue ground and is based on the “Wolfs-Angel” of the “Herren von Wolfach”.

International relationsEdit

Wolfach is twinned with:

Culture and SightsEdit

Schloss Wolfach

Swabian-Alemannic CarnivalEdit

Wolfach is said to be one of the towns rich in tradition of the Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht.


  • Fürstenberg castle
  • Fortress ruin Alt-Wolfach
  • Town Hall
  • Catholic church St. Laurentius


  • Kurgarten
  • Flößerpark
  • Kinziganlagen

Regular EventsEdit

  • Swabian-Alemannic Carnival (‘Fastnacht’)
  • City Fountain Festival (‘Stadtbrunnenfest’)
  • Biker-Weekend
  • Long Table (‘Lange Tafel’)
  • Flößerfest
  • Open-Air Rockfest Moosenmättle
  • Butchers Festival of the Fire Department (‘Schlachtfest der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr’)
  • Wolfach Autumn (‘Wolfacher Herbst’)

Notable peopleEdit

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

People who are connected to the townEdit

  • Gustav Trunk (1871–1936), politician, member of the German Centre Party; lived in Wolfach from 1897 to 1900 as beadle
  • Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer (1896–1969), racial hygienist in the Third Reich; lived in Wolfach between 1898 and 1909, where he visited school



  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2020". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). June 2021.
  2. ^ CRDP d'Alsace. "La Deuxième Guerre mondiale en Alsace" (PDF) (in French). Retrieved 2009-11-07.

Book ReferencesEdit

  • Disch Franz: Chronik der Stadt Wolfach. Wolfach, Karlsruhe 1920.
  • Harter Hans: Adel und Burgen im oberen Kinziggebiet. Studien zur Besiedelung und hochmittelalterlichen Herrschaftsbildung im mittleren Schwarzwald. München 1992.
  • Krausbeck Josef, Knauss Frieder: Masken unserer Stadt. Stuttgart 1974.
  • Stadt Wolfach (Hrsg.): Schwarzwaldstadt mit Tradition. Wolfach, Kirnbach, Kinzigtal. Freiburg 1988.

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Administration and AuthoritiesEdit


Places of Interest, SightsEdit