Geislingen an der Steige

Geislingen an der Steige is a town in the district of Göppingen in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The name relates to its location "on the climb" (an der steige) of a trade route over the Swabian Jura mountain range.

Geislingen an der Steige

Coat of arms
Location of Geislingen an der Steige within Göppingen district
Geislingen an der Steige
Geislingen an der Steige
Coordinates: 48°37′28″N 9°49′50″E
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionStuttgart
DistrictGöppingen
Government
  MayorFrank Dehmer
Area
  Total75.83 km2 (29.28 sq mi)
Elevation
464 m (1,522 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total28,122
  Density370/km2 (960/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
73301–73312
Dialling codes07331, 07334, 07337
Vehicle registrationGP
Websitewww.geislingen.de

History

Although the area had settlements since the Bronze Age, Geislingen was founded by the counts of Helfenstein as a transit collection station on the important commercial route between the Rhine valley and the Mediterranean. The fortified Helfenstein castle existed since 1100. Giselingen was first mentioned as civitas in a document dated 1237. From 1396 through 1802, Geislingen was owned by the free and imperial city of Ulm on the Danube. In 1803 Ulm and Geislingen became part of Bavaria, but in a land exchange were incorporated into the Kingdom of Württemberg in 1810.

Industrialization started with the arrival of the railroad and the construction of the Fils Valley Railway (1847-1850) up the Geislinger Steige, a steep incline of rail and road to the plateau of the Schwäbische Alb (Swabian Jura), and Geislingen (Steige) station. The leading industrial enterprise is the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) founded in 1852, a world-renowned manufacturer of goods for kitchen and table.

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Sons and daughters of the city

Partnership

Geislingen is twin town of:

References

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


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