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Sternenfels, consisting of the villages of Diefenbach and Sternenfels, is the most northern municipality in the Enz (district)
Enz (district)
in Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
in Germany. The town is located at the border of the Kraichgau
Kraichgau
and Stromberg regions. Sternenfels
Sternenfels
is considered a showcase village and was mentioned in several national and European studies and competitions. It is about 20 km from Pforzheim
Pforzheim
and close to the UNESCO world heritage site of Maulbronn.

Contents

1 Role as showcase village 2 Geography and climate 3 Transportation 4 History 5 Geology and local industry 6 Local politics 7 Sister cities 8 Culture and local activities

8.1 Education

9 Personalities 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links

Role as showcase village[edit] Sternenfels
Sternenfels
(Translation: star rock—a meaning which inspired the town coat of arms) has a peculiar location and citizens. The town has a very active community with more than 25 different associations; from different choruses, brass bands, a roaming pigeon club, a German Turkish council, a tourist board, various sport associations, political parties, winemaker and farmer associations.[2] As well the town website has been awarded for it is a very active web community.[3] The village has received several prizes in national competitions[4] for renovation projects, beauty and sustainability. Sternenfels
Sternenfels
has been the subject of several studies, dealing with regional and rural planning and sustainable development,[5] as well as teleworking and rural industrial development[6] Sternenfels
Sternenfels
has been used as a Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
showcase village at EXPO 2000
EXPO 2000
and various other congresses and conferences.[7] The expo participation is manifested in a monument on the main road.[8] Geography and climate[edit]

Precipitation in Sternenfels.

Sternenfels
Sternenfels
is located on an exposed western spur of the east-west running Stromberg hills.[9] The watershed between Rhine
Rhine
and Neckar rivers as well as the border between Kraichgau
Kraichgau
and Stromberg passes near Sternenfels. The Village of Diefenbach is the site of the Metter spring which runs via the Enz
Enz
River to the Neckar, while the Kraich spring in Sternenfels
Sternenfels
ends in the Rhine
Rhine
river. Sternenfels
Sternenfels
is at the crossroads of four different counties - (Karlsruhe, Heilbronn, Ludwigsburg und Enzkreis). It is the starting or end point for several hiking or walking trails as well as part of Württemberg
Württemberg
Wine route from Weikersheim
Weikersheim
to Metzingen. The former Roman road
Roman road
between Stettfeld and Bad Cannstatt
Bad Cannstatt
probably crossed Sternenfels.[9] The municipality became a local tourist destination with several inns and (former) breweries located around the town center. The climate of Sternenfels
Sternenfels
is generally mild due to the influence of the neighboring Kraichgau
Kraichgau
hills. The castle hill, with a height of about 400 m (1,300 ft), allows portions of Sternenfels
Sternenfels
to overlook the neighboring Kraichgau.[9] The major rain storms generally happen earlier in the year than in the rest of the region, though this helps the local vineyards. Generally the local soil is comparatively poor and is mainly used for forestry. Transportation[edit] Public Transport is provided by several bus lines. The closest train connection are the Karlsruhe Tram Train system in neighboring Flehingen. A revival of the Zabergäu Railway
Zabergäu Railway
is under planning. History[edit]

Coat of Arms of von Sternenfels
Sternenfels
noble family, in Johann Siebmacher's book of coat of arms (Wappenbuch).

The former Sternenfels
Sternenfels
castle was probably founded at the start of the 11th century by the von Sternenfels
Sternenfels
family.[9] In 1232, Sternenfels community was mentioned in a deed the first time, since the community has been destroyed and resettled several times, e.g. in the Thirty Years' War, it did not develop into a bigger settlement.[9] However the peculiar site and a vibrant community life make Sternenfels
Sternenfels
till today an outstanding municipality. During the 14th century, Sternenfels
Sternenfels
became part of Württemberg. The Thirty Years' War
Thirty Years' War
left the village in shambles. Immigrants from Switzerland repopulated the area and 'Schweitzer' is still an important local family name.[9] Near the end of the 17th century, some of the Eppingen Line fortifications were built around and integrated Sternenfels.[9] These fortifications are still visible. The Protestant parish church in Sternenfels
Sternenfels
was built in the 18th century, the Diefenbach church 1621 according plans of Heinrich Schickhardt.[9] Sternenfels
Sternenfels
was the main site of the Sternenfels
Sternenfels
noble family.[10][11] Derived from high German nobility[12] they were related with the Herren von Kürnbach
Kürnbach
and mentioned as early as the 12th century. A Cunradus liber de Sterrenvils [13] took over the realm of Kürnbach
Kürnbach
as well. 1252 two sons of Cunradus, Cunradus und Wernherus nobiles de Sternvels joined the fatal last voyage of Conradin[14] to Italy. Geology and local industry[edit]

Wooden framework house of 1674 in Diefenbach.

Sternenfels
Sternenfels
has a long industrial history. The local quarries were used to produce masonry and "stubensand", an early abrasive which was very popular for household cleaning in the 18th and 19th centuries. The town castle, built by the von Kürnbach
Kürnbach
family and later used by the von Sternenfels, was completely demolished and used to produce stubensand by 1778. In 1866 an observation tower was built and triggered local tourism.[9] Sternenfels
Sternenfels
image was coined by the "sandbauern", farmers that produced stubensand and wove baskets besides farming. The intensive stubensand production led to damages in the local forests and ongoing conflicts between the community and the sandbauern, which were entitled to excavate stubensandstone in the local forests.[15] The last sand mill was closed in 1935, however sandbauern costumes are still worn sometimes and the sandbauern image is used to promote the village.[15] The site of the castle is still visible in the center of the village. The 14 m high Water tower on the former castle hill was built during 1967 as part of the Lake of Constance Water supply system and styled as a keep. The tower is open for the public and allows an excellent view both over Kraichgau
Kraichgau
and Stromberg. It includes as well an historic exhibition about the local nobility and geology. The Late Triassic Stuben Sandstone
Sandstone
formation (German: Stubensandstein, the source of Stubensand) around Sternenfels
Sternenfels
contains as well small amounts of gold. Christopher Bechtler—a citizen and jeweler of Pforzheim—demonstrated a gold sluice, he had invented.[16] The two-day trial caused major public attraction since Bechtler invited the farmers to have huge amount of stubensand washed. Bechtler was not very successful in Sternenfels
Sternenfels
but later became a millionaire in the United States[16]— Bechtler invented and coined the first Gold dollars. Sternenfels
Sternenfels
has attracted several companies in electronics, mechanical instruments and machinery and is still an industrial village. After World War I, a local tobacco and cigar manufacturer played an important role in the local job market.[17] As well the Schweitzer factory, an industrial complex founded around 1900 producing measurement devices[18] provided over hundred work places but closed down 1995. The site was converted in an innovation center allowing small companies sharing basic facilities and as well teleworking work places.[19] Local politics[edit]

Diefenbach center.

The Sternenfels
Sternenfels
Workers Guild founded 1875 was one of the first social democratic local organizations in the German southwest.[17] Bismarcks Anti-Socialist Laws
Anti-Socialist Laws
and as well Sternenfels
Sternenfels
reputation as a "red village" during the Nazi regime made the villagers evade into non political associations as the Volkschor (people chorus) and the Badverein (water park pool association). During the last free elections to the German Reichstag 1932 the SPD reached 33.7%, the communist party 45% and NSDAP 15.2%. However a common list of SPD and KPD was never achieved. The SPD in Sternenfels tried as early as 1922 to reach out to local farmers and artisans.[17] The first free elections after the war 1947 gave the SPD 4 of 12 seats in the city council, KPD 3 and free voters 5 seats.[17] The local elections on 13 June 2004 lead to the following results :

SPD 52.4% +5.5 6 Seats ±0

FWG 47.6% -5.5 6 Seats ±0

The election of the mayor is not done by the magistrate but according to Gemeindeordnung in southern Germany
Germany
via a direct election. From 1974 til 2006 Helmut Wagner was mayor. Since 2006 Sigrid Hornauer, the first female mayor, is in office. Typical for the pragmatic Sternenfels
Sternenfels
way, a touch of suebian avarity, pietist pragmatism and strong sense of community is the setup of the municipal hall close to Freibad, Kraich fountain, Kindergarten and cemetery. The highly modern and prized architecture[20] of the multipurpose hall is used for sports, local events and—via a separate entry to the cemetery—to convene for burial services. The neighboring parish center, built in the 1980s is named after the pietist preacher and famous 19th-century labour delegate Christoph Blumhardt. Sister cities[edit] Sternenfels
Sternenfels
has a partnership with Nöbdenitz
Nöbdenitz
in Thuringia. Culture and local activities[edit]

Protestant parish church of Sternenfels.

Sternenfels
Sternenfels
water storage.

Sternenfels
Sternenfels
has a variety of local associations. The most important is the Sternenfels
Sternenfels
Freibadverein (Pool association) with more than 600 members. The Badverein takes care of Sternenfels' local water park, the "Freibad". The first pool was built 1939 and the whole site completely renovated 1969. It is a very peculiar institution in a village of less than 3,000 inhabitants and it is said to be among the most beautiful public swimming pools in the area. The pool guards, ticket sales, concerts and night activities and a recently installed beach volley field are managed on a non commercial base.[21] Sternenfels
Sternenfels
has attracted some painters and photographers living and working in the village.[22] Kräuterhexe (herbology witch)[23] Gabriele Bickels lives in Sternenfels
Sternenfels
and provides training courses and field tours in herbology. Diefenbach has a separate community house hosting various exhibitions and a permanent exhibition[24] about fire fighting and fire pump systems, the earliest one of 1808. The local fire fighter brigade still plays a part in the community life. Education[edit] Besides a municipal kindergarten and a state primary school, the Freie Schule Diefenbach provides primary to middle education based on Rudolf Steiners Waldorf education.[25] Personalities[edit]

Theodor Schweitzer (1875–1953), local industrialist, founder of Theodor Schweitzer company Franz Walter Stahlecker
Franz Walter Stahlecker
(1900–1942), Nazi and mass murderer, born in Sternenfels
Sternenfels
(he moved away in 1903) Friedrich Veit (1871–1913), linguist Horst Krautter (1932–1996), administrative expert and peace movement activist

Notes[edit]

^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland nach Fläche, Bevölkerung und Postleitzahl am 30.09.2016". Statistisches Bundesamt
Statistisches Bundesamt
(in German). 2016.  ^ List of associations in Sternenfels
Sternenfels
web access 10/2008 (in German) ^ [1] Sternenfels
Sternenfels
was awarded "Best Web Community" in the 1997 competition for village web pages in Baden Württemberg, web access 10/2008 ^ [2] List of Prizes and Medals for Sternenfels, web access 10/2008 (in German) ^ Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum, Landwirtschaft und Forsten Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
(Hrsg.) (1987): Dorfentwicklung - Landschafts- und siedlungsökologische Grundsätze. Modellplanung - Holländere in Sternenfels.- Stuttgart. (Rural development - Basic assumptions for landscape ecology and settlements, Holländere model planning in Sternenfels) ^ Glaser, W.R./ Glaser, M.O./ Kuder, T.: Bevölkerungsbefragung zum Innovationszentrum "Fabrik Schweitzer" und zu Telearbeit in Sternenfels; Abschlußbericht.(Sondage about teleworking and a local innovation center) 2004 (in German) ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-30.  europäisches Modelldorf und ausgezeichnete Erfahrungen mit Telearbeit (European Village Role Model, excellent experiences with teleworking), web access 10/2008 (in German) ^ [3] Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
- positive showcases for sustainable development, around 2000, web access 10/2008 (in German) ^ a b c d e f g h i Um Stromberg und Mittlere Enz. Heimatkundliche Beiträge aus dem Kreis Vaihingen, Landkreis Vaihingen, Vaihingen/Enz, 1972 ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Adelslexikon Band XIV, Band 131 der Gesamtreihe, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 2003, ISSN 0435-2408 ^ [4] Coat of arms, Augsburg 1515 - 1650, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ Gerhard Köbler: Historisches Lexikon der deutschen Länder. C.H. Beck, München 2007; ISBN 978-3-406-54986-1. ^ Württemberger Urkundenbuch 3, S. 305 ^ Württemberger Jahrbuch 1866, S. 291 ^ a b [5] Sandbauern Costumes and History in Sternenfels, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2008-07-24.  Goldrush in Sternenfels
Sternenfels
1818], in German, web access 10/2008 ^ a b c d [6] Speech for the 125 Anniversary of the Arbeiterverein resp. the local SPD, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ [7] Overview about the historical background of Schweitzer measurement devices ^ Staff. "Industry in Sternenfels" (in German). municipal web page. Retrieved 2008-10-29.  ^ [8] multipurpose hall in Sternenfels, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ [9] Basic data and activities of the Freibadverein, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ [10] Overview about artists living in Sternenfels, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ [11] Gabriele Bickels herbology Witchcraft in Maulbronn
Maulbronn
and Sternenfels, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ [12] Diefenbach Fire Pump Museum, in German, web access 10/2008 ^ [13] Educational facilities in Sternenfels, in German, web access 10/2008

References[edit]

Um Stromberg und Mittlere Enz. Heimatkundliche Beiträge aus dem Kreis Vaihingen, Landkreis Vaihingen, Vaihingen/Enz, 1972 (local history, folklore and geology and a report about the end of WWII in the Enzkreis)

External links[edit]

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Towns and municipalities in Enz
Enz
(district)

Birkenfeld (Enz) Eisingen Engelsbrand Friolzheim Heimsheim Illingen Ispringen Kämpfelbach Keltern Kieselbronn Knittlingen Königsbach-Stein Maulbronn Mönsheim Mühlacker Neuenbürg Neuhausen Neulingen Niefern-Öschelbronn Ölbronn-Dürrn Ötisheim Remchingen Sternenfels Straubenhardt Tiefenbronn Wiernsheim Wimsheim Wurmberg

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