|• Mayor||Christiane Staab (CDU)|
|• Total||19.91 km2 (7.69 sq mi)|
|Elevation||110 m (360 ft)|
|• Density||780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Walldorf is home to the world's third largest software company SAP. In the eighteenth century, it was the birthplace of John Jacob Astor, who emigrated and became a prominent fur trader in the newly independent United States, establishing a monopoly in North America. Concentrating on real estate acquisition and investment, and based in New York City, he grew even wealthier and was the patriarch of the wealthy and influential Astor family.
The neighbouring town to the east is Wiesloch. The towns are strongly linked economically. Adjacent municipalities are Sandhausen, Leimen, Nußloch, St. Leon-Rot and Reilingen. The train station, named Wiesloch-Walldorf, is located between the two towns.
A . Hallstatt culture barrows are preserved in the Hochholz woods, near the offices of SAP Deutschland. The earliest documentary mention of the settlement occurs as Waltorf in a 770 deed issued by the Abbey of Lorsch. The Electorate of the Palatinate received Walldorf as an Imperial fief in 1230. The town suffered much during the Thirty Years' War of 1618-1648, and in 1689 was completely destroyed in the course of the French invasion during Nine Years' War. The area was settled anew by religious refugees, among them the predecessors of John Jacob Astor, Waldensians from Piedmont.
German Mediatisation, Walldorf fell to Baden. In 1843 the Rheintalbahn was built: this railway decisively promoted economic development. In 1901 Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden granted Walldorf town privileges. After World War II the companies Heidelberger Druckmaschinen (founded 1850) and SAP (founded 1972; moved to Walldorf in 1977) were established in Walldorf.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2019 elections:
- CDU (Christian Democratic Union): 6 (29,03%)
- SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany): 6 (24,80%)
- FDP (Free Democratic Party): 5 (24,24%)
- Grüne (Alliance '90/The Greens): 5 (21,93%)
- Astoria, Oregon, United States, since 1963
- Kırklareli, Turkey, since 1970
- Saint-Max, France, since 1985
- Waldorf, Maryland, United States, since 2002
- Freeport, New York, United States, since 2003
The Astorhaus was built in 1854, from a pecuniary legacy of the deceased John Jacob Astor to his hometown. For decades, it served as an almshouse, and now hosts the register office and a museum.
Walldorf is known for cultivating white asparagus, which is available in the months of April through June.
Representation in other media
- British writer John Le Carré refers to the town, without naming it, in his novel Absolute Friends (2003), which is primarily set in Heidelberg.
- Joseph Anton Sambuga, theologian, born 1752 in Walldorf, died 1815 at the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich
- John Jacob Astor, entrepreneur, emigrated as a young man to the United States, where he made a fortune in fur trading and real estate acquisition: at his death in 1848, he was the wealthiest man in the nation.
- Dietmar Hopp, billionaire software entrepreneur
- Timo Jouko Herrmann, composer, musicologist and conductor
- "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.
- "Kommunalwahl 2019: Das ist der neue Gemeinderat in Walldorf". www.rnz.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-07-09.
- "Legal disclosure." SAP SE. Retrieved on 10 April 2014. "Dietmar-Hopp-Allee 16 69190 Walldorf"
- Die Synagoge in Walldorf (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis). Alemannia-judaica.de. Retrieved on 2013-07-26.
- "Dietmar Hopp". Forbes. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
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