Geislingen an der Steige

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Geislingen an der Steige
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Coordinates: 48 ° 37 '  N , 9 ° 50'  E

Basic data
State : Baden-Württemberg
Administrative region : Stuttgart
County : Goeppingen
Height : 464 m above sea level NHN
Area : 75.83 km 2
Residents: 28,122 (Dec. 31, 2018)
Population density : 371 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 73312
Primaries : 07331, 07334, 07337
License plate : GP
Community key : 08 1 17 024
City structure: 7 districts

City administration address :
Hauptstrasse 1
73312 Geislingen an der Steige
Website :
Lord Mayor : Frank Dehmer
Location of the city of Geislingen an der Steige in the district of Göppingen
Alb-Donau-Kreis Landkreis Esslingen Landkreis Heidenheim Landkreis Reutlingen Rems-Murr-Kreis Ostalbkreis Ostalbkreis Adelberg Aichelberg (Landkreis Göppingen) Albershausen Bad Boll Bad Ditzenbach Bad Überkingen Birenbach Böhmenkirch Börtlingen Deggingen Donzdorf Drackenstein Dürnau (Landkreis Göppingen) Eislingen/Fils Heiningen (Landkreis Göppingen) Ebersbach an der Fils Eschenbach (Württemberg) Eschenbach (Württemberg) Gammelshausen Geislingen an der Steige Gingen an der Fils Göppingen Gruibingen Hattenhofen (Württemberg) Heiningen (Landkreis Göppingen) Hohenstadt Kuchen (Gemeinde) Lauterstein Mühlhausen im Täle Ottenbach (Württemberg) Rechberghausen Salach Schlat Schlierbach (Württemberg) Süßen Uhingen Wäschenbeuren Wangen (bei Göppingen) Wiesensteig Zell unter Aichelbergmap
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Geislingen an der Steige is a city in Baden-Württemberg , in the southeast of the Stuttgart region, about 15 km southeast of Göppingen and 27 km northwest of Ulm . After the district town of Göppingen, it is the second largest city in the district of Göppingen and forms a central center for the surrounding communities.

Geislingen an der Steige has been a major district town since 1956 when the Baden-Württemberg municipal code came into force . Geislingen has agreed an administrative partnership with the municipalities of Bad Überkingen and Kuchen .


Geographical location

Aerial view from the north with a view of the WMF site, Geisling's old town and the Rohrachtal with the Geislinger Steige
View from the Ödenturm to Geislingen
Panorama from the ruins of Helfenstein seen from

Geislingen an der Steige is on the edge of the Middle Swabian Alb , set back behind the Albtrauf in the Fils Valley . The city and its suburb Altenstadt lies in a valley basin that was created by the meeting of different valleys. Geislingen is therefore also called the Fifth Valley City (valleys of the upper and lower Fils , Eyb , Rohrach and the Längentalbach). The Fils, which rises in the Filsursprung , enters the urban area from Bad Überkingen (Oberes Filstal) in the southwest, then turns northwest at Altenstadt and leaves it again in the direction of Kuchen (Unteres Filstal).


Geislingen is characterized by its location on the Albtrauf and thus by the White Jura of the Alb with its karst features. The city lies at the interface of significant geological-fluvial developments over the past 25 million years.

Around 24 million years ago (Upper Miocene ) a so-called Ur-Lone drained roughly along the present-day valleys of the Neckar , Fils , Rohrach and Lone, contrary to today's directions, to the south to a sea that extends as far as Westerstetten (eleven kilometers south after the Geislinger Steige) was enough (see Klifflinie ). A Ur-Fils (Hasental-Wiesensteig-Geislingen) flowed into this river system near Geislingen. Erosion of the Alb eaves to the south and increased crust bulges around eleven million years ago (Upper Miocene) separated the Ur-Lone far north of Geislingen into a southern part (Ur-Eyb, Ur-Fils, Ur-Lone) and a Rhenish Ur-Fils . The Rhenish Ur-Fils penetrated through constant receding erosion as far as Geislingen, where the Ur-Eyb and Ur-Fils were finally tapped in "geological yesterday" ( Riss Cold Age ) . Since then, Eyb and Fils have been draining north to the Neckar. As a result, the Ur-Lone valley south of Geislingen fell dry. With up to 400 meters, the Steighof - Urspring section is still a relatively wide dry valley today . Geislingen is 400 to 465 meters high, around 170 meters below the level of the Lone Valley. Progressive karstification has also caused the uppermost section of the Ur-Fils valley (the Hasental valley above the Fils source) to dry out.

For the geological developments mentioned, see Filsursprung .

The Rohrach brook, which is around eight kilometers long and rises south of Geislingen near Steighof, continues to dig the part of the Ur-Lone near Amstetten and the Vallunga due to backward erosion. The lower valley of the brook with the old town, through which the Geislinger Steige leads, and large parts of today's Geislingen basin are characterized by erosion rubble and karst-typical limestone deposits up to 20 meters thick . The prehistoric and early historical settlement concentrated on these old tufa limestone bars . The location of the old town is also shaped by it.

Protected areas

Parts of the Geislingen urban area belong to the FFH areas 7423-342 Filsalb , which has a size of 5,430 hectares and 7324-341 Eybtal near Geislingen with 1,826 hectares, as well as to the bird sanctuary 7422-441 Middle Swabian Alb , which is 39,597 hectares. Both nature reserves are in these Europe-wide significant protected areas

as well as the landscape protection areas

largely integrated.

Neighboring communities

The following cities and communities border the city of Geislingen an der Steige. They are named clockwise, starting in the east:
Gerstetten ( Heidenheim district ), Amstetten (Württemberg) and Nellingen ( Alb-Donau district ) as well as Deggingen , Bad Überkingen , Kuchen , Donzdorf and Böhmenkirch (all Göppingen district )

City structure

Radio tower Aufhausen

The urban area of ​​Geislingen consists of the core city , which also includes the municipality of Altenstadt, which was incorporated in 1912 and has now fully grown into the city center (historically, the predecessor settlement of the city) and the municipalities of Aufhausen, Eybach, Stötten and Türkheim, which were incorporated as part of the territorial reform of the 1970s , Waldhausen and Weiler ob Helfenstein , which are now referred to as city districts. Each of these city districts is also a locality within the meaning of the Baden-Württemberg municipal code , that is, they have a local council , whose members are re-elected by the local voters at each local election . The chairman of the local council is the mayor . The number of local councils is between seven and eleven, depending on the size of the village.

Some parts of the city also have additional residential districts, some of which are spatially separated, or residential areas with their own names. The Wannenhöfe belong to Aufhausen, Christofshof, Oßmannsweiler and Untere Roggenmühle with the castle stables of Roggenstein Castle in Eybach, Wittingen in Türkheim and Battenau, Hofstett am Steig and Lindenhof in Weiler ob Helfenstein. In the core city, in addition to Altenstadt, there are other residential areas with their own names, the names of which have emerged in the course of the development, but the boundaries of which are usually not defined.

Division of space

According to data from the State Statistical Office , as of 2014.

Spatial planning

Geislingen forms a middle center within the Stuttgart region , the main center of which is the city of Stuttgart . The towns and municipalities in the upper Filstal and some places on the Alb plateau belong to the central area of ​​Geislingen. In particular, these are Bad Ditzenbach , Bad Überkingen , Böhmenkirch , Deggingen , Drackenstein , Gruibingen , Hohenstadt , Kuchen , Mühlhausen im Täle and Wiesensteig .


Remains of a Merovingian grave in Kantstrasse that was largely destroyed by cable trenches, emergency salvage 1994

Until the 19th century

Geislingen an der Steige was first mentioned as Giselingen in a deed of donation from 1108 . However, this was used to describe a settlement in the Altenstadt district with a high medieval fortification and a basilica on the Lindenhof, and not today's core city. However, the basin on the edge of the Swabian Alb had been inhabited since the late Bronze Age at the latest. Several grave fields and settlement sites are known from the Merovingian period . Individual finds indicate that there were also noticeably richly furnished graves that point to stately structures. This may be related to the geographic traffic situation on an ascent of the Alb .

This situation was probably also decisive for the fact that the Counts of Helfenstein founded a city there at the beginning of the 13th century, which controlled the important trade route from the Rhine to the Mediterranean in the narrow Rohrach valley . Helfenstein Castle was above the town . The core city was soon expanded with two suburbs. The old settlement "Altenstadt" developed in parallel and remained an independent municipality, which was only united with the city of Geislingen in 1912.
see also Hoheneybach Castle , Türkheim Castle

Geislingen, copper engraving by Merian, around 1650

Between 1396 and 1802 Geislingen belonged to the Free Imperial City of Ulm and from 1500 also to the Swabian Imperial Circle . In 1803 the city fell to the Kingdom of Bavaria as a result of the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss and was exchanged with Württemberg in 1810 . After that, Geislingen was the seat of an upper office .

Geislingen with Helfenstein Castle around 1840 after a drawing by E. Mauch

On June 29, 1850, the Geislinger Steige and the continuation of the Ostbahn to Ulm, the last section of the first continuous line of the Württemberg Railway from Heilbronn to Friedrichshafen was opened to traffic. Geislingen's industrialization began.

20th and 21st centuries

During the district reform in 1938, the Geislingen Regional Office was dissolved. The area came mainly to the district of Göppingen. During the district reform in 1973, nothing changed in this regard, but the city was able to incorporate some neighboring communities as part of the regional reform and thus achieved its current expansion in 1975.

In 1941 there was a protest by the Geislingen women against the takeover of their kindergarten, which until then had been looked after by Vincentians , by the National Socialist People's Welfare . Around 200 women protested, including many women who had no children in kindergarten. Some women were arrested and the protest was initially unsuccessful. But until the end of the war, the women no longer sent their children to the kindergarten, which continued for almost four years with NSV nurses and only ten children. This protest was called the Geislinger women battle .

In July 1944, a subcamp of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp was set up, of which 1000 mostly Jewish Hungarians were used for forced labor for the Württembergische Metallwaren-Fabrik (WMF) company. At least twelve of them did not survive the grueling working conditions. A camp barrack can still be seen at Karl-Benz-Straße 13 .

In 1946 the population exceeded the limit of 20,000; In 1948 Geislingen was declared an immediate district town and when the Baden-Württemberg municipal code came into effect on April 1, 1956, it was declared a major district town .

In 1948 the city took over the sponsorship of South Moravia and thus took on the displaced persons from this region. Since then, the federal meetings of the South Moravians have been held in Geislingen-Altenstadt every year on the first weekend of the summer vacation. In 1950, the Ostlandkreuz, visible from afar, was erected south of the city on the sentinel. It is a reminder of the suffering that the German population, who once lived in Bohemia and Moravia, suffered when they were expelled. In 1992 and 2003 it was renewed and provided with a lighting system.

The city's cramped location in the valley means that traditional businesses are relocating due to the lack of expansion options.


Rectory, in the background the Ödenturm
Geislingen, church, drawing by Margret Hofheinz-Döring, 1978
Aufhausen, drawing by Margret Hofheinz-Döring, 1978

Originally the population of Geislingen belonged to the Diocese of Konstanz and was the Archidiakonat about alps , Land Chapter Siezzen (Sweet) assumed. In 1531 the Reformation was introduced by the imperial city of Ulm, to which the city belonged at that time , so Geislingen was a predominantly Protestant city for centuries. The Ulm superintendent was responsible for church affairs . The community in Geislingen celebrates its services in the former Church of Our Lady, which was built in 1424/28 as a three-aisled pillar basilica. After the city changed to Württemberg at the beginning of the 19th century, this church was the seat of a deanery . In Altenstadt on the Lindenhof there was also a church (St. Michael), most of which had to be demolished in 1582 because of dilapidation. Parts were rebuilt as a rectory. After the demolition of the St. Michael church, the Martinskirche became the new parish church. This was built in the 13th century (there was an older previous church). Martinskirche burned down in 1634, was rebuilt in 1659/61, demolished in 1904 and then rebuilt again. In addition to these two parish churches, other churches were built and new parishes founded in the 20th century. The Paulus congregation (church from 1956) and the Markus congregation (church from 1985) emerged. The four parishes of the core town together with the parish of Weiler ob Helfenstein (Margaret Church with a Gothic core and multiple changes) make up the Evangelical Church Community of Geislingen. The Reformation was also introduced in the other districts of Aufhausen, Stötten, Türkheim and Waldhausen as a result of their early membership in the imperial city of Ulm. That is why there is a Protestant parish and a separate church in each of these districts. Eybach belonged to the Counts of Degenfeld and was given as a fief to the Ellwangen Monastery , so the place initially remained Catholic. In 1607, the local rulers tried to introduce the Reformation, but could not prevail. Nevertheless, a Protestant parish was established in 1608. The services took place in the Catholic parish church of the Assumption from the 15th century, which has been used simultaneously since then. It was not until 1968 that the Protestant congregation built the Christ Church. All Protestant parishes in the Geislingen city area belong to the deanery or church district Geislingen an der Steige within the Evangelical Church in Württemberg . There is also a Liebenzell community in Geislingen .

Catholics have only been around in Geislingen since the 19th century. A parish of their own was established for them in 1866 and the Church of St. Sebastian was built. She initially belonged to the Deggingen deanery. In 1909 a Catholic Church of St. Mary was built in Altenstadt and in 1919 it was made a parish. In 1961 Geislingen became the seat of its own Catholic deanery when the deanery Deggingen was divided. In 1969 the third Catholic church in Geislingen, St. Johannes Baptist, was built and made a parish in 1975. The St. Sebastian parish also looks after the Catholics from Aufhausen, Türkheim and Weiler ob Helfenstein, the St. Johannes Baptist parish the Catholics in Stötten. The Catholic parish of the Assumption of Mary in Eybach has a long tradition (see above). The community also looks after the Catholics in Waldhausen. All four Catholic parishes in the Geislingen city area now form pastoral care unit 3 of the Geislingen deanery within the Rottenburg-Stuttgart diocese .

In addition to the two large churches, there are also free churches and congregations in Geislingen , including the United Methodist Church , the Evangelical Free Church Congregation ( Baptists ) and the popular mission of determined Christians . The New Apostolic Church is also represented in Geislingen.

Islam is also present in Geislingen today, primarily through immigration from Muslim countries, especially from Turkey . There are two mosques , the Geislingen Camii and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Camii .


The following communities were incorporated into Geislingen an der Steige:

  • 1912: Altenstadt
  • January 1, 1966: Hamlet above Helfenstein
  • January 1, 1971: Türkheim
  • January 1, 1972: Stötten
  • March 1, 1972: Waldhausen
  • December 31, 1972: Eybach
  • January 1, 1975: Aufhausen
Türkheim (Alb)
Türkheim (Alb)
Hamlet above Helfenstein
Hamlet above Helfenstein

Population development

Presumably as early as the 8th century the Geislingen basin had reached a population density that was at the limit of agricultural productivity.

The population figures according to the respective territorial status are estimates, census results (¹) or official updates from the respective statistical offices (only main residences ).

Geislingen's population pyramid
Population development of Geislingen from 1768 to 2015
year Residents
1768 1,541
1786 1,600
1823 2,075
1843 2,257
1855 2,560
1861 2,902
December 1, 1871 3,334
December 1, 1880¹ 3,902
December 1, 1890¹ 5,722
December 1, 1900 ¹ 7,050
December 1, 1910¹ 8,674
June 16, 1925 ¹ 13,762
June 16, 1933 ¹ 14,439
May 17, 1939 ¹ 17,478
year Residents
1946 20,478
September 13, 1950 ¹ 22,699
June 6, 1961 ¹ 26,169
May 27, 1970 ¹ 27,662
December 31, 1975 28,693
December 31, 1980 27,344
May 27, 1987 ¹ 25,980
December 31, 1990 26,993
December 31, 1995 28,429
December 31, 2000 27,947
December 31, 2005 28,737
December 31, 2010 26,841
December 31, 2015 27,168

¹ census result



At the head of the town of Geislingen stood the knightly bailiff , who was assisted by a caretaker , in Ulmian times . In 1636, both offices were united under a senior bailiff. After the transition to Württemberg, the mayor had been called "Stadtschultheiß" since 1819 , and mayor since 1930 , and when it was raised to the status of a district town in 1948, the official title was lord mayor . Today the mayor is directly elected by the electorate for a period of eight years. He is chairman of the municipal council. Three general deputies of the Lord Mayor are elected from among the local council.

Town hall in the main street

City leaders since 1819

  • 1819–1824: Johann Friedrich Knoll
  • 1824–1847: Karl Friedrich Müller
  • 1848–1854: Michael Häberlen
  • 1854–1877: Johann Georg Fahr
  • 1877–1893: Gustav Adolf Wilhelm Wolf
  • 1893–1910: Ehrenreich Vöhringer
  • 1910–1915: Robert Leube
  • 1915–1919: Wilhelm Höfer, official administrator
  • 1919–1929: Edmund Harrer
  • 1930–1938: Emil Schlunck
  • 1938–1943: Emil Schwarz
  • 1943–1945: Andreas Schauz, official administrator
  • 1945: Friedrich Wilhelm Erbacher
  • 1945–1946: Ernst Reichle
  • 1946–1948: Friedrich-Karl von Siebold
  • 1948–1949: Hermann Reihling
  • 1949–1950: Karl Kienle, official administrator
  • 1950–1951: Alfred Allgaier
  • 1951–1952: Georg Nagel, official administrator
  • 1952–1962: Erich Klotz
  • 1962–1990: Helmut von Au
  • 1990–1998: Martin Bauch
  • 1998–2014: Wolfgang Amann
  • since 2014: Frank Dehmer

Municipal council

The local council in Geislingen has 22 members. The local elections on May 26, 2019 led to the following final result. The municipal council consists of the elected voluntary councilors and the mayor as chairman. The mayor is entitled to vote in the municipal council.

Parties and constituencies %
Local elections 2019
n. k.
n. k.
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
-8.46  % p
+1.83  % p
-3.12  % p.p.
+ 2.61  % p
+ 8.02  % p
+ 6.60  % p
-6.68  % p
-0.8  % p
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 27.40 6th 35.86 8th
FW Free voters Geislingen e. V. 23.22 5 21.39 5
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 17.33 4th 20.45 5
Green Alliance 90 / The Greens 17.43 4th 14.82 3
PG Perspective Geislingen 8.02 2 - -
OLG Open list Geislingen 6.60 1 - -
LEFT The left - - 6.68 1
JW Young voters Geislingen - - 0.80 0
total 100 22nd 100 22nd
voter turnout 47.56% 42.74%

All municipal councils in the city are represented in the transparency portal There every citizen can publicly ask questions to the elected local politicians.

Youth Council

Since 1994 there has been a youth community council (JGR) in Geislingen , which is a permanent local politically and democratically legitimized representation of the Geislingen youth. The youth council comprises three representatives from the general education schools, a total of 24.

The statute of the youth council says: “The youth council in Geislingen aims to represent the interests of young people in the city towards the council, city administration and the public. With the youth council, young people are to be integrated into democratic structures against political disaffection. The youth council wants to promote communication between young people and adults. "

Elections for the youth council take place every year at the Geislingen schools.

coat of arms

The coat of arms of Gaislingen from Johann Siebmacher's coat of arms book from 1605

The coat of arms of Geislingen shows a shield divided by black and silver, covered with a five-petalled, golden inseminated red rose with green sepals . The city flag is black and white.

In 1367, Count Ulrich von Helfenstein stipulated in a town code that the town seal should receive its full coat of arms. This seal was retained for some time after Geislingen was sold to the imperial city of Ulm in 1396 . In 1422, the divided shield of the city of Ulm can be identified in the seal for the first time. It cannot be said with certainty whether the rose was already present in the badly preserved seal impression. The city colors black and white were first mentioned in a rifle book in 1557.

Town twinning

Geislingen maintains since 1990 with Bischofswerda in Saxony and since 1993 with Montceau-les-Mines in France , a city partnership . Since 1971 there has been a student exchange between the two cities, which is the basis for the city partnership.


Economy and Infrastructure

City side of the train station, drawing from around 1848


The city is on the federal highways B 10 ( Lebach - Augsburg ) and B 466 (to Mühlhausen im Täle ).

Geislingen lies on the Filstalbahn from Stuttgart to Ulm, which opened in 1847 . The station Geislingen (Steige) each hour of regional train - and regional express trains on to Stuttgart , Plochingen and Ulm served. In addition to the Geislingen train station, which is referred to as the main train station in bus traffic, there is also the Geislingen West station. From 1903 to 1981 Geislingen was the starting point for the Tälesbahn , a branch line to Wiesensteig. The Royal Württemberg State Railways built for the station building in Geislingen-Altenstadt as unit Station type IIb. The section to Geislingen-Altenstadt remained in operation until 2002.

In the urban area, numerous bus routes from the Filsland mobility network primarily supply local public transport ( ÖPNV ). Geislingen has a central bus station (ZOB), right next to the main train station.


In Geislingen an der Steige, the daily newspaper “Geislinger Zeitung” appears. It is a local edition of the Südwestpresse Ulm. Georg Maurer took over the messenger from Filsthale in 1856 . In 1884 the messenger was renamed Geislinger Zeitung . In 1892 it became a daily newspaper with six issues a week. The GZ remains inextricably linked with the Maurer publishing and printing family.

The transmitter Geislingen an der Steige auf dem Tegelberg is a radio broadcaster that supplies the Geislingen region with VHF programs.

Authorities, courts and institutions

In Geislingen an der Steige there are branch offices of the District Office and the Göppingen Tax Office as well as several district notaries' offices. The city also has a district court that belongs to the regional court district of Ulm and the OLG district of Stuttgart .

The district of Göppingen maintains one of its two district hospitals , the Helfenstein Clinic , which are combined to form the Alb Fils Clinics .

The city is also the seat of the Geislingen church district of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg and the Geislingen deanery of the Rottenburg-Stuttgart diocese .


Geislingen an der Steige has four grammar schools , the Helfenstein grammar school, the Michelberg grammar school as well as a business grammar school and a social science grammar school (the school is run by the district of Göppingen), two secondary schools , the Daniel Straub secondary school and the Schubart secondary school, two special schools ( Pestalozzi School, Bodelschwingh School), a Waldorf school , three primary and secondary schools with Werkrealschule (Lindenschule, Tegelbergschule and Uhlandschule) and three independent primary schools (Albert Einstein School, Aufhausen Primary School and Eybach Primary School). The Michelberg-Gymnasium was ecologically renovated in 2016, mistakes were made that led to a part of the building being closed at the beginning of 2020 due to the risk of collapse. Serious violations of fire safety regulations were also discovered. A redevelopment of the redevelopment or a demolition and new building would lead the city of Geislingen into over-indebtedness.

Geislingen is the location of the Faculty of Economics and Law at the Nürtingen-Geislingen University of Economics and Environment (HfWU) with the bachelor's degrees in automotive, energy and resource management, health and tourism management, real estate, commercial law and sustainable product management. In addition, the master’s degree courses in automotive management, real estate management, corporate management as well as corporate restructuring and insolvency management are offered at the location. Geislingen students are allowed to use the WMF company canteen, as Geislingen does not have its own cafeteria.

The district of Göppingen is responsible for the three vocational schools (Emil-von-Behring-Schule - home economics school, industrial school and commercial school) and the Bodelschwingh school for the mentally handicapped.

Established businesses

The Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF) is the best-known and largest company. Other well-known companies are z. B. ULO vehicle lights ( Odelo GmbH ) and Schlötter Galvanotechnik .

In Geislingen there is still one brewery out of the previous six: the Kaiser-Brauerei Geislingen / Steige W.Kumpf . The Uhland brewery, the Pflug brewery and the Adler brewery Götz, which existed since 1686 and can therefore look back on more than 300 years of brewing tradition, are now history.


When building the new Stuttgart – Ulm railway line over the Geislinger Steige, the construction workers came across an iron ore seam in 1846. Between 1857 and 1885, iron ore was mined in the "König Karl" mine established there. In 1936 the Karl mine was put back into operation. During the Second World War, the promotion was stopped again briefly. After the war, ore was mined again until the mine was finally closed in 1963.

Culture and sights


  • Museum in the "old building" with the South German treasure chest museum
  • "Rotkreuz-Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg".
  • Museum of the South Moravian Landscape Council


  • Memorial stones in the city ​​park opposite Gate 1 of the WMF have been remembering the victims among the concentration camp prisoners in the subcamp of the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp since 1984 . The victims of Nazi forced labor are also commemorated at the Heiligenäcker cemetery .
  • A memorial plaque and a column are attached to the town church, which are intended to commemorate the victims of the community from the First and Second World Wars .


The city of Geislingen is responsible for the Geislingen City Library , also known as the City Library in the MAG. This offers 43,000 media and digital media within the framework of the inter-municipal cooperation online library 24/7.


Evangelical town church

The old building from 1445 is one of the largest half-timbered houses in Germany. It houses the local history museum (with treasure chest museum, model of the Geislinger Steige) and the municipal gallery with changing exhibitions of regional artists.

The Evangelical City Church with its 63 meter high tower was built between 1424 and 1428.

Next to the town church is the former St. Francis chaplain building, a two-story half-timbered house with four gable projections that is now plastered. It is located on a stone basement with a chamfered corner and was built in 1565. In 1612 the building was largely rebuilt and around or after 1850 a thorough renovation of the half-timbered part followed by plastering. On the building there is an elaborate commemorative relief from the late 19th century to Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart , who taught in this school building from 1763 to 69. Today the two-group Evangelical Oberlin Kindergarten is housed there.

Other churches in Geislingen are the Evangelical Pauluskirche from 1956, the Evangelical Martinskirche Altenstadt from 1904 and the Evangelical Markuskirche. Catholic churches are St. Sebastian from 1866, St. Maria Altenstadt from 1909 with the Klemens Maria Hofbauer memorial and St. Johannes Baptist from 1969/70.

The engineering structures on the Stuttgart-Ulm railway line (Filstalbahn, Albaufstieg / Geislinger Steige ) also shape the cityscape .

Trout fountain next to the old town hall
Helfenstein castle ruins
Wasteland tower

In the old town area, especially in the rear areas, there are several late medieval half-timbered buildings. The buildings along the main street had been given classicist facades. Examples of Alemannic timber construction can still be considered today: the old customs (from 1495) as the residence of the customs officials and as a fruit box , directly opposite the old town hall (from 1422, later rebuilt several times), the community center (built from 1453 to 1456) and the rectory next to the town church. The cellars of the buildings along the main street are also interesting. Many of these old cellars are interconnected.

The trout fountain , which was created by Gernot Rumpf in 1981/1982, is located in the pedestrian zone in the main street between the old town hall and the old customs . It should serve as a connecting element between old buildings and the modern city. The elephant is supposed to refer to Count von Helfenstein - the founder of the city - and his heraldic animal and the theme of the fountain to the trout poem by Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart.

Other sights outside are the Ödenturm , one of the city's landmarks, the Ostlandkreuz , which can be seen from afar , the Helfenstein castle ruins and the forest nature trail that leads there.

The radio tower Aufhausen of the police department Baden-Württemberg is in the Aufhausen district. In Oberböhringen (municipality of Bad Überkingen ), west of Geislingen, is the Oberböhringen transmitter for FM and TV of the SWR.

The salt warehouse of the Geislingen road maintenance depot on the B 10 has received several awards for its architecture.

Natural monuments

To the east of Geislingen, on the plateau of the Swabian Alb, lies the Battenau, a karst depression on the watershed between the catchment areas of the Rhine and Danube .


The local group Eybach of the Swabian Alb Association was awarded the Eichendorff plaque in 2002. The local group also operates the Eybacher Hütte .


There are several sports clubs in Geislingen. In addition to classic gymnastics clubs, handball and soccer also play a role. The largest sports clubs in Geislingen are TV Altenstadt, TG Geislingen, SC Geislingen, SV Altenstadt (Glück Auf) and TKSV.

The Altenstadt gymnastics club is one of the largest clubs in the Göppingen district. The handball department of the TVA is characterized by continuous youth work and close cooperation with schools and the community. In addition to around 30 departments and groups, the TVA also has its own children's sports school (KISS).

The SC Geislingen (SCG) is the second largest sports club in Geislingen and has 16 departments. The football department is outstanding, with some successes in the DFB Cup, among others . As the current WFV Cup winner, on September 1, 1984, she beat Hamburger SV , who won the European Cup last year , 2-0 in the first round , and reached the second round. Furthermore, the club has a successful youth work and later produced Bundesliga and national players, including the former national coach Jürgen Klinsmann , Karl and Ralf Allgöwer , Klaus Perfetto , Rolf Baumann , Andreas Buck , Kai Oswald , Rüdiger Kauf , all either in one The youth or active team of the sports club played. The team has been playing in the Württemberg State League since the 2011/2012 season .

Distant view to the Alps

The Geislingen suburbs Aufhausen and Stötten offer exposed vantage points due to their altitude. In favorable weather conditions (5 to 10 days a year, the best time is January), the Alpine chain can be seen from Stötten over a length of up to 200 kilometers. The view extends up to 220 kilometers, from the Karwendel in the east to the three thousand meter peaks of Switzerland in the west (Tödi 3620 m), in the south to individual peaks of the Silvretta (Fluchthorn 3399 m). At least six three-thousand-meter peaks can be discovered.

Alpine panorama from Geislingen-Stötten


The map sheet 1: 50000 L7324, Geislingen an der Steige, made the place particularly well known in the geographic institutes of German universities. In the subject "map reading" the paper belongs to the impressive Malm - Escarpment through the disclosures (eg from Hellmuth Schroeder-lance 1978th) to the best known.

Regular events

The Geislingen Children's Festival takes place annually on the Monday after Jakobi (July 25th). The children's festival, which emerged from a parish fair, has a tradition that extends into the 15th century. The festival begins with a procession through the city. Games for children determine the picture of the day. The festival ends with the "Stäffelespredigt" in front of the town church. The children's festival is now celebrated as the final part of the four-day city ​​festival (Friday – Monday). Every day there are gastronomic and musical offers, Sunday is celebrated as “Youth Day”.


Honorary citizen

The city of Geislingen an der Steige has granted the following people honorary citizenship:

  • 1823: Councilor Seeger
  • 1844: Jakob Friedrich Zeh , senior administrator
  • 1910: Carl Haegele, Councilor of Commerce
  • 1926: Hugo Fahr, Councilor of Commerce
  • 1951: Georg Burkhardt, Director of Studies
  • 1962: Arthur Burkhardt , chairman of the board of the Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik WMF
  • 1990: Heinrich Reinemer, local councilor and editor-in-chief of Geislinger Zeitung
  • 1991: Anton Ilg , MdL and local council
  • 2007: Eduard Mändle , former rector of the HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen

Honorary citizen of the former community of Waldhausen:

sons and daughters of the town

Other personalities

The Schubart schoolhouse, where Schubart taught from 1763 to 1769
  • Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart (1739–1791) lived in Geislingen from 1763 to 1769.
  • Wolfgang Thomas Rau (1721–1772) was a medical officer in Geislingen from 1747 to 1772.
  • Jürgen Klinsmann (* 1964) grew up in nearby Gingen and learned to play football as a child and teenager at the Geislingen sports club . He was there from 1974 to 1978 (between the ages of 10 and 14). With his team he was a 14-year-old center forward and captain in 1978 C-youth district champion.


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Web links

Commons : Geislingen an der Steige  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office Baden-Württemberg - Population by nationality and gender on December 31, 2018 (CSV file) ( help on this ).
  2. State Statistical Office, area since 1988 according to actual use for Geislingen an der Steige.
  3. Kley / Schreg 1992.
  4. Annegret Hägele: The "Geislinger Weiberschlacht" 1941. Women in revolt against the Nazi kindergarten policy . Geislingen 2011, ISBN 978-3-89376-147-0 .
  5. Memorial sites for the victims of National Socialism. A documentation. Volume I, Bonn 1995, ISBN 3-89331-208-0 , p. 38.
  6. cf. Julius Schall: Contributions to the history of the Simultankirche in Eybach . In: Blätter für Wuerttemberg Church History , NF, 3rd year 1899, pp. 52–62 ( digitized version )
  7. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 448 .
  8. a b c Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 449 .
  9. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 462 .
  10. Election information for the municipal data center
  11. Geislingen an der Steige
  12. ^ Rainer Stein: The Württemberg standard station on branch lines . In: Eisenbahn-Journal Württemberg-Report . tape 1 , no. V / 96 . Merker, Fürstenfeldbruck 1996, ISBN 3-922404-96-0 , p. 80-83 .
  13. FAZ, Even worse than Berlin's breakdown airport , February 16, 2020.
  15. Eckart Roloff and Karin Henke-Wendt: A birthday present: the first Red Cross State Museum in Germany. (Rotkreuz-Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg) In: Visit your doctor or pharmacist. A tour through Germany's museums for medicine and pharmacy. Volume 2, Southern Germany. Verlag S. Hirzel, Stuttgart 2015, pp. 41–42, ISBN 978-3-7776-2511-9
  16. a b Witnesses to the history of the city ​​tour on
  17. Eichendorff badge 2002 in Blätter des Schwäbischen Albverein, issue 2/2003, p. 33
  18. Hartmut Gruber: The Geislinger Kinderfest - one of the oldest city festivals in southwest Germany since 1428 , in: apud giselingen , ISSN  2198-0950 , June 10, 2013