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Coat of arms of Heidelberg
district of Heidelberg
Location of the Pfaffengrund district in Heidelberg
Coordinates 49 ° 24 '8 "  N , 8 ° 38' 50"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 24 '8 "  N , 8 ° 38' 50"  E
surface 3.51 km²
Residents 7479 (2010)
Population density 2131 inhabitants / km²
District number 008
  • Pfaffengrund-Süd (008 1 and 008 3)
  • Pfaffengrund-North (008 2)
Source: City of Heidelberg (PDF; 113 kB)

The Pfaffengrund ( listen ? / I ) is a district in the west of Heidelberg , which consists of the residential area in the south and the industrial area in the north. Typical of the Pfaffengrund, in addition to the predominantly cooperative housing construction, is the high proportion of green space, which no other district of Heidelberg can match. Audio file / audio sample

The first residential buildings were built on “Pfaffengrundstraße” around 1920, and from there the Pfaffengrund grew up to today's A5 , which also marks the border with Eppelheim .


Typical row of houses in Pfaffengrund
See also: History of Heidelberg

The Pfaffengrund was built in the 1920s as a cooperative residential area for the workers in the style of a garden city .

Before 1920 the area of ​​what is now the Pfaffengrund district was pure arable land. Prehistoric and early historical finds have not yet been made in the area of ​​the Pfaffengrund. Occurrences of gravel indicate that the Neckar must have flowed through the area at times in primeval times.

The name of the Pfaffengrund is derived from the field name known since the Middle Ages , the origin of which is unclear. Church ownership played a rather below average role. Today's Pfaffengrund district includes not only the Pfaffengrund district, but also a number of other Gewanne whose names, which also go back to the Middle Ages, were largely adopted in street names, e.g. B. Im Schnepfengrund, Im Roßgraben, Im Buschgewann, Im Winkel, Im Heimgarten, Im Entenlach, Obere and Untere Rödt (= clearing).

  • April 14, 1919 The Heidelberg Citizens' Committee decides to leave the settlement area in Gewann Pfaffengrund, which the city had bought for this purpose, to the building cooperative (today “BG Neu-Heidelberg”) for development.
  • June 1920 first apartments are occupied
  • September 12, 1920 The Pfaffengrund settlement is officially inaugurated
  • September 15, 1922 Completion of the (old) society house in Storchenweg
  • 1922 Foundation of the Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Brigade, Pfaffengrund department
  • 1924 Pfaffengrund volunteer fire brigade receives its first fire station
  • April 22, 1926 Inauguration of the school building (today's Stauffenberg School)
  • September 20, 1940 An aerial bomb was dropped over the Pfaffengrund
  • March 31, 1949 Founding of the Kultur-Kartell Heidelberg-Pfaffengrund
  • March 3rd – 5th September 1949 1st big Pfaffengrunder "Siedlerfest"
  • 1964 Inauguration of the Albert Schweitzer School
  • 1971 Completion of the Catholic parish hall in Marktstrasse
  • October 10, 1987 Relocation of the Pfaffengrund volunteer fire brigade to the new fire station on Schulplatz
  • 1989 Inauguration of Anton-Klausmann-Platz
  • June 15, 1996 Inauguration of the new community center and youth center “Röhre” in Schwalbenweg
  • June 5, 1998 Inauguration of the “Christian Stock” residential complex with Pfaffengrund senior center
  • September 18, 1998 Inauguration of the Pfaffengrund cemetery
  • November 28, 2015 Relocation of the Pfaffengrund volunteer fire brigade to the new fire station with exercise tower on Eppelheimer Strasse

Stages of development

  • 1920 For the inauguration of the district there are 103 single-family houses between Oberer and Unterer Rödt, Starenweg and Pfaffengrundstraße
  • 1921 In a second construction phase, 71 houses are built around the market square with a first shop and the police station
  • 1926 1,700 inhabitants
  • 1928 Expansion: The development is limited by Schützenstraße, Eppelheimer Straße, Schwanenweg and the railway line (today's “Pensionner-” or Menger-Weg) the eastern limit of the development.
  • 1932 The settlement is built around 100 houses in Lerchenweg, Im Schaffner, Krähenweg and Kranichweg from Eppelheimer Straße to Schwalbenweg and Schwalbenweg and Schützenstraße from Kranichweg to the motorway.
  • 1934 Another 50 houses are built on Schützenstrasse, Schwalbenweg and Kranichweg from Oberen Rödt
  • Maximum: 11,000 inhabitants including 1,200 children
  • Today: approx. 8,000 inhabitants

Culture and public life

For many decades, the identification symbol of the Pfaffengrund was the large gas storage facility known as the “gas boiler” on the site of the Heidelberg municipal utility , which was dismantled in the 1980s.

Since then, a sentry box in the Electorate of the Palatinate, which is said to have originally belonged to Heidelberg's city gate "Mannheimer Tor" and which was set up in the Pfaffengrund district as a shelter for the field guard before the development of the district in the Pfaffengrund district, has occupied this place. It was renovated and installed in 1989 on the newly designed Anton-Klausmann-Platz.


Stauffenberg School
  • Albert Schweitzer School
  • Stauffenberg School
  • Graf von Galen School
  • since 2010: Primary school of the Ev. Elisabeth von Thadden School (Wieblingen)


  • Catholic parish of St. Marien (pastoral care unit together with St. Joseph / Eppelheim and St. Bartholomäus / HD-Wieblingen)
  • Evangelical Emmaus Congregation
  • New Apostolic Congregation Heidelberg-Pfaffengrund

Other structures

Regular festivals

  • Pfaffengrunder Siedlerfest - 2nd weekend in September on the square at Graf-von-Galen-Schule in Schwalbenweg
  • Pfaffengrund Street Festival - at the end of June in Richard-Drach-Straße and on the school square (until 2006)
  • Pfaffengrunder Brunnenfest - at the end of June in the front part of Richard-Drach-Straße and on the school square (since 2007)
  • Summer train - always on the Sunday after Easter
  • Martin's Parade - early November
  • Opening of the carnival season on Sunday 11.11. on the Anton-Klausmann-Platz


Pfaffengrund-Wieblingen S-Bahn station

The Pfaffengrund offers good national connections via the nearby A 5 and A 656 and to the center of the city via Eppelheimer Straße and Speyerer Straße.

On the part of the public transport, the tram line 22 must be mentioned, which leads from Bismarckplatz in the Heidelberg center to Eppelheim and has several stops in Pfaffengrund. In addition, the Pfaffengrund is accessed by bus line 34. Since (in 2003) the S-Bahn-Rhein-Neckar started operations, the Pfaffengrund also has an S-Bahn stop, together with Wieblingen .


  • Anton Klausmann (October 15, 1899 - April 11, 1973) (first Catholic pastor in Pfaffengrund)
  • Josef Amann (1879–1971) (mayor, city councilor, honorary citizen)
  • Heinrich Menger † 1987 (City Councilor)
  • Ferdinand von Seggern † 1945 (caretaker of the parish hall)
  • Volker Schmidt (Author)
  • Moritz Eggert (* 1965), composer, lived in Pfaffengrund from 1965 to 1975
  • Karl-Horst Möhl (1949–2009), editor, caricaturist and author


The Pfaffengrund district advisory board is composed as follows:

Party / list 2019
SPD 4th
Green 3
The party 1
The left 1
"The Heidelberg" 1
AfD 1


  • Pfaffengrunder Anzeiger, various years especially issue September 1985
  • Herbert Derwein : The field names of Heidelberg

Web links

Commons : Pfaffengrund  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ City of Heidelberg - District Advisory Council Pfaffengrund. Retrieved December 12, 2019 .