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Coordinates: 48 ° 53 '  N , 9 ° 32'  E

Basic data
State : Baden-Württemberg
Administrative region : Stuttgart
County : Rems-Murr district
Height : 279 m above sea level NHN
Area : 39.37 km 2
Residents: 11,382 (Dec 31, 2018)
Population density : 289 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 73635
Area code : 07183
License plate : WN, BK
Community key : 08 1 19 061
Address of the
municipal administration:
Backnanger Strasse 26
73635 Rudersberg
Website :
Mayor : Raimon Ahrens
Location of the municipality of Rudersberg in the Rems-Murr district
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Aerial view of Rudersberg

Rudersberg is a municipality in the Rems-Murr district in Baden-Württemberg .


Geographical location

Rudersberg is located on the western edge of the Welzheimer Forest in the Wieslauftal at an altitude of 270 to 536 meters between Schorndorf and Backnang . The municipality has a share in the natural areas of Schurwald and Welzheimer Wald , Swabian-Franconian Forest Mountains and Neckar Basin .

Community structure

The municipality of Rudersberg includes 29 separately located villages, hamlets, farms and houses as well as some desert areas , which are assigned to the former municipalities before the Baden-Württemberg regional reform of the 1970s as follows .

  • The village of Asperglen, the village of Krehwinkel and the hamlet of Necklinsberg belong to the former municipality of Asperglen .
  • The villages of Rudersberg, Klaffenbach, Mannenberg, Oberndorf and Zumhof, the hamlets of Königsbronnhof, Steinbach and Waldenstein, the farms of Birkenberg, Burghöfle, Buschhöfle, Edelmannshof, Grauhaldenhof, Kirchenacker, Kirschhaldenhof, Schafhaus, belong to the municipality of Rudersberg in the territorial status before the territorial reform of the 1970s. Schloßhöfle and Seelach and the residential areas Sauerhöfle and Strümpfelhof as well as the abandoned communities Commenthurhof, which may have belonged to Rodmannsweiler, Hofstatt, Hofstetten, Ödin and Rodmannsweiler.
  • The former community of Schlechtbach includes the village of Unterschlechtbach, the districts of Mittelschlechtbach and Oberschlechtbach, the hamlets of Lindental and Michelau, the Kirschenwasenhof farmstead and the hamlet of Weiler.
  • The village of Steinenberg and the hamlets of Obersteinenberg and Steinbruck belong to the former municipality of Steinenberg , although these were assigned to the city of Welzheim after the municipal reform .

In Rudersberg the municipal council is elected according to the procedure of the false suburbs . For this purpose, the twelve districts named in the main statute form eleven residential districts within the meaning of the Baden-Württemberg municipal code :

  • Rudersberg with Seelach and Königsbronnhof ( residential district I ),
  • Oberndorf with Burghöfle, Buschhöfle, Grauhaldenhof, Schafhaus and Schloßhöfle ( residential district II ),
  • Klaffenbach with Steinbach and Sauerhöfle ( residential district III ),
  • Mannenberg with Berghäusle ( residential district IV );
  • Zumhof with Waldenstein and Edelmannshof ( residential district V ),
  • Asperglen and Krehwinkel ( residential district VI ),
  • Necklinsberg ( residential district VII ),
  • Steinenberg ( residential district VIII ),
  • Schlechtbach with Kirschenwasenhof ( residential district XI ),
  • Michelau (residential district X) and
  • Lindental ( residential district XI ).

Old coats of arms of the districts

Division of space

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

Neighboring communities

Rudersberg borders (clockwise) on the communities Allmersbach im Tal , Weissach im Tal , Althütte , Kaisersbach , Welzheim , Schorndorf and Berglen .


Rudersberg 1686 in the Kieser forest inventory book

The first documentary mention of Rudersberg in a document from Pope Innocent IV comes from the year 1245.

Schlechtbach was mentioned in 1298 as Minneslechbach when part of a yard was handed over to the Adelberg monastery . Diepoldus de Slechbach , a follower of Emperor Friedrich I , was mentioned as early as 1181 .

Steinenberg was first mentioned in a document in 1234.

The villages of Asperglen and Krehwinkel were in 1411 as part of a transfer of property from Count Eberhard III of Württemberg . mentioned to Georg von Urbach.

The district of Michelau is located on the southern border of the municipality as the "gateway to the municipality of Rudersberg" and was first mentioned in 1284 in a document from Konrad von Waldenstein. This Konrad von Waldenstein was a servant at the imperial court and promised an Albert von Michenlowe that he would no longer contest the Lorch monastery because of a property in the village. The name Michelau comes from the old German and means "Hof in der Au". In 1821 Michelau was assigned to the church and school of the then Steinenberg community. In terms of local politics, however, the place belonged to Unterschlechtbach. A grinding mill and an oil mill were located in Michelau. These mills were driven by a 2.5 km long mill stream, the water of which was taken from the Wieslauf. The oil mill now serves as a museum.

Until 1910, viticulture was practiced in the villages that are now part of Rudersberg. Because the phylloxera destroyed all of the vines , they switched to fruit growing. The largest contiguous orchards in the region are located in the municipality , which makes Rudersberg the municipality with the relatively highest proportion of orchards in Germany.

When the Kingdom of Württemberg was established in 1806, Rudersberg was in the Oberamt Schorndorf . In 1807 it was reclassified to the neighboring Oberamt Welzheim . In 1905, when the Wieslauftalbahn was built, Rudersberg was connected to the railway network of the Württemberg State Railways .

During the regional reform during the Nazi era in Württemberg , Rudersberg was assigned to the Waiblingen district in 1938 .

In 1942 the Gestapo - Stapo control center in Stuttgart - took over the restaurant "Zur Ritterburg" and had it converted into a labor education camp (AEL) for 140 women. Under miserable living conditions and harassment, they had to do forced labor at the Horn woodworks in Rudersberg, at the Bauknecht company in Welzheim and in agriculture. After the bombing of the Stuttgart police prisons , the camp was totally overcrowded with over 300 people. The camp also functioned as a transit station for deportations to concentration and extermination camps such as Ravensbrück and Auschwitz. A total of around 3,500 women passed through the camp. A memorial in the cemetery commemorates the fate of the women imprisoned.

In 1945 the Rudersberg became part of the American zone of occupation and thus belonged to the newly founded state of Württemberg-Baden , which was merged into the current state of Baden-Württemberg in 1952.

On February 25, 1972, Asperglen was incorporated into Rudersberg. On October 1, 1972, the communities of Rudersberg and Steinenberg were united to form the new community of Rudersberg, today's community was formed on January 1, 1975 by the merger of this community with the community of Schlechtbach (so since February 16, 1967, previously Unterschlechtbach). Since January 1st 1973 Rudersberg belongs to the Rems-Murr-Kreis as part of the district reform in Baden-Württemberg .

The remainder of Waldenstein Castle is in the Waldenstein district , today a castle restaurant.


Rudersberg has been evangelical-Lutheran since the Reformation was introduced in the 16th century . Today there are two local evangelical parishes, Rudersberg and Schlechtbach, which are united in the overall evangelical parish of Rudersberg-Schlechtbach in the Schorndorf parish of the Evangelical Church in Württemberg . In the meantime, however, the Roman Catholic Church is represented again with a pastoral office. There is also a Methodist and a New Apostolic congregation in town.


The Rudersberg town hall

Municipal council

In Rudersberg the municipal council is elected according to the procedure of the false partial choice. The number of local councils can change due to overhang mandates . The council in Rudersberg has 27 members after the last election. 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
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
+6.65  % p
+ 3.30  % p
-10.13  % p
+ 0.19  % p
RB Rudersberg citizens 36.14 10 29.49 8th
FWV Free electoral association 35.80 10 32.50 9
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 16.57 4th 26.70 7th
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 11.49 3 11.30 3
total 100.0 27 100.0 27
voter turnout 59.80% 50.30%

Local councils

In the localities of Asperglen (consisting of the districts Asperglen, Krehwinkel and Necklinsberg), Schlechtbach (consisting of the districts Schlechtbach, Michelau and Lindental) and Steinenberg there is a local council each . The election of the local councils in Asperglen and Schlechtbach is also based on the procedure of the false suburbs, whereby a certain number of members from the local districts are represented in the local councils. The mayor of Asperglen and Steinenberg work on a voluntary basis, the mayor of Schlechtbach works full-time for the community.


In 2007 Martin Kaufmann was elected mayor. In September 2017 he was elected as the new Lord Mayor of Leonberg.

On January 21, 2018, the former head of the municipality of Korb, Raimon Ahrens, was elected as the new mayor of Rudersberg.


Rudersberg has had partnership relationships with the city of Ranis in Thuringia since 1991 .

Economy and Infrastructure


Rudersberg train station, in the background the Protestant town church

Rudersberg-Oberndorf is today's terminus of the scheduled train service on the Wieslauftalbahn from Schorndorf, which opened in 1908 to Rudersberg . The Royal Württemberg State Railways built the Rudersberg station building as a unit station of type IIb. During rush hour, the train runs every half an hour. A coordinated bus delivery concept supplies the districts that are not on the railway line. The continuation of the railway line to Welzheim , which was completed in 1911 and closed after a landslide in 1988 , has been used by tourist trains again on Sundays and public holidays in the summer and Advent season since May 2010 according to a special timetable. The connection to the national road network, B 14 in Backnang, B 29 in Schorndorf and A 81 in Mundelsheim , is made by state roads.

On the initiative of Mayor Martin Kaufmann, Rudersberg was one of the first municipalities in Germany to implement a road design for a state road based on the principle of shared space based on the example of Bohmte (Lower Saxony) and thus achieved second place in the German Transport Planning Prize 2016.


At the Rudersberg School Center there is a primary school, a secondary school, a secondary school and a special needs school. There is a primary school each in Schlechtbach and Steinenberg. The elementary school in Steinenberg is called the August Lämmle School.


TSV Rudersberg , founded in 1906, passed the 1000 member mark in 1986. TSV Schlechtbach was founded in 1919 and TSV Oberndorf in 1924 . The SF Steinenberg have around 650 members (2008).


  • Weru Group, manufacturer of windows and doors with 1210 employees worldwide and a turnover of 172 million € (2015)
  • Adolf Föhl GmbH + Co KG, die casting and injection molding manufacturer with 401 employees (2012) and sales of € 63.3 million (2011)
  • Lochmann film theater companies

Culture and sights

Evangelical Johanneskirche Rudersberg

Of the much smaller late Gothic church building from the period between 1450 and 1500, only the tower with its half-timbered bell chamber and the bell from 1495 are preserved. In the fire in the place in 1693, the ship was affected and probably only inadequately restored, so that in 1781 the master builder Johann Adam Groß the Younger was commissioned with the new construction. As early as November 1782, the hall building, designed as a transverse church with three-sided galleries, was inaugurated in a simple late baroque style: the pulpit in the south, the organ gallery in the east, a single gallery in the west and a double gallery in the north; The stalls on the ground floor also faced the pulpit to the south, and the altar stood below the organ. The area thus corresponded to the Reformation liturgy and church building practice. After the Second World War, the church renovation was due for the first time combined with an interior redesign and a strict realignment of the stalls to the east. "Unfortunately, the room has recently been redesigned into a longitudinal room, ignoring its special features," notes the building historian and architect Walther-Gerd Fleck in 1973, referring to the renovation carried out in 1957 by Schorndorf architect Peter Haag . In 1974 an exterior, 1982 an interior and 1989 a tower renovation followed. In 1930 , the Stuttgart artist Walter Kohler created three south-facing windows in the pulpit area (Baptism of Jesus, blessing of the children, parable of the prodigal son) for the original interior design . After the renovation, the Schorndorf artist Werner Oberle designed the three windows of the new altar wall (Johannes, Christ, Passion) in 1959, and the Strümpfelbach sculptor Karl Ulrich Nuss created the altar cross and the candlesticks in bronze in 1980.

Evangelical Church of the Resurrection Schlechtbach

The Schlechtbacher church was rebuilt in 1972 according to plans by the Stuttgart architect Kurt Marohn with a community center.


There is a local museum in Rudersberg . In the Michelau district, the oil mill has been converted into a museum.


The DBK Historische Bahn association conducts special trips with historic trains on the Wieslauftalbahn Schorndorf – Welzheim on Sundays and public holidays in the summer months .

Regular events

  • Maitreff - open day of the Rudersberg companies
  • Rudersberg Motocross - on the race track at Königsbronnhof
  • Schlechtbacher Mofacross - event of the Protestant youth Rudersberg at the Schlechtbacher sports area
  • Mannenberg Potato Festival - event organized by the Mannenberg village community on the subject of potatoes
  • Apple market - open day of the Rudersberg companies all about apples (always on October 3rd)
  • Advent forest - market with a forest character on the Advent weekends on the old town hall square and the Bahnhofweg .


Sons and daughters of the church

More people

  • Karl Buck (1894–1977), SS-Hauptsturmführer, commander of several concentration camps, lived in Rudersberg from 1955 until his death.


  • Sönke Lorenz (Ed.): Rudersberg. The middle Wieslauftal and its localities , Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1995 (Community in Transition, Volume 1), ISBN 3-7995-1420-1 .
  • Ackermann, Gotthilf: emigrants from the community of Unterschlechtbach. A contribution to the Swabian World Wandering Book. Unterschlechtbach 1936.

Web links

Commons : Rudersberg  - Collection of pictures, 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. Natural areas of Baden-Württemberg . State Institute for the Environment, Measurements and Nature Conservation Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart 2009
  3. ^ The state of Baden-Württemberg. Official description by district and municipality. Volume III: Stuttgart District, Middle Neckar Regional Association. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-17-004758-2 . Pp. 540-544
  4. a b Main statute of the municipality of Rudersberg from June 29, 1987, last changed on November 3, 2016
  5. State Statistical Office, area since 1988 according to actual use for Rudersberg.
  6. Memorial sites for the victims of National Socialism. A documentation, Volume I, Bonn 1995, p. 73, ISBN 3-89331-208-0
  7. ^ Ingrid Bauz, Sigrid Brüggemann, Roland Maier (eds.): The Secret State Police in Württemberg and Hohenzollern. Stuttgart 2013, 2nd edition ISBN 3-89657-145-1 , pp. 154ff.
  8. ^ 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. 459 and 464 .
  9. ^ Website of the Evangelical General Church Community of Rudersberg-Schlechtbach
  13. Results of the mayoral election 2018. Accessed on January 23, 2018 .
  14. ^ 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 .
  16. Shared Space in Rudersberg , website of the municipality of Rudersberg
  17. WERU company profile
  18. Company profile Föhl ( Memento of the original from October 6, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  19. Walther-Gerd Fleck; Luther Church Fellbach ; Self-published by the Lutherkirche, Fellbach o. J. [1973], p. 16
  20. Eugen Stöffler: Bilderbote ; ed. Ev. Press Association for Germany, Berlin, September 1933 and October 1936
  21. Mechthild Friz, Jürgen Schempp: Encounter - Discover - Understand. 225 years of Johanneskirche Rudersberg ; ed. Ev. Entire parish of Rudersberg-Schlechtbach; Rudersberg / Beinstein 2007
  22. Festschrift for the dedication of the Church of the Resurrection in Schlechtbach ; ed. from Ev. Rudersberg rectory on behalf of the Schlechtbach parish council; Worfelden undated (1972)