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Coat of arms of the municipality of Stegen
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Coordinates: 47 ° 59 '  N , 7 ° 58'  E

Basic data
State : Baden-Württemberg
Administrative region : Freiburg
County : Breisgau-Upper Black Forest
Height : 408 m above sea level NHN
Area : 26.32 km 2
Residents: 4469 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 170 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 79252
Area code : 07661
License plate : FR
Community key : 08 3 15 109
Community structure: 3 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Dorfplatz 1
79252 Stegen
Website : www.stegen.de
Mayor : Fränzi Kleeb
Location of the municipality of Stegen in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district
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View from the west of Stegen, from Freiburg-Ebnet

Stegen is a municipality in the southern Black Forest in the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald ( Baden-Württemberg , Germany ).


Geographical location

The municipality of Stegen, located in the settlement belt of Freiburg im Breisgau in the upper Dreisamtal , is located in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park about 8 km (as the crow flies ) east of Freiburg. It spreads north of the confluence of the Rotbach and Wagensteigbach to the Dreisam . The Eschbach (a tributary of the Dreisam) flows through its core town.

Neighboring communities

Neighboring communities of Stegen are: St. Peter in the northeast, Buchenbach in the southeast, Kirchzarten in the south, Glottertal in the north and Freiburg im Breisgau in the west.

Community structure

The municipality of Stegen with the municipalities of Eschbach in the Black Forest and Wittental, which were independent until the 1970s, includes 34 villages, hamlets, Zinken, farms and houses. The former municipality of Eschbach in the Black Forest includes the Zinken Berlachen, Engelberg, Hintereschbach, Obertal, Reckenberg, Steurental and Untertal, the farms Domilishof, Gabelsdobel, Grundhof, Kappdobel, Molzenhof, Salzberg, Scherlehäuslehof, Scherlenzendobel and Schönberg and the residential areas Fußhof-Geiger-Berghäusle, and Hilzihäusle. The village of Stegen, the hamlets of Oberbirken and Unterbirken, the Zinken Rechtenbach and the Schloss Weiler complex belong to the municipality of Stegen within the boundaries of 1974. The hamlets of Wittental and Attental, the farms of Albrechtshof, Andresenhof, Baldenwegerhof, Bankenhof, Bankscherhof, Hannisen (Hansen) -hof, Hugenhof and Rauferhof belong to the former municipality of Wittental. In the hamlet of Wittental lying Outbound Castle Falkenbühl .



The main town of Stegen is further divided into the settlements of Stegen, Weiler, Ober- and Unterbirken and Rechtenbach. The original core was the rule of Weiler, which is closely connected with the Lords of Weiler, mentioned since the 11th century. These were probably ministerials of the Zähringer and helped, for example, with the search for a suitable location for the St. Peter monastery . From the 14th century onwards, it was owned by various noble families from Upper Austria until the barons and later counts of Kageneck came to the Dreisamtal as the last landlords. The name "Stegen" is first attested in 1510. In 1810, the place was assigned to the Grand Duchy of Baden and initially assigned to the Stabsamt St. Peter (Oberamt St. Peter) and in 1819 to the Landamt Freiburg. In 1890, Rechtenbach, which still belonged to the Schnewlin von Landeck family, was united with Stegen.

In 1929, the Order of the Sacred Heart Priests rented the grounds of the former castle and set up a religious house there. After the Second World War , the private grammar school and boarding college St. Sebastian was established there. The boarding school was given up in 1997 and the school became the responsibility of the school foundation of the Archdiocese of Freiburg in 1998 .

On July 1, 1974, the community Wittental was incorporated into Stegen. Today's municipality of Stegen was formed on January 1, 1975 by the merger of the two municipalities of Stegen and Eschbach in the Black Forest.



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Eschbach , Sankt-Jakobus-Parish Church

The Eschbachtal with its side valleys was mentioned for the first time in 1112 and belonged to a part of the monastery of St. Peter in the Black Forest . The other part, first Dinghof of Einsiedeln Monastery , finally came to the barons of Sickingen until they sold their property to the state of Baden in 1808. The two parts of Eschbach were united in 1811 to form a municipality in the Freiburg Landamt. From February 23, 1973 until it was united with Stegen, the community had the addition of the name in the Black Forest .


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At the beginning of the 19th century, the community of Wittental was created from the settlements of Attental, Wittental and the Baldenwegerhof. Ober- and Unterwittental were first mentioned in the 13th century in the property register of the St. Märgen Monastery . The rule came at the end of the 16th century to the barons of Sickingen-Hohenburg . Wittental formed a community association with Zarten until 1813 the union of Attentals with Wittental took place.


In Stegen there is the Catholic parish Herz Jesu, the Catholics in Eschbach belong to the St. Jakobus parish, the Protestant reconciliation parish Stegen also looks after Protestant Christians in Buchenbach, St. Peter and St. Märgen.


Municipal council

The local elections on May 26, 2019 led to the following results with a turnout of 71.2 63.4% (+ 7.8):

Party / list Share of votes G / V Seats G / V
CDU 32.1% - 3.6 5 ± 0
FWG 32.4% + 1.2 5 + 1
The green 24.9% + 2.6 3 ± 0
SPD 10.6% - 0.1 1 - 1

P / L: gains or losses compared to the 2014 local election

There are local councils for the villages of Eschbach and Wittental.


On January 18, 2015, Fränzi Kleeb was elected mayor in the first ballot with 68% of the vote. She took office on April 3, 2015. She is the first female mayor in the Dreisamtal. Previously, Siegfried Kuster, who was also non-party, was mayor of the municipality of Stegen for 24 years.


Stegen and the neighboring communities of Kirchzarten, Oberried and Buchenbach belong to the Dreisamtal community administration association based in Kirchzarten.

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Stegen before 1975

The municipality of Stegen was awarded the coat of arms certificate for the coat of arms after the municipal reform in 1977:

In gold (yellow) an uprooted ash tree with black trunk and green crown, in which three golden (yellow) branches in the form of ash leaves, in front of the trunk a continuous red plank path (footbridge) .

The ash stands for the district of Eschbach, but also symbolizes the stream of the same name, which runs through the entire length of the municipality. The Bohlweg or Steg, which was already used as a seal image by the old community of Stegen, is reminiscent of the wooden paths through the marshy terrain at the exit of the Eschbach Valley. They once gave the farms above the Meierhof Weiler the name that today applies to the entire community.

Culture and sights

Castle chapel
Catholic Herz-Jesu-Kirche with buildings of the St. Sebastian College


Natural monuments

Stegen is located on the Black Forest cross-way between Freiburg and Lake Constance , a long-distance hiking trail run by the Black Forest Association , which leads past many natural monuments.

Regular events

Since 1971, the FSV Rot-Weiß Stegen has been organizing the now well-known Whitsun sports festival.

The Highland Games have been held in Wittental every two years since 1999 .

Economy and Infrastructure


Stegen is on the outskirts of Freiburg im Breisgau. Many residents work in the nearby city, which is easily accessible by car via the 133 national road. The bus line 7216 of the Südbadenbus- Gesellschaft connects the community with Kirchzarten and Freiburg on the one hand, and with St. Peter, St. Märgen and Hinterzarten in the Black Forest on the other . In Kirchzarten there is also an option to change to the Höllentalbahn .


College of St. Sebastian
  • In the community there is a primary and secondary school with a Werkrealschule and a primary school in Eschbach.
  • The state-recognized Catholic general education college college St. Sebastian is attended by students from the entire Dreisamtal and from Freiburg. It is located on the site of the former castle. The school foundation of the Archdiocese of Freiburg has been the sponsor since 1998 .
  • There is also a supra-regional education and advice center for the hearing impaired (BBZ) in Stegen , a state school with boarding school. It offers educational opportunities from kindergarten through all types of schools to high schools.
  • Many students also attend the nearby Marie-Curie-Gymnasium in Kirchzarten.
  • There are kindergartens in Stegen (catholic) and in Eschbach (communal), as well as in Stegen the inclusion kindergarten at the BBZ Stegen.
  • In Wittental, the Forest Zoological Institute of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg i. Br. A branch.
  • The Stegen Ecumenical Community Library is also part of the educational program.


Sons and daughters of Stegen

People who worked here

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office Baden-Württemberg - Population by nationality and gender on December 31, 2018 (CSV file) ( help on this ).
  2. ^ The state of Baden-Württemberg. Official description by district and municipality. Volume IV: District Freiburg Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-17-007174-2 . Pp. 117-120
  3. Formation of rule on the Upper Rhine, dissertation by B. Mangei. January 15, 2004, accessed January 6, 2015 .
  4. Maximilian Walter: History of the community of Stegen from the beginning to 1920. Edited by Wendelin Duda. Freiburg Echo Verlag Wendelin Duda, Stegen 2002. ISBN 3-86028-856-3 . ( online , accessed July 17, 2012). Maximilian Walter, Mayor of Stegen from 1909 to 1935, ended his local history in 1920. It remained unprinted until 2002.
  5. ^ 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. 509 .
  6. Municipality of Stegen, result of the election of the municipal council on May 26, 2019 , accessed on November 13, 2019
  7. Whitsun sports festival in Stegen. Retrieved December 26, 2015 .
  8. ^ Highland Games in Stegen-Wittental. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on September 25, 2013 ; Retrieved August 19, 2013 . 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 / www.highland-games.de

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