Bietigheim-Bissingen

The town of Bietigheim-Bissingen lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Metter and the Enz (a tributary of the Neckar), and is sited in the middle of the Neckar valley. It is 23 kilometres to the north of Stuttgart, the State Capital of Baden-Württemburg. The town of Bietigheim and the municipality of Bissingen were merged in 1975 to create a "Grosse Kreisstadt" or large district centre.

The two townships are linked by the Central Park, which lies along the River Enz. Within the park, the site of a former state garden festival, there are many attractive floral displays and shrubs, and also a childrens playground. It also has a Japanese Garden, planted in honour of Bietigheim's links with another of its twin towns, Kusatsu.

The local economy boasts 1700 businesses, mostly in the commercial and service sector, including 20,385 employees. There are also a number of medium-sized manufacturing industries, prominent among which are floor-covering production, electrical automotive equipment, steel machines, paint shops, metal processing, light metal construction, electronics and a new Porsche Design Centre, encompassing a variety of divisions.

Bietigheim's sports facilities are impressive. There are no fewer than three swimming pools, including the "Badepark Ellental" for outdoor bathing and the spectacular Viaduct Pool, which incorporates the very latest technology. There is also an ice rink, mini-golf course, trim trails, forest trails, riding facilities and tennis courts, while beautiful walks are to be found in the surrounding countryside.

The charm of the area is most apparent in Bietigheim's remarkable old town centre, which is protected as a historic monument in its own right. Many half-timbered buildings survive and modern structures have been carefully integrated to form a visually pleasing harmony, making a walk around the pedestrian precincts very rewarding. Visitors can admire the Rathaus Town Hall (1507), with its remarkable clock-turret; the Hornmoldhaus, an early 16th century building with fine Renaissance interiors, now the district Museum, the Municipal Art Gallery in its historic setting as well as the "Schloss", a 300 year-old refurbished and renovated former castle, now used as a cultural centre and home of the Bietigheim music school. In addition, the whole townscape is brightened by a number of public sculptures.

One of the town's attractions is the "Kronenzentrum", an exclusive civic hall used for concerts, theatre performances and all sorts of festive functions, with a restaurant to go with it, all situated above a department store. The building incorporates glass lifts and an exterior trellis-work for climbing plants. There is also a well-equipped library.

Small wonder that, with such a pleasant environment and a range of facilities, Bietigheim-Bissingen was awarded a regional "Towns kind to families" title.

Further information can be obtained from the Bietigheim-Bissingen website: www.bietigheim-bissingen.de

For further information….
Contact the Town Partnerships Office on 01276 707100 or email town.partnerships@surreyheath.gov.uk