Welcome to the Backnang website!
Dear visitors to the website,
I’d like to welcome you to the web presence of the town of Backnang.
Backnang is a unique town. The town of Backnang lies in beautiful surroundings, with idyllic orchards, gentle hills and the pretty River Murr winding along its valley. Through its location on the edge of the Swabian Forest National Park, it also forms the gateway to that picturesque area. With its approximately 36,000 inhabitants, Backnang is the regional centre for a catchment area of nearly 120,000 people and is also the attractive heart of the Murr region. This explains our town slogan - to be said with a smile: Backnang - The Metropolis on the Murr.
The core of our town, first documented in 1067, is the Burgberg, which falls away rapidly to the Murr and which possesses a remarkable collection of historic architecture. The current Protestant Collegiate Church houses the tombs of the Margraves of Baden, dating back to the high medieval age. Backnang was a part of Baden between 1100 and 1304 and can, to a certain extent, be therefore regarded as the cradle of Baden in the heart of Württemberg. This part of the town has now been designated the Stiftshof Cultural Centre. Together, the Bandhaus, part of the former Augustinian Canonry, the town tower with the recently restored Gothic Choir, the Tower Schoolhouse and the Helferhaus all form the cultural centre of our town. The Backnang Town Gallery plays host to exhibitions of contemporary art. The “Graphik-Kabinett” in the Helferhaus presents works by Old Masters, including prints by Albrecht Dürer. When the Galli Theatre opened, the historical old town was blessed with yet another cultural facility.
The state schools, numerous opportunities for further education, countless clubs and societies, active support for senior citizens and modern sporting facilities all make Backnang a town worth living in. We are committed to families and children. This is why the town has extensive child care and support facilities. Backnang can therefore rightly be termed an Eldorado for young families. Backnang is a historic, cultural centre, a town boasting fine educational facilities and a child-friendly, family town. It is a town with a long history, but also one with a promising future. Backnang invites you to come and discover it.
We looking forward to seeing you!
Dr Frank Nopper
Lord Mayor of Backnang