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Ostalbkreis

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Ostalbkreis
Statistics
State:Baden-Württemberg
Capital:Aalen
Adm. Region:Stuttgart
Area:1,511.5 km²
Inhabitants:315,868 (2002)
pop. density:209 inh./km²
Car identification:AA
Homepage:http://www.ostalbkreis.de
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Map of Baden-Württemberg highlighting the district Ostalbkreis

The Ostalbkreis is a district (Kreis) in the east of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Schwäbisch Hall, Ansbach, Donau-Ries, Heidenheim, Göppingen and Rems-Murr.

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History

The district was created in 1973, when the district Aalen was merged with most of the district Schwäbisch Gmünd.

Geography

The district is located in the east part of the Swabian Alb (Schwäbische Alb), hence its name which translates to eastern alb district. Main rivers in the district are the Rems, Jagst and Kocher, all affluents of the Neckar.

Partnerships

Since 1992 the district has an official partnership with the Italian province Ravenna. Also since the 1990s it has a friendship with the Finish province Oulu.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms The imperial eagle to the left represents the free imperial cities in the district, especially the city Aalen. The lion to the right is the symbol of the Staufen family, who founded the city Schwäbisch Gmünd. These two symbols were taken from the coat of arms of the two precursor districts. The staff in the middle represents the Abbey of Ellwangen, who possessed many smaller areas scattered in the district.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Aalen
  2. Bopfingen
  3. Ellwangen (Jagst)
  4. Heubach
  5. Lauchheim
  6. Lorch
  7. Neresheim
  8. Oberkochen
  9. Schwäbisch Gmünd
  1. Abtsgmünd
  2. Adelmannsfelden
  3. Bartholomä
  4. Böbingen (Rems)
  5. Durlangen
  6. Ellenberg
  7. Eschach (Schwäbisch Gmünd)
  8. Essingen
  9. Göggingen
  10. Gschwend
  11. Heuchlingen
  12. Hüttlingen
  13. Iggingen
  14. Jagstzell
  15. Kirchheim (Ries)
  16. Leinzell
  17. Mögglingen

  1. Mutlangen
  2. Neuler
  3. Obergröningen
  4. Rainau
  5. Riesbürg
  6. Rosenberg
  7. Ruppertshofen
  8. Schechingen
  9. Spraitbach
  10. Stödtlen
  11. Täferrot
  12. Tannhausen
  13. Unterschneidheim
  14. Waldstetten
  15. Westhausen
  16. Wört
Verwaltungsgemeinschaften
  1. Aalen
  2. Bopfingen
  3. Ellwangen
  4. Kapfenburg
  5. Leintal-Frickenhofer Höhe
  6. Rosenstein
  7. Schwäbisch Gmünd
  8. Schwäbischer Wald
  9. Tannhausen

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