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Adm. Region:Freiburg
Region:Südlicher Oberrhein
Area:1,860.74 km²
Inhabitants:412,184 (2002)
pop. density:222 inh./km²
Car identification:OG

The Ortenaukreis is a district (Kreis) in the west of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Rastatt, Freudenstadt, Rottweil, Schwarzwald-Baar and Emmendingen. To the west it border the French département Bas-Rhin.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Partnerships
4 Coat of arms
5 Towns and municipalities
6 External links


The district was created in 1973 by merging the districts Kehl, Lahr, Offenburg and Wolfach.


The western part of the district is located in the upper Rhine valley, the east is part of the northern Black Forest. The highest elevation of the district, the 1164 meter high Hornisgrinde, is located in the north-east of the district. The lowest elevation with 124,3 m is in the Rhine valley to the north.


The district has a friendship with the district Altenburger Land in Thuringia. Offenburg already had a city partnership with Altenburg, so after the reunification the district choosed this district to help to modernize the administration to west german standard.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms are identical with the one of the previous district Offenburg, and are based on the coat of arms of the canton Ortenau of the League of Imperial Knights, which was the largest ruler of the area. It shows an imperial eagle with two heads - which also stands for the free imperial cities Offenburg, Gengenbach and Zell. In an escutcheon on the breast of the eagle is the patron Saint George, depicted killing the dragon.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Achern
  2. Ettenheim
  3. Gengenbach
  4. Haslach (Kinzigtal)
  5. Hausach
  6. Hornberg
  7. Kehl
  8. Lahr (Schwarzwald)
  9. Mahlberg
  10. Oberkirch
  11. Offenburg
  12. Oppenau
  13. Renchen
  14. Rheinau
  15. Wolfach
  16. Zell (Harmersbach)
  1. Achern
  2. Ettenheim
  3. Gengenbach
  4. Haslach
  5. Hausach
  6. Kappelrodeck
  7. Lahr
  8. Oberes Renchtal
  9. Oberkirch
  10. Offenburg
  11. Seelbach
  12. Schwanau
  13. Wolfach
  14. Zell
  1. Appenweier
  2. Bad Peterstal-Griesbach
  3. Berghaupten
  4. Biberach (Lahr)
  5. Durbach
  6. Fischerbach
  7. Friesenheim
  8. Gutach (Schwarzwaldbahn)
  9. Hofstetten
  10. Hohberg
  11. Kappel-Grafenhausen
  12. Kappelrodeck
  13. Kippenheim
  14. Lauf
  15. Lautenbach
  16. Meißenheim
  17. Mühlenbach
  18. Neuried

  1. Nordrach
  2. Oberharmersbach
  3. Oberwolfach
  4. Ohlsbach
  5. Ortenberg
  6. Ottenhöfen (Schwarzwald)
  7. Ringsheim
  8. Rust (Baden)
  9. Sasbach
  10. Sasbachwalden
  11. Schuttertal
  12. Schutterwald
  13. Schwanau
  14. Seebach
  15. Seelbach
  16. Steinach
  17. Willstätt

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