|pop. density:||222 inh./km²|
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.
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4 Coat of arms
5 Towns and municipalities
6 External links
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.
|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.|