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Giengen
Giengen from the Bruckersberg
Giengen from the Bruckersberg
Coat of arms of Giengen
Giengen is located in Germany
Giengen
Coordinates 48°37′18″N 10°14′42″E / 48.62167°N 10.245°E / 48.62167; 10.245
Administration
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Stuttgart
District Heidenheim
Town subdivisions 5
Mayor Gerrit Elser (Ind.)
Basic statistics
Area 44.05 km2 (17.01 sq mi)
Elevation 464 m  (1522 ft)
Population 19,861  (31 December 2007)
 - Density 451 /km2 (1,168 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HDH
Postal code 89537
Area code 07322
Website www.giengen.de

Giengen (full name: Giengen an der Brenz) is the capital of the district of the same name in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. It is situated in the district of Heidenheim, north-east of Ulm, at the southern foot of the Swabian Alb.

Formerly a Free Imperial City, Giengen today is a lively community and home to several widely-known companies, such as Margarete Steiff GmbH, inventor of the teddy bear, and Albert Ziegler GmbH, a European leader in fire department equipment.

The first documentary evidence of the city dates back to 1078, Giengen received its town charter in the 13th century. During the 16th century, Giengen became Protestant and was almost completely burned down in 1634 during the Thirty Years' War. In 1803, Giengen lost its independence to the duchy of Württemberg.

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This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
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