|• Mayor||Joachim Scholz (2008)|
|• Total||24.94 km2 (9.63 sq mi)|
|Elevation||162 m (531 ft)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Neckarsulm (German pronunciation: [nɛkarˈzʊlm]) is a city in northern Baden-Württemberg, Germany, near Stuttgart, and part of the district of Heilbronn. As of 2004[update], Neckarsulm had 27,296 inhabitants.
The rivers Neckar and Sulm join there, hence the name, which is often misunderstood or mispronounced as "Neckars Ulm", an incongruity that would mean the Ulm of the Neckar, as the city of Ulm is well to the east on the Danube at the border between Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria.
Neckarsulm is famous for being ranked first in the German Solarbundesliga (cities beginning at 10,000 inhabitants), a competition in renewable energy installations. Its other fame is that the Neckarsulm-Gundelsheim Weingaertnergenossenschaft (vintner's co-operative) is reputed to be the oldest in Germany; trollinger and lemberger are the principal varieties of grape that are grown.
The numbers are estimates, census results (¹) or data from statistical offices.
¹ Census results
² The population increase between 1950 and 1961 comes from the new district Neckarsulm-Amorbach. In this place lived in 1955 around 3.00 people.
Schwarz Gruppe, owner of Lidl and Kaufland – the largest European grocerer —has its head office in Neckarsulm. The city was the home of the car manufacturer NSU which was taken over by Volkswagen in 1969 and merged with Auto Union to create Audi as it is known today. The former NSU factory is now one of Audi's two principal assembly plants in Germany (the other is located in Ingolstadt, Bavaria) – and manufactures the company's larger, high end models such as the Audi A6, A7, and A8, the latter is made in the Audi Aluminium Plant, and Audi's performance subsidiary quattro GmbH (which manufactures the R8) is also located here. The NSU logo on early vehicles stands for the city name Neckarsulm.
Around 1890 Neckarsulm Strickmaschinen – "knitting machine" – Union began making bicycles.
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