Lindenberg in the Allgäu

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Lindenberg in the Allgäu
Map of Germany, position of the city of Lindenberg in the Allgäu highlighted

Coordinates: 47 ° 36 '  N , 9 ° 53'  E

Basic data
State : Bavaria
Administrative region : Swabia
County : Lindau (Lake Constance)
Height : 764 m above sea level NHN
Area : 11.85 km 2
Residents: 11,525 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 973 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 88161
Area code : 08381
License plate : LI
Community key : 09 7 76 117
City structure: 9 parts of the community

City administration address :
Stadtplatz 1
88161 Lindenberg i.Allgäu
Website :
Mayor : Eric Ballerstedt (CSU)
Location of the town of Lindenberg im Allgäu in the district of Lindau (Lake Constance)
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City of Lindenberg in the Allgäu
Lindenberg im Allgäu, town square with town hall
City parish church in the evening sun

Lindenberg im Allgäu (officially: Lindenberg im Allgäu , westallgäuerisch Lind e b e rg ), with around 11,500 inhabitants, the second largest city in the Swabian district of Lindau (Bodensee) and forms the heart of the region Westallgäu .

Lindenberg, located on the German Alpine Road , is a recognized climatic health resort and besides Nuremberg has Bavaria's only hat museum .


Landscapes and parts of the municipality

There is only the district Lindenberg in the Allgäu.

The municipality has 9 officially named municipal parts (the type of settlement is given in brackets ):

Neighboring communities

Lindenberg im Allgäu is surrounded by the communities Scheidegg , Weiler-Simmerberg , Heimenkirch , Röthenbach (Allgäu) and Opfenbach .


Lindenberg, which is located at a low-fog altitude, was the sunniest city in Germany in 2006 with 2217 hours of sunshine. In 2009 it was only 1977 hours, but Lindenberg was next to Scheidegg the sunniest place in Bavaria . (The statistically relevant long-term average of sunshine duration, which is the basis for comparisons with other stations, is naturally lower than such peak values ​​for a single year.)


Until the 18th century

From around 500 BC A few Celts settled in the Allgäu and practiced agriculture . Around the year 15 BC The area was occupied by Roman troops . They expanded the Roman area towards the Danube and later built a Roman road that connected Brigantium ( Bregenz ) via Cambodunum ( Kempten (Allgäu) ) with Augusta Vindelicorum ( Augsburg ). Around 500 AD, the Alemanni conquered the Roman Limes and have lived in the area ever since. In the 8th century, the area of ​​today's Lindenberg was in the hands of the noble family of the Udalrichinger von Bregenz and their heirs.

In the 9th century the area went to St. Gallen . The first written mention of Lindenberg can be found on a deed of ownership from the St. Gallen monastery . In the year 857 Patacho and Sigibert , two important nobles, donated goods in "Lintiberc" to the monastery of St. Gallen . Then the place passed to the Counts of Montfort , whose ancestral castle near Bregenz can still be seen today. Their governor was in Thalersdorf (Dallendorf) near Gestratz and the farmers had to bring their tithes there. In 1249 the church, goods and subjects came to the Mehrerau monastery , which was built in 1097. The Lindenberg parish was first mentioned in 1257 in the Liber decimationis of the Diocese of Constance .

Postcard from Lindenberg (1902)

In 1634, during the Thirty Years' War , Swedish troops broke into Western Allgäu; in the spring of 1634 large parts of Lindenberg were cremated. Lindenberg became more important when it received market rights in 1784. Up to three cattle markets were now allowed to be held each year.

Transition to Bavaria

Lindenberg belonged to Austria as part of the Bregenz-Hohenegg rule until the Napoleonic Wars . A French army entered the Allgäu in 1796 and advanced to Kempten . In the Treaty of Brno of December 10, 1805, the place came to the newly created Kingdom of Bavaria ; In the Peace of Pressburg , the Austrian Empire under Franz I agreed to some cessions at the end of 1805. With the municipal dictates of 1808 and 1818, today's municipality was created.

As early as 1656, Lindenberg straw hats were being sold in peddlers and at markets. In 1755 they began to organize the manufacture and sale of straw hats. Numerous small companies were created by 1914. The hat industry is economically insignificant today; the memory of them is kept alive with an annual "hat day" and a hat museum . In 1901 Lindenberg is connected to the Röthenbach – Scheidegg railway line . In 1908 the place was elevated to a city. The parish church was consecrated on May 14, 1914. Both world wars bring hat production to a standstill. Lindenberg is occupied by French troops on April 30, 1945. In 1955 the Bavarian District of Lindau returned to the Free State of Bavaria. 1993 the railway line is closed by Lindenberg. In 2014 the German Hat Museum opens in Lindenberg.

Population development

Lindenberg in the Allgäu grew by 1,044 inhabitants or around 10% between 1988 and 2008. Between 1988 and 2018 the city grew from 10,171 to 11,546 by 1,375 inhabitants or 13.5%.

The population figures from 1840 onwards relate to today's municipality area (as of 1978).

Population development
year 1840 1900 1939 1950 1961 1970 1987 1991 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2016
Residents 1,263 3,093 5,412 6,733 8,244 9,888 10,075 10,846 11,355 11,505 11,354 11.102 11,295 11,500


City council

CSU SPD FW Green total
2002 9 7th 7th 1 24
2008 9 6th 7th 2 24
2014 8th 6th 7th 3 24
2020 8th 5 6th 5 24


In March 2014, Eric Ballerstedt was able to prevail against incumbent Johann Zeh in the second ballot. Zeh had held the office for 18 years.

Twin cities

coat of arms

The Lindenberg coat of arms shows a two-tower red church in silver on a green Dreiberg in front view with a wide porch and blue roofs, a green linden tree on each side.

Culture and sights

Visual arts

  • The city of Lindenberg has been awarding a culture prize every year since 1987. The first prize winner was the painter Luis Gurschler.
  • The Westallgäu Art Prize 2009 went to the painter Albert Malnati from Wasserburg . The prize, endowed with € 1000, is awarded as part of the Westallgäu art exhibition .
  • The Lindenberg Culture Prize 2009 (endowed with 1500 €) went to Erich Felder


Parish church of St. Peter and Paul, Lindenberg im Allgäu, double tower facade
City parish church of St. Peter and Paul
House at Hansenweiherstrasse 6, 18th century
City parish church of St. Peter and Paul
The foundation stone for this church, also known as the Westallgäu Cathedral , was laid on September 8, 1912, and the inauguration took place on August 1, 1914. The architect of the neo-baroque building was Franz Rank . The ceiling painting, created in 1961, is considered the most important work by the Goßholz painter Paul Keck (1904–1973).
Aurelius Church
The old Peter and Paul Church is named after him because of a relic of St. Aurelius, in order not to confuse it with the new parish church. It dates from the Middle Ages and was rebuilt in the 17th century after a fire; until 1914 it was the city parish church.
Hat museum
The previous Hat Museum Lindenberg, which showed hats, hat presses, blanks and many remarkable details on the subject of hats on over 300 m², closed its doors on October 27, 2013. As the German Hat Museum Lindenberg , it was reopened on December 13, 2014 in an expanded and modified form in the building of the former hat factory Ottmar Reich.

Architectural monuments

Scenic features

Forest lake

The Waldsee is one of the highest moor lakes in Germany at 765.4 meters and was created as a fish pond in the Middle Ages.

Regular events

Cheese and gourmet festival

The “International Cheese and Gourmet Festival” takes place in Lindenberg, where cheese makers from the region, but also from France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Holland and Slovenia are represented.

Hat day

The so-called "Huttag" takes place every year in April. For this purpose, the Lindenbergers choose their Lindenberg hat queen every two years . During the two-year term of office, she represents the hat town of Lindenberg and the Westallgäu at events, tourism and fashion fairs, in publications and hat fashion shows.

Socialist hat

The socialist hat is a prize awarded annually in Lindenberg by the Lindau district association of the SPD Bavaria .

Economy and Infrastructure


In addition to a traditional cheese factory, Lindenberg is home to suppliers to the aerospace and automotive industries as well as one of the largest European photo laboratories.

Lindenberg im Allgäu - partial view
Typical architectural contrast in Lindenberg in the Allgäu

Significant companies and institutions are:

  • Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH: Landing gears, actuation systems, flight controls and electronics for aircraft
  • Mayser GmbH & Co. KG: headgear, foam technology, deformation technology & safety technology
  • Schreiber & Rupp cheese factory / Bergland cheese factory
  • Mauderer Alutechnik GmbH
  • allcop Farbbild-Service Bilderverarbeitung GmbH & Co. KG
  • Humboldt Institute - Association for German as a Foreign Language V.
  • Art publishing house Josef Fink
  • Gebr. Baldauf GmbH & Co. KG - Baldauf cheese dairy


Lindenberg owns the Rotkreuzklinik Lindenberg, a hospital for basic and standard care. It was founded in 1963 and has 174 beds.


sons and daughters of the town

Born in Lindenberg:

Other personalities

In Lindenberg lived and worked or also live and work:

  • Johann Evangelist Keller (1824–1910), Mayor 1860–1884, member of the Reichstag and Landtag
  • Heinrich Brauns (1868–1939), politician (Minister of Labor in the Weimar Republic)
  • Otto Keck (1873–1948), innkeeper in Goßholz and the painter of the Allgäu
  • Otto Geßler (1875–1955), politician (Reichswehr Minister in the Weimar Republic 1920–1928), President of the Bavarian Red Cross and Honorary President of the German Red Cross


  • Georg Grübel, Klaus Gietinger, Manfred Röhrl: "Chapeau - The Westallgäu guards the world. The history of hat production in Lindenberg and the surrounding area". Kunstverlag Josef Fink , Lindenberg im Allgäu 2015, ISBN 978-3-89870-875-3 .
  • Peter Mittermeier (text), Thomas Gretler (photos): Lindenberg - The sunny city in the Allgäu . Kunstverlag Josef Fink, Lindenberg im Allgäu 2015, ISBN 978-3-89870-910-1 .

Web links

Commons : Lindenberg im Allgäu  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. "Data 2" sheet, Statistical Report A1200C 202041 Population of the municipalities, districts and administrative districts 1st quarter 2020 (population based on the 2011 census) ( help ).
  2. The museum on, accessed November 26, 2011
  3. The Brömme hat museum in Nuremberg at, accessed on November 26, 2011
  4. ^ Community Lindenberg im Allgäu in the local database of the Bavarian State Library Online . Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, accessed on August 18, 2019.
  5. Scheidegg and Lindenberg are the sunniest places in Bavaria 2009  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  6. Timo Frasch: Die Hutlose Gesellschaft , of December 9, 2011, accessed on December 11, 2011
  7. ^ City of Lindenberg, result of the 2020 city council election
  10. Winner of the Culture Prize of the City of Lindenberg , accessed on October 1, 2013
  11. ^ The Westallgäu Art Prize to Albert Malnati
  12. ^ The Lindenberg Culture Prize to Erich Felder
  13. Söldnerhaus picture show ( Memento from May 21, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  14. Stadtpfarrkirche St. Peter and Paul ( Memento from September 28, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  15. Christ had to be particularly successful ,, December 24, 2011
  16. ^ Aureliuskirche ( Memento from September 28, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  17. ^ Website of the hat museum. Retrieved March 21, 2014 .
  18. Waldsee was already used as a fish pond in the Middle Ages ( Memento from February 9, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  19. Bayernland sells processed cheese factory to Schreiber & Rupp
  20. Mauderer Alutechnik GmbH
  21. Press material for the 150th anniversary of Baldauf cheese
  22. Luis Gurschler
  23. ^ Directory of the winners of the Lindenberg City Culture Prize