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City of Burladingen
Former municipality coat of arms of Melchingen
Coordinates: 48 ° 21 '36 "  N , 9 ° 8' 48"  E
Height : 732 m above sea level NN
Residents : 895  (Dec. 31, 2019)
Incorporation : 1st January 1973
Postal code : 72393
Area code : 07126
Image of Melchingen

Melchingen is a village in the Swabian Alb in Baden-Württemberg . It is 730  m above sea level. NN and has 895 inhabitants (as of December 31, 2019). Melchingen has been part of the city of Burladingen since the community reform in 1973 . Melchingen was first mentioned in a document in 772 as an independent place.

Thanks to the annual pottery and handicraft market since 1982 and the Lindenhof Theater, which was founded in 1981 by an independent theater group , Melchingen is now known to a broader public beyond the region on a cultural and artistic level.


Melchingen was mentioned for the first time in 772 on the occasion of a donation to the Lorsch Monastery in a document from the Lorsch Codex . In 1588 and 1598 witch trials were conducted against ten residents, all of which ended with executions.

On January 1, 1973, Melchingen was incorporated into Burladingen.


Natural monuments

Summer church cave
  • Sommerkirchhöhle (7620/01), also known as summer church, cave on the Sommerkirchhalde or cave Sommerkirch, is a natural and soil monument.
  • Source of the Lauchert , a tributary of the Danube


  • Pottery and handicraft market on the second weekend in September (since 1982)


Melchingen (seen from the wind farm)

Sons and daughters of the place

See also

Web links

Commons : Melchingen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Population figures
  2. Minst, Karl Josef [transl.]: Lorscher Codex (Volume 5), Document 3275, September 17, 772 - Reg. 806. In: Heidelberger historical stocks - digital. Heidelberg University Library, p. 137 , accessed on April 20, 2018 .
  3. ^ Matthias Heinzelmann: From the witch trial of the eagle hostess Katharina Memler von Melchingen . In: Hohenzollerische Heimat . tape 5 , no. 4 , 1955, pp. 50–53 ( [PDF]).
  4. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 529 .
  5. Jürgen Scheff: Cave archaeological research on the Southwest Alb: 7th double grotto, 8th hollow rock, 9th summer church cave . In: Heimatkundliche Blätter Balingen, Volume 44, October 31, 1997, No. 10 ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , P. 1095f., Here p. 1096.