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Coat of arms of the city of Munderkingen
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Coordinates: 48 ° 14 '  N , 9 ° 39'  E

Basic data
State : Baden-Württemberg
Administrative region : Tübingen
County : Alb-Danube district
Height : 516 m above sea level NHN
Area : 13.08 km 2
Residents: 5292 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 405 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 89597
Area code : 07393
License plate : UL
Community key : 08 4 25 081

City administration address :
Marktstrasse 1
89597 Munderkingen
Website :
Mayor : Michael Lohner
Location of the city of Munderkingen in the Alb-Donau district
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Munderkingen is the smallest town in the Alb-Donau district in Baden-Württemberg .


The historic city center lies in a loop of the Danube , about 33 kilometers southwest of Ulm . It has expanded on both sides of the river.

Neighboring communities

The city borders in the north on the city of Ehingen , in the east on Rottenacker , in the south on Unterstadion , Emerkingen and Hausen am Bussen and in the west on Obermarchtal and Untermarchtal .


Early history

Munderkingen is the smallest town in the Alb-Danube district, but with its mentioning as Muntaricheshuntare or Munterichshuntare (792) and the town elevation (1230) , it is likely to be one of the oldest cities in the Alb-Danube district. Finds from Roman times indicate that the area of ​​today's town of Munderkingen was already populated in late antiquity . Continuous settlement up to the early Middle Ages cannot be assumed, although the settlement was located on an important Danube ridge that allowed access to the nearby Roman fort in Emerkingen (3 km).

Half-timbered house in the medieval city center
Munderkingen station, built in 1870

Middle Ages and early modern times

Munderkingen was mentioned for the first time in 792 in a document from the Sankt Gallen monastery ; It mentions the Munterichshuntare , according to another source Muntarihe's huntari . A huntare was an administrative unit of the Frankish Empire that could designate an association of warriors or of country estates; it corresponds to the old English administrative unit Hundred and approximately to the Scandinavian and North German Harde .

The town charter was awarded Munderkingen in 1230 by the Lords of Emerkingen. At the end of the 14th century the Habsburgs pledged Munderkingen to the Truchsessen von Waldburg . The city then joined forces with the cities of Mengen , Riedlingen , Saulgau and Waldsee, which were also pledged to the Truchsessen, to form the alliance of the Danube cities . In 1680 they succeeded in shaking off the lien and coming back directly under the rule of the Austrian foreland .

Württemberg time

With the Peace of Pressburg , Munderkingen came to Württemberg in 1805 . During the implementation of the new administrative structure in the Kingdom of Württemberg , the city was assigned to the Oberamt Ehingen , where it was the seat of its own sub-office until 1819. Munderkingen used to be characterized by trade and handicraft, but the construction of the Ulm – Sigmaringen railway line and the connection to the Württemberg railway network in 1870 also led to the establishment of industrial companies. Around 1900, the mills on the Danube were converted to generate electricity. Even today there is a large EnBW electricity and transformer station in the city . During the district reform during the Nazi era in Württemberg , Munderkingen came to the district of Ehingen in 1938 .

post war period

In 1945 Munderkingen was first occupied by American troops and shortly afterwards handed over to the French military administration. Munderkingen was now part of the French occupation zone and was thus assigned to the newly founded state of Württemberg-Hohenzollern in 1947 , which became part of the state of Baden-Württemberg in 1952. In 1973 the district reform took place in Baden-Württemberg , when Munderkingen became part of the Alb-Donau district .

Munderkingen with the Danube and the Catholic parish church


Munderkingen has always been shaped by Catholicism . Although there were Protestant efforts here during the Reformation , these were opposed by the city leaders. According to the 2011 census , 58.7 percent of the population are Catholic, 18.2 percent Protestant and 23.1 percent belong to any other or no religious community.


The nearby hamlet of Algershofen is part of the town of Munderkingen.

Population development

These are population numbers according to the respective territorial status. The numbers are census results (¹) or official updates from the Baden-Württemberg State Statistical Office (only main residences ).

year Residents
December 1, 1871 ¹ 2041
December 1, 1880¹ 2035
December 1, 1890¹ 1953
December 1, 1900 ¹ 1971
December 1, 1910¹ 2048
June 16, 1925 ¹ 1944
June 16, 1933 ¹ 1914
May 17, 1939 ¹ 1840
September 13, 1950 ¹ 2270
year Residents
June 6, 1961 ¹ 3435
May 27, 1970 ¹ 4583
December 31, 1980 4858
May 27, 1987 ¹ 4667
December 31, 1990 4849
December 31, 1995 5206
December 31, 2000 5055
December 31, 2005 5099
December 31, 2010 4912
December 31, 2015 5119


Munderkingen town hall

Administrative association

Munderkingen is the seat of the municipal administration association Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Munderkingen , which was founded in 1973 and to which, in addition to the city, the municipalities Emeringen, Emerkingen, Grundsheim, Hausen am Bussen, Lauterach, Obermarchtal, Oberstadion, Rechtenstein, Rottenacker, Untermarchtal, Unterstadion and Unterwachingen belong.


The mayor of Baden-Württemberg is elected for a term of eight years. Michael Lohner was first elected in 1999. In the mayoral elections on April 22, 2007, Lohner was confirmed in office with a result of 98.8%. In April 2014, Lohner was re-elected with 97.2%.

Municipal council

In Munderkingen, the municipal council is elected using the false selection of a part of town. The number of local councils can change due to overhang mandates . The municipal council in Munderkingen has 18 members after the last election (unchanged). The local elections on May 26, 2019 led to the following preliminary final result. The municipal council consists of the elected voluntary councilors and the mayor as chairman. The mayor is entitled to vote in the municipal council.

Parties and constituencies %
Local elections 2019
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
-3.2  % p
-3.9  % p
+ 4.1  % p
+ 3.0  % p
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 47.5 9 50.7 9
UWG Independent voter community 24.8 4th 28.7 5
GREEN Alliance 90 / The Greens 24.7 4th 20.6 4th
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 3.0 1 - -
total 100.0 18th 100.0 18th
voter turnout 53.4% 49.3%

coat of arms

Official blazon : a gold crowned red lion in silver, accompanied by a six-pointed red star at the top right.

At the end of the 13th century, Munderkingen was bought by the Habsburgs and remained so until 1805. The Habsburgs gave the city the old coat of arms of their family: the soaring, red and crowned lions . A seal from 1286 is the first evidence of this coat of arms.

Town twinning

Since 1987 there has been a town partnership between Munderkingen and the French town of Riedisheim in Alsace .

Economy and Infrastructure

Interregio-Express to Neustadt (Black Forest) in Munderkingen station


Munderkingen is on the Ulm – Sigmaringen railway from Donaueschingen to Ulm. There are regional express trains to Ulm or Sigmaringen every hour and Interregio express trains to Tuttlingen , Donaueschingen and Neustadt (Black Forest) every two hours . The city is part of the Donau-Iller local transport network .

Public facilities

Munderkingen has a primary , secondary , secondary and special school . A school does not exist in Munderkingen, though the city used to own Latin school had. The next school towns are Ehingen (Danube) and Biberach an der Riss . Adult education is organized by the city's own adult education center .

Culture and sights

Fool figure Wusele of the drum guild of Munderkingen

Munderkingen is on the main route of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route and on the Danube Cycle Path from Donaueschingen to Vienna . Munderkingen is a popular resting place for many cyclists, especially in summer.


The municipal museum is housed in the former Heilig-Geist-Spital. It is dedicated to the Romans and Alemanni, the city's history, the craft of the Munderking brush makers Menne and Bremensdorfer, the postal history, Munderking personalities, wheel hoods and dolls.


Danube bridge

The so-called " New Danube Bridge " was the first massive concrete arch bridge in 1893 that was built with a three-hinged arch and an arch span of more than 50 m: engineer Leibbrand from Stuttgart was the builder, the work was carried out by the construction company Buck from Ehingen. The construction technology of the Munderking Danube Bridge is presented today as an outstanding bridge construction achievement in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. At the end of the war, on April 22, 1945, the bridge was blown up by retreating German pioneer troops under the supervision of an SS unit. Reconstruction began immediately after the war. In June 1948, the rebuilt Danube bridge was inaugurated by the occupying forces of the French zone.

Old hospital

The historicist building erected in 1889/90 is one of the buildings in the city in the Alb-Danube district that shape the cityscape. The art historian Guido Hinterkeuser praised it as an “important architectural monument”: “The eye-catcher of the building, the two-story main front of which extends along Schillerstraße, is a striking tower that for many Munderkingers also embodies a piece of identity. With a half-timbered floor, the architect Joseph Breig from Ehingen alluded to the traditional Munderking construction method, while the neo-Gothic buckled helmet can be interpreted as a loan from the Rhenish Gothic. The tower thus proves to be a typical representative of the historicist architectural style. The sloping ground floor and the irregular corner blocks along the wall edges give it a defensive character. The portal combines elements of Gothic and Renaissance, the protruding corbels set a special accent here ”.


Choir in the Dionysius Church

The Catholic parish church of St. Dionysius combines medieval Gothic buildings with changes from the Renaissance and Baroque periods . The choir and nave were completely redecorated in the Baroque style around 1700. Some panel paintings from the former Gothic high altar can be found on the side walls today. The church and the pictures of this Gothic altar created by the master of the Munderkinger Altar , who is not known by name, are today considered to be a special attraction in the Alb-Danube district.

Regular events

Munderkingen is traditionally a stronghold of the Swabian-Alemannic carnival . However, it starts with the town hall storm on Glombigen Doschdig a week earlier than usual, i.e. on the 2nd Thursday before Ash Wednesday. It culminates in the fountain jump , which used to take place on Ash Wednesday, but today it is on Carnival Sunday and Carnival Tuesday .

Daughters and sons of the city

View of Munderkingen (1906) with a portrait of Weitzmann

Web links

Commons : Munderkingen  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Munderkingen  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office Baden-Württemberg - Population by nationality and gender on December 31, 2018 (CSV file) ( help on this ).
  2. ^ Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Economics of Baden-Württemberg (ed.): The city and rural districts of Baden-Württemberg in words and numbers . tape 41 ( [PDF; accessed on February 16, 2020]).
  3. History: 1200 years of Munderkingen. In: City of Munderkingen. Accessed February 16, 2020 .
  4. Census database - Munderkingen, city - population in regional comparison by religion - in% -
  5. Population development in Baden-Württemberg from 1871 to 2012  ( 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 /  
  7. ^ Karl-Heinz Burghart (khb): After the compulsory break, the Munderkinger Museum reopens . In: Schwäbische Zeitung from June 26, 2012
  8. Munderking Danube Bridge. In: Structurae
  9. ↑ Concrete bridges. In: Viktor von Röll (ed.): Encyclopedia of the Railway System . 2nd Edition. Volume 2: Building Design - Brazil . Urban & Schwarzenberg, Berlin / Vienna 1912, p.  271 ff. (With a representation of the longitudinal section and joint of the Danube bridge).
  10. Ehinger Tagblatt, August 26, 2010
  11. ^ Alb-Donau-Kreis –Tourismus (Ed.): Kultiurraum albdonaukreis. Edition 08/2009 (Ulm 2009)
  12. ^ Carnival history - City of Munderkingen. Retrieved February 21, 2019 .
  13. ^ Well jump - City of Munderkingen. Retrieved February 21, 2019 .