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Coat of arms of the community of Ofterschwang
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Map of Germany, position of the municipality of Ofterschwang highlighted

Coordinates: 47 ° 30 '  N , 10 ° 14'  E

Basic data
State : Bavaria
Administrative region : Swabia
County : Oberallgäu
Management Community : Group of horns
Height : 864 m above sea level NHN
Area : 19.54 km 2
Residents: 2068 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 106 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 87527
Area code : 08321
License plate : OA
Community key : 09 7 80 134
Community structure: 12 parts of the community
Website : www.ofterschwang.de
Mayor : Alois Ried (community of voters)
Location of the community of Ofterschwang in the Oberallgäu district
Österreich Baden-Württemberg Landkreis Lindau (Bodensee) Kempten (Allgäu) Landkreis Unterallgäu Landkreis Ostallgäu Kempter Wald (gemeindefreies Gebiet) Wildpoldsried Wiggensbach Wertach Weitnau Waltenhofen Sulzberg (Landkreis Oberallgäu) Sonthofen Rettenberg Ofterschwang Oberstdorf Oberstaufen Obermaiselstein Oy-Mittelberg Missen-Wilhams Lauben (Landkreis Oberallgäu) Immenstadt im Allgäu Bad Hindelang Haldenwang (Landkreis Oberallgäu) Fischen im Allgäu Durach Dietmannsried Burgberg im Allgäu Buchenberg Bolsterlang Blaichach Betzigau Balderschwang Altusriedmap
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Ofterschwang, Oberallgäu

Ofterschwang is a municipality in the Swabian district of Oberallgäu and a member of the Hörnergruppe administrative community based in Fischen im Allgäu .



The community is located four kilometers southwest of Sonthofen in the upper Illertal under the ridge of the Hörnerkette .

Parish parts

Ofterschwang has 12 officially named parts of the municipality (the type of settlement is given in brackets ):


Until the church is planted

Ofterschwang was part of the county of Königsegg-Rothenfels , which was exchanged for Austria in 1804 . With the peace treaties of Brno and Pressburg in 1805 , it fell to the Kingdom of Bavaria along with other areas of Upper Austria . In 1818 the community was founded.

Population development

From 1988 to 2008 Ofterschwang grew by 577 inhabitants or 39%. This was the highest percentage increase in population in the Oberallgäu district during this period. After that, growth only slowed by a further 43 residents until 2018. Between 1988 and 2018, the municipality grew from 1470 to 2090 by 620 inhabitants or 42.2%.

The following figures refer to the territorial status on May 25, 1987.

Population development
year 1840 1900 1939 1950 1961 1970 1987 1991 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015
Residents 867 842 1100 1482 1371 1598 1427 1686 1825 1871 2030 2078 2028



Alois Ried (* 1966) has been First Mayor since May 1, 2002; he was last re-elected on March 15, 2020 with 92.21% of the vote.

Municipal council

In the election on March 15, 2020 , only the election proposal of the voter community of Ofterschwang with 28 applicants was available. The 14 applicants with the highest number of votes have a seat in the municipal council. The turnout was 58.07%.

coat of arms

The description of the coat of arms reads: Under a golden shield head, in it three lying red diamonds, split by red and silver; A five-flowered alpine rose in mixed colors grows from a mountain of three in mixed up colors.

Architectural monuments


holiday destination

Ofterschwang is a holiday resort with 1,492 guest beds and 305,643 overnight stays in 2014. The place is the starting point for mountain and bike tours and in winter offers cross-country ski trails in the valley and a variety of ski runs around the Ofterschwanger Horn . Tourist starting points are the Tiefenberger Moor with nature trails and an 18 + 18 + 9 hole golf course of the luxury hotel Sonnenalp; Sonnenalp-Oberallgäu golf course. The Sonnenalp is 39.3 million euros in sales in 2015 ranked 7th in Germany and is the only hotel in the top ten, which is not in Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt.

Hikes, ski and snowshoe tours

From Ofterschwang it is possible to cross several peaks of the Hörnergruppe in winter with touring skis or on snowshoes. The tour is called the Allgäu Horn Tour. In summer, the small horn tour leads from the mountain station of the World Cup Express on a panoramic path over the Ofterschwanger Horn, Sigiswanger Horn , Rangiswanger Horn and Weiherkopf to the mountain station of the Hörnerbahn. The big horn tour also leads over the Großer Ochsenkopf, the Riedberger Horn and the Bolsterlanger Horn .

ADAC tourism award

In 2010, Ofterschwang was awarded the ADAC Tourism Prize by the ADAC for the product “ Good things from the village ” .


Ofterschwanger Horn

On the local mountain, the Ofterschwanger Horn, artificial snow is produced over a length of 15,000 meters; it is the longest snow-making system in Germany. A modern 8-seater gondola lift, a modern 6-seater chair lift, a 4-seater chair lift as well as 1 drag lift and 2 children's lifts open up 17 km of slopes that are groomed by various snow groomers.

Alpine Ski World Cup

As a ski world cup location, Ofterschwang is an irregular organizer of world cup races in the slalom and giant slalom disciplines . The first race took place in 1999 and was a men's giant slalom that Stephan Eberharter won. The next day there was a men's slalom, since then only women's races have been held.

date discipline 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
March 10, 2013 slalom SloveniaSlovenia Tina Maze SwitzerlandSwitzerland Wendy Holdener United StatesUnited States Mikaela Shiffrin
March 9, 2013 Giant slalom AustriaAustria Anna Fenninger SloveniaSlovenia Tina Maze GermanyGermany Viktoria Rebensburg
March 4, 2012 slalom CanadaCanada Erin Mielzynski United StatesUnited States Resi Stiegler AustriaAustria Marlies shield
March 3, 2012 Giant slalom GermanyGermany Viktoria Rebensburg United StatesUnited States Lindsey Vonn SloveniaSlovenia Tina Maze
March 2, 2012 (1) Giant slalom GermanyGermany Viktoria Rebensburg SloveniaSlovenia Tina Maze ItalyItaly Irene Curtoni Elisabeth Görgl
March 7, 2009 slalom FranceFrance Sandrine Aubert SwedenSweden Frida Hansdotter AustriaAustria Nicole Hosp
March 6, 2009 Giant slalom AustriaAustria Kathrin Zettel AustriaAustria Elisabeth Görgl FinlandFinland Tanja Poutiainen
January 27, 2008 slalom AustriaAustria Marlies shield SwedenSweden Therese Borssén AustriaAustria Nicole Hosp
January 26, 2008 Giant slalom ItalyItaly Denise Karbon AustriaAustria Nicole Hosp AustriaAustria Elisabeth Görgl
February 5, 2006 slalom CroatiaCroatia Janica Kostelić AustriaAustria Kathrin Zettel AustriaAustria Marlies shield
February 4, 2006 Giant slalom SwedenSweden Anja Pärson María José Rienda
United StatesUnited States Julia Mancuso
February 3, 2006 Giant slalom SpainSpain María José Rienda SwedenSweden Anja Pärson AustriaAustria Kathrin Zettel
January 26, 2001 slalom CroatiaCroatia Janica Kostelić United StatesUnited States Kristina Koznick SwitzerlandSwitzerland Sonja Nef
February 28, 1999 slalom NorwayNorway Finn Christian Jagge AustriaAustria Thomas Stangassinger NorwayNorway Kjetil André Aamodt
February 27, 1999 Giant slalom AustriaAustria Stephan Eberharter AustriaAustria Hans Knauß SwitzerlandSwitzerland Michael von Grünigen
(1)Replacement race for Soldeu

Web links

Commons : Ofterschwang  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Panoramic picture with a view from the summit station of the World Cup Express chairlift to the World Cup hut, in the background the
Grünten in the middle

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. ^ Community of Ofterschwang in the local database of the Bavarian State Library Online . Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, accessed on August 15, 2019 .. Only 11 districts are given there. Alpe Eck has only been an official district since the beginning of 2015.
  3. Municipality of Ofterschwang: Our village - figures, data & facts . Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  4. Guests and investors fly to German hotels , Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of May 20, 2016, p. 22.
  5. ^ The tourism prize awarded by the ADAC
  6. ^ Fédération Internationale de Ski : Podiums Ofterschwang . fis-ski.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012.