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Coat of arms of the municipality of Opfenbach
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Coordinates: 47 ° 38 '  N , 9 ° 50'  E

Basic data
State : Bavaria
Administrative region : Swabia
County : Lindau (Lake Constance)
Height : 599 m above sea level NHN
Area : 16.77 km 2
Residents: 2306 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 137 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 88145
Area code : 08385
License plate : LI
Community key : 09 7 76 122
Community structure: 17 parts of the community
Address of the
municipal administration:
Bodenseestrasse 19
88145 Opfenbach
Website : www.opfenbach.de
Mayor : Matthias Bentz ( CSU /Fr.Wsch.-Independent Citizen List)
Location of the municipality of Opfenbach in the district of Lindau (Lake Constance)
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Opfenbach from the north
Opfenbach, in the background the high-altitude Möggers in Vorarlberg

Opfenbach ( westallgäuerisch opf e bach ) is a municipality in the Swabian district of Lindau (Bodensee) .


Opfenbach is located in the Allgäu region , more precisely in the Westallgäu , about 15 kilometers northeast of Lindau (Lake Constance) .

The municipality has 17 officially named municipal parts (the type of settlement is given in brackets ):

The wilderness Hammerschmiede and Kleyenmühle are not officially named districts.

The Opfenbach rises near the main town of the same name and drains over the Schutzbach into the Leiblach .


Until the church is planted

At Opfenbach and Mellatz there were remains of Roman burgi , tower-like buildings that were erected to reinforce the border fortifications between the forts at a distance of about 1.5 to 2 kilometers, with an almost square base area of ​​ten to twelve meters on each side.

Opfenbach was part of the Austrian rule Bregenz-Hohenegg . During the Thirty Years' War the Swedish church and rectory burned down in 1632 and in the following years the plague raged in the village. Since the peace treaties of Brno and Pressburg in 1805 , the place has belonged to Bavaria . In the course of the administrative reforms in Bavaria, today's municipality was created with the municipal edict of 1818.

Population development

  • 1970: 1879 inhabitants
  • 1987: 1952 inhabitants
  • 1991: 2154 inhabitants
  • 1995: 2145 inhabitants
  • 2000: 2196 inhabitants
  • 2005: 2209 inhabitants
  • 2010: 2312 inhabitants
  • 2015: 2278 inhabitants

Between 1988 and 2018 the municipality grew from 2,014 to 2,290 by 276 inhabitants or by 13.7%.



Matthias Bentz (CSU / Free Voters / Independent Citizens of Opfenbach) has been mayor since 2008.

coat of arms

The Opfenbach coat of arms shows the body of a gold-horned red unicorn in silver over a green cross stream.

Architectural monuments

Economy and Infrastructure

Economy including agriculture and forestry

According to official statistics, in 1998 there were no employees subject to social insurance contributions in the manufacturing industry or in the trade and transport sector at Opfenbach, and 110 people in other economic sectors. There were a total of 711 employees at the place of residence subject to social security contributions. There was no manufacturing business, and two major construction businesses. In 1999 there were also 62 farms with an agriculturally used area totaling 1010 hectares, of which 1001 hectares were permanent green space. The company Sito International produced the pot cleaners for Schlecker's brand "AS Home" in Opfenbach .


The Opfenbach stop was on the Munich – Lindau railway line . The trains now pass without stopping.


The following institutions existed in 2012:

  • Day care center for children: 85 places used by 87 children (one under three years of age, 53 between three and under six years of age, 33 between six and under eleven years of age)
  • Elementary schools: an elementary school with four teachers and 95 students
  • Seminary in Wigratzbad (see Society of St. Peter )


In the district of Mywiler, there is a combined swing golf and soccer golf course with 18 lanes on a 1.5 hectare site .

Place of prayer

In the Wigratzbad part of the community there is a Catholic place of prayer with a retreat house . After a private revelation by Antonie Rädler in a small chapel ("Gnadenkapelle"), the place of prayer gradually developed up to the construction of the Atonement Church in modern red steel architecture (architect Gottfried Böhm ). In Wigratzbad the Mother of God is venerated under the attribute of Our Lady of Victory ; the Church of Atonement is consecrated to the most sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary. The mortal remains of Antonie Rädler and the long-time pilgrim chaplain Father Johannes Schmid CP, who has a reputation for holiness, rest in their own crypt.

In addition to the seminary, Wigratzbad is also the seat of the German district of the St. Petrus Society . The station K-TV is also based here.


The Belarusian mathematician , physicist , chemist and rocket researcher Barys Kit stayed in Opfenbach / Mywiler after his escape from the Soviet Union in 1944.


  • Veronika Fink: From the notes of the Opfenbach elementary school teacher and chronicler 1945–1948 . In: Official Gazette of the municipality of Opfenbach No. 16–24, 2015.
  • Eugen Kleiner: The Welfen and Hohenstaufen , history of Beuren-Opfenbach, 1965.
  • Eugen Kleiner: Chronicle of the parish Opfenbach , 1966.
  • Eugen Kleiner: History about Beuren, Opfenbach municipality. In: Westallgäuer Heimatblätter, Vol. 13, 1976, pp. 27-28.
  • Eugen Kleiner: From the history of the municipality of Opfenbach. 1980. Compiled by Günter Huber.
  • Eugen Kleiner: From the history of the municipality of Opfenbach. In: 200 Years of the Opfenbach Music Band, 26. – 29. July 1985.
  • Ulrich Kuhn: Opfenbach at war - everyday life in an Allgäu rural community during the Second World War .
  • Josef Lau: Local history of Opfenbach. 1932.
  • Hugo Schnell : Opfenbach / Allgäu - local and parish history , church guide, Schnell & Steiner publishing house, Munich, 1976.

Web links

Commons : Opfenbach  - 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. ^ Municipality of Opfenbach in the local database of the Bavarian State Library Online . Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, accessed on August 18, 2019.
  3. The Romans on Lake Constance and Allgäu . P. 13–16, here P. 14. In: Werner Dobras: Chronologie des Landkreis Lindau . W. Eppe Verlag, 1985. ISBN 3890890040
  4. Boris Kit on the Belarusian Archives website