Buchloe

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Buchloe
Coat of arms of Buchloe
Coat of arms
Buchloe   is located in Germany
Buchloe
Buchloe
Coordinates: 48°2′15″N 10°43′30″E / 48.03750°N 10.72500°E / 48.03750; 10.72500Coordinates: 48°2′15″N 10°43′30″E / 48.03750°N 10.72500°E / 48.03750; 10.72500
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Schwaben
District Ostallgäu
Municipal assoc. Buchloe
Government
 • Mayor Josef Schweinberger
Area
 • Total 36.16 km2 (13.96 sq mi)
Elevation 627 m (2,057 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 12,076
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 86807
Dialling codes 08241, 08246
Vehicle registration OAL
Website www.buchloe.de

Buchloe (German pronunciation: [buːxˈloːə]) is a community raised to city status in 1954, lying in Ostallgäu district in Bavaria. Together with the neighbouring communities of Jengen, Lamerdingen and Waal, Buchloe belongs to the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft ("administrative community") of Buchloe.

Geography and transport[edit]

Buchloe lies right on Bundesautobahn 96 (Munich–Buchloe–MemmingenLindau) with interchanges with Bundesstraße ("Federal Highway") 12 (Lindau by way of Munich and Passau to Philippsreut) and describes itself as the "Gateway to the Allgäu". Buchloe station is an important railway hub for the Munich–Kempten– Lindau line on the Allgäu line (KBS 970) and for the Augsburg–Buchloe and the Buchloe–Memmingen lines with their IC services and direct services into Switzerland by EC.

Coat of arms[edit]

Buchloe has quite a simple coat of arms, being a shield, party per pale, gules and argent. It was bestowed on the town officially in 1834, although it is based on a much earlier design that was already in use about 1500. The colours are those of the State of Augsburg, to which Buchloe belonged from 1311 to 1803, when it was absorbed into Bavaria. In the late nineteenth century, Buchloe assumed a different coat of arms, still a party per pale (i.e. a shield split straight down the middle) and silver on the right half, but gold on the left half with two leafy twigs – likely meant to be beech as the town's name comes from Buche, the German word for beech – twined about each other to form an emblem shaped rather like a section sign ("§"). In 1950, however, the original arms were officially restored.[1]


Town development[edit]

Amalgamation[edit]

In 1971 and 1972, the communities of Lindenberg and Honsolgen mit Hausen were amalgamated into Buchloe.

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Heimatmuseum Buchloe [2]

South of Buchloe is the Buchloe people's observatory, at which there are regular observations of the heavens.

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

Erwin Neher, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1991, grew up in Buchloe.

Economy[edit]

A well known business in the town is the car manufacturing company Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH und Co. Another is the Huber Karwendel Works, which makes the well known Exquisa cream cheese. Furthermore, the Moksel Group has its headquarters in Buchloe.

Security[edit]

Buchloe has a police station and a volunteer fire brigade with various fire engines. Within the town are also found a Bavarian Red Cross office, a chapter of the Wasserwacht ("Water Watch", or lifeguard service) and the hospital St. Joseph.

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