Meitingen

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Meitingen
Coat of arms of Meitingen
Coat of arms
Meitingen   is located in Germany
Meitingen
Meitingen
Coordinates: 48°32′N 10°50′E / 48.533°N 10.833°E / 48.533; 10.833Coordinates: 48°32′N 10°50′E / 48.533°N 10.833°E / 48.533; 10.833
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Schwaben
District Augsburg
Government
 • Mayor Michael Higl (CSU)
Area
 • Total 29.87 km2 (11.53 sq mi)
Elevation 433 m (1,421 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,804
 • Density 360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 86405
Dialling codes 08271
Vehicle registration A
Website www.markt-meitingen.de

Meitingen is a market town in the district of Augsburg, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Lech, 20 km (12 mi) south of Donauwörth, and 21 km (13 mi) north of Augsburg.

History[edit]

Meitingen was firstly mentioned in a certificate in 1231. Since the German Mediatisation Meitingen belongs to Bavaria in 1803. In 1844 the railroad line Augsburg-Nürnberg arrived Meitingen. The construction of the Lech-channel determined series of flooding caused by the river Lech. In 1928 the Catholic priest Dr. Max-Josef Metzger founded the Christkönigshaus. Because of his dedication in the international peace movement he was a thorn in the Nazi's flesh. He got murdered after a denunciation in Brandenburg-Görden in 1944. His corps rests at the local graveyard. His gravestone, a memorial tablet at the Christkönigshaus, the name of a street and of the secondary school remember his dedication. With the construction of the hydro-electric power plant of the Lech-channel the industrialization of Meitingen started. Until 1972 Meitingen was a part of the district of Wertingen but because of local government reforms Erlingen, Herbertshofen, Ostendorf, Langenreichen and Waltershofen became a part of Meitingen. In succession of the growth and the importance for the environs Meitingen became a market town in 1989.

Districts[edit]

Neighbor communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

There are 24 seats in the town council:

  • Christian-Social Union of Bavaria (CSU): 9 seats
  • Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD): 3 seats
  • Freie Lechtaler Wählergemeinschaft (FLW): 4 seats
  • Freie Wähler Gruppe Meitingen (FWG): 2 seats
  • Unpolitische Wahl-Gemeinschaft (UWG): 3 seats
  • Junge Bürger Union (JBU): 2 seats
  • Freie Wählergemeinschaft (FWGem): 1 seat

Emblem[edit]

The emblem shows a silver bear with a golden necklace and a silver river on a red background. The emblem was extracted from the heraldic figure of the old nobility of Meitingen. Instead of a black bear on a golden background, the colours white and black were chosen to show the former belonging to Burgau. In the emblem of Burgau the colours red and white are dominating.

Sister city[edit]

Pouzauges, Vendée, France

There is an exchange program which contains that every year pupil from France visit the secondary school of Meitingen.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

The SGL Carbon Company has an office in Meitingen. This company produces ceramic brake disks and graphite electrodes. Furthermore the SGL Carbon Company is listed in the MDAX.

Traffic[edit]

Through Meitingen goes the federal highway 2, B2, between Augsburg and Donauwörth. In addition there is a railroad connection between Augsburg and Donauwörth which passes through Meitingen.

Education[edit]

In Meitingen there are following schools:

  • Elementary school
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school (Dr.Max-Josef-Metzger Schule)

Sports[edit]

Meitingen has a sports club, the TSV Meitingen. This club includes different types of any sport.

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