Metzingen is a Swabian city with about 22,000 inhabitants, in the state of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany, 30 km (19 mi) south of Stuttgart.
The city is mentioned for the first time in documents from 1075. The cultivation of wine led to a spread of wealth around 1600.
During the Thirty Years' War, Metzingen suffered considerable destruction, and two thirds of the population died of a plague epidemic soon after.
After industrialization, different textile factories were built in Metzingen. In 1859, Metzingen was connected to the railline from Tübingen to Stuttgart.
 Factory outlet
Today, Metzingen is famous for its factory outlets, attracting people from all over the country and even Europe. Hugo Boss, which was founded in Metzingen and still has its headquarters there, started first with its factory outlet and was soon followed by other companies (e.g. Burberry, Reebok, JOOP!, Strenesse, Escada, Bally, Puma, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, etc.) who offer a range of their clothing at reduced prices. Today there are over 80 so-called "outlet-stores".
The town council has 26 seats, of which the CDU has 7. Since the 8th February 2009, Ulrich Fiedler (neutral) is the mayor of Metzingen with 93% of all votes in the second voting.
 International relations
Metzingen is twinned with:
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