|• Mayor||Hubert Buhl|
|• Total||20.982 km2 (8.101 sq mi)|
|Elevation||750-1,100 m (−2,860 ft)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Sonthofen is the most southerly town of Germany, located in the Oberallgäu region of the Bavarian Alps. Neighbouring Oberstdorf is situated 14 km farther south but is not classified as a town. Sonthofen is located at . In 2005, Sonthofen was awarded "Alpenstadt des Jahres" (Alpine city of the year).
In World War II Sonthofen was bombed twice because Adolf Hitler had built the Ordensburg Sonthofen where young boys were trained for service in Nazi Party organizations. The "Ordensburg" was not destroyed in the war and from 1946 to 1948 it was home to the United States Constabulary school and from 1956-2009 the German Bundeswehr located its Military Police (Feldjäger) and Staff Service School there. The German Army's NBC Defence School (ABC-Abwehr- und Selbstschutzschule) is located in another barracks in Sonthofen.
- Eugen Albrecht - (1872-1908), pathologist
- Michael Buthe - artist
- Philip Bester - Canadian tennis player, was born in Sonthofen
- Michael Endres - pianist
- Hardy Krüger - actor, spent his childhood in Sonthofen
- Robert Schraudolph - artist
- W. G. Sebald - writer, lived in Sonthofen from 1948 to 1963 
Awards and Associations
- Together with other Alpine towns Sonthofen engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Sonthofen was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2005.
- "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). 31 December 2012.
- Rößle, Alex. "Der Schriftsteller Winfried G. Sebald". Oberstdorfs Online-Führer (in German). Retrieved 2013-08-28.
- Sonthofen.de Official Sonthofen website, partly English
- History of Sonthofen
- - alpine city of the year
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