Babenhausen, Bavaria

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Coat of arms of Babenhausen
Coat of arms
Babenhausen  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 48°9′N 10°15′E / 48.150°N 10.250°E / 48.150; 10.250Coordinates: 48°9′N 10°15′E / 48.150°N 10.250°E / 48.150; 10.250
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Schwaben
District Unterallgäu
Municipal assoc. Babenhausen (de)
 • Mayor Theo Lehner (CSU)
 • Total 27.23 km2 (10.51 sq mi)
Elevation 542-567 m (−1,318 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,488
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 87727
Dialling codes 08333
Vehicle registration MN
Website www.babenhausen
Fugger Castle and Sankt Andreas Church overlooking Babenhausen.

Babenhausen is a municipality in the district of Unterallgäu in Bavaria, Germany. It is seat of a municipal association with Egg an der Günz, Kettershausen, Kirchhaslach, Oberschönegg and Winterrieden. The view of Babenhausen is dominated by the Fugger castle, a local attraction with its museum, and the Sankt Andreas Church. It is also seat of the Fuggers, a merchant family from Augsburg, which played an important role during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


Babenhausen was first mentioned in a document related to a boundary conflict in 1237. Municipal rights can be tracked back to 1315, and in 1337, Emperor Ludwig IV. awarded the city with the town charter of Ulm. Babenhausen finally lost its municipal rights after the Rottweiler verdict in 1466. The castle and its lordship were purchased by Anton Fugger in 1539. Babenhausen became an Imperial Principality in 1803. As an effect of the Rheinbund act, the city was integrated into the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1806. The castle is still today owned by the prince Fugger of Babenhausen.

Babenhausen was connected to the railway in 1894 (Illertalbahn), but local public transportation on this route was discontinued in 1964. The railway embankment now provides a bicycle path. Today the town is known as Markt Babenhausen.

Babenhausen and the Fugger Castle


External links[edit]

  • Fugger – Official Fugger family website with information on the museum in Babenhausen (in German)