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Blaubeuren - Hammerwerk am Blautopf.JPG
Coat of arms of Blaubeuren
Coat of arms
Location of Blaubeuren
Blaubeuren is located in Germany
Blaubeuren is located in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates: 48°24′43″N 9°47′6″E / 48.41194°N 9.78500°E / 48.41194; 9.78500Coordinates: 48°24′43″N 9°47′6″E / 48.41194°N 9.78500°E / 48.41194; 9.78500
Admin. regionTübingen
 • MayorJörg Seibold
 • Total79.15 km2 (30.56 sq mi)
516 m (1,693 ft)
 • Total12,401
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes07344
Vehicle registrationUL

Blaubeuren is a town in the district of Alb-Donau near Ulm in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

As of December, 2007 it had 11,963 inhabitants.


Geographical location[edit]

The core city Blaubeuren lies at the foot of the Swabian Jura, 16 km west of Ulm.

Neighboring communities[edit]

The city is borders to the north to Suppingen and Berghülen, on the east to Blaustein, in the south to Ulm and Erbach and in the west to Schelklingen and Heroldstatt.


The city Blaubeuren consists of the districts Blaubeuren, Gerhausen, Altental, Asch, Beiningen, Pappelau, Beimerstetten, Sotzenhausen, Seißen, Wennenden, Sonderbuch and Weiler with the core city Blaubeuren and 18 other villages, hamlets, farms and (individual) houses.[2]


Within the town borough are the ruins of a number of castles: Ruck Castle and Blauenstein Castle, Hohengerhausen Castle (in Gerhausen), Günzelburg Castle and Burkartsweiler (both in Seißen), Sirgenstein Castle (in Weiler), and Gleißenburg Castle (in Beiningen).[3]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms for the town shows the so-called Blaumännle (little blue man), a small man dressed in blue on a gold background.

Economy and Infrastructure[edit]


The Merckle group (pharmaceutical industry) is headquartered in Blaubeuren. Also in Blaubeuren is the headquarter of Centrotherm Photovoltaics.


Blaubeuren is located on the Danube Valley Railway from Ulm to Donaueschingen. In hour clock run regional express trains to Sigmaringen and Ulm, and every two hours to Donaueschingen and Titisee-Neustadt. Blaubeuren belongs to the Donau-Iller-Nahverkehrsverbund (DING). Blaubeuren is located on the Bundesstraße 28 between Reutlingen and Ulm. In the city also begins the Bundesstraße 492 to Ehingen. The next junction of the Bundesautobahn 8 from Stuttgart to Munich is 12 kilometers (7 miles) away.


Blaubeuren is the seat of the church district Blaubeuren of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg. The Roman Catholic church Mariä Heimsuchung is located in Blaubeuren and has a branch church in Gerhausen. The New Apostolic Church also has here a municipality.

The Muslim community in Blaubeuren is largely Turkish dominated, originated by the migration of workers since the early 1960s from Turkey.


Near the Blautopf lies the in 1085 founded former monastery Blaubeuren. Blaubeuren also has an old town with many half-timbered buildings. On a rocky mountain was erected in 1926 the "Ruckenkreuz", an 8.40 meter tall memorial cross made of reinforced concrete with a span of 2.80 meters, which commemorates the fallen of the First World War.


The "Urgeschichtliches Museum Blaubeuren" displays archaeological findings, including the Venus of Hohle Fels, the earliest known undisputed example of a depiction of a human being in prehistoric art. Scientific findings, experimental archeology and modern museum education can be found under one roof.

The former bathhouse of the monks in the monastery presents in the basement historic bathing facilities, and on the upper floors the local museum with furniture and objects from Blaubeuren.

Natural monuments[edit]

The most striking sight in Blaubeuren is the Blautopf, a karst spring. The Blautopf is 21 meters deep and one of the deepest and largest sources in Germany, with a flow out of minimum 310l/s and maximum 32000l/s.

Regular events[edit]

Every year takes place in Gerhausen a worldwide unique sled race. In this event occur teams from handlebars and brakeman with their historic slides against each other.

Points of interest[edit]

Notable people from Blaubeuren[edit]

Karl Philipp Conz around 1793
  • Christoph Gottfried Bardili (1761-1808), philosopher
  • Karl Philipp Conz (1762-1827), poet and writer, was a pupil of the monastery school in Blaubeuren
  • Matthäus Hipp (1813–1893), watchmaker and inventor
  • Wilhelm Friedrich von Drescher (1820–1897), Württembergian civil servant
  • Gustav Adolph Bockshammer (1824–1882), Württembegian civil servant
  • Hans Gassebner (1902–1966), painter and graphican
  • Wilhelm Schäfer (1902–1979), politician (NSDAP), district administrator in Crailsheim
  • Wolfgang Schürle (born 1941), politician (CDU), district administrator of Alb-Donau-Kreis
  • Rudolf Hausmann (born 1954), politician, Member of Landtag 1996-2011, (SPD),

Personalities who have worked in Blaubeuren[edit]

  • Adolf Merckle (1934-2009), entrepreneur, founder of the pharmaceutical company Ratiopharm
  • Georg Hiller (born 1946), former mayor and since 2002 honorary citizen of Blaubeuren


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2017". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). 2018.
  2. ^ Hauptsatzung
  3. ^ Das Land Baden-Württemberg. Amtliche Beschreibung nach Kreisen und Gemeinden. Band VII: Regierungsbezirk Tübingen. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, 1978, ISBN 3-17-004807-4, pp. 312–317.

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