Ellingen is a town in the Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen district, in Bavaria, Germany. It was first mentioned in 899. From 1216 - 1806 it was capital of the Franconian branch of the Teutonic Order and at least for some years residence of the order's grandmaster at the end of 18th century. At the end of WW II Ellingen was bombed by US Airforce although it had no military or industrial importance. The town has a baroque palace, Ellingen Residence, and several other baroque and rococo buildings. The Swabian Rezat (river) flows through Ellingen. Ellingen has a railway station at the Nuremberg - Treuchtlingen - Augsburg line. By Bundesstraßen 2 and 13 it is well connected to Nuremberg (B2), Augsburg (B2), Ingolstadt (B13) and Ansbach (B13).