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Ansicht Messkirch 2012.JPG
Coat of arms of Meßkirch
Coat of arms
Location of Meßkirch within Sigmaringen district
Karte Meßkirch.png
Meßkirch is located in Germany
Meßkirch is located in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates: 47°59′34″N 9°6′45″E / 47.99278°N 9.11250°E / 47.99278; 9.11250Coordinates: 47°59′34″N 9°6′45″E / 47.99278°N 9.11250°E / 47.99278; 9.11250
Admin. regionTübingen
 • MayorArne Zwick
 • Total76.22 km2 (29.43 sq mi)
616 m (2,021 ft)
 • Total8,346
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes07570, 07575, 07578
Vehicle registrationSIG

Meßkirch is a town in the district of Sigmaringen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

The town was the residence of the counts of Zimmern, widely known through Count Froben Christoph's Zimmern Chronicle (1559–1566).


The municipality is composed of following villages and hamlets:

Coat of arms District Inhabitants (2010) Area
Messkirch Meßkirch (main locality)
with Igelswies Igelswies and
5660 2465 ha
Dietershofen Dietershofen
with Buffenhofen
147 405 ha
Wappen Heudorf Heudorf 338 787 ha
Wappen Langenhart Langenhart 235 435 ha
Wappen Menningen Menningen
with Leitishofen
458 916 ha
Rengetsweiler Rengetsweiler 406 505 ha
Ringgenbach Ringgenbach 203 499 ha
Wappen Rohrdorf Rohrdorf 800 1611 ha
The Renaissance castle at Meßkirch

Notable residents[edit]

Meßkirch is the birthplace of composer Conradin Kreutzer, archbishop Conrad Gröber, writer and Georg Büchner Prize winner Arnold Stadler and, most famously, the philosopher Martin Heidegger. Also included are the well-known brewers Johann Nepomuk Schalk and his sons Herrmann and Oscar who began the Schalk Brewery in Newark, New Jersey, the first to bring lager beer to New Jersey.

Master of Meßkirch: Adoration of the Magi, c. 1538

The town's name is also connected with a Renaissance painter whose provisional name is Master of Meßkirch. His Adoration of the Magi can be seen in the church of St. Martin. Katharina von Zimmern (1478-1547), the last abbess of the Fraumünster Abbey in Zürich, was born in Meßkirch.


The Bodenseesender radio transmitter in the nearby village of Rohrdorf was turned off in February 2012.


In 1800, the city was the site of battle of the French Revolutionary Wars.

Campus Galli[edit]

Campus Galli is a project to construct an authentic medieval town with a Carolingian monastery, that is located in woodlands near Meßkirch.


  1. ^ "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2017". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). 2018.

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