Ostrach

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Ostrach
Coat of arms of Ostrach
Coat of arms
Ostrach   is located in Germany
Ostrach
Ostrach
Coordinates: 47°57′9″N 9°22′53″E / 47.95250°N 9.38139°E / 47.95250; 9.38139Coordinates: 47°57′9″N 9°22′53″E / 47.95250°N 9.38139°E / 47.95250; 9.38139
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Sigmaringen
Government
 • Mayor Christoph Schulz
Area
 • Total 108.93 km2 (42.06 sq mi)
Elevation 611 m (2,005 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,751
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 88354–88356
Dialling codes 07585
Vehicle registration SIG
Website www.ostrach.de

Ostrach is a municipality in the district of Sigmaringen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Geography[edit]

Ostrach lies between the Danube and Lake Constance, about halfway between Sigmaringen and Ravensburg. It lies on the brook of the same name, which passes through a narrow pass between the glacial moraines left by the Rhine Glacier at the end of the last Ice Age. The landscape is hilly and wooded. Abandoned quarries to the north and south of the village of Jettkofen have created small lakes.

History[edit]

The first mention of Ostrach occurs in 851. In the 13th century, the area passed gradually from the Holy Roman Empire into the hands of the monastery of Salem.

On March 21, 1799, the Austrian and French troops fought a battle at Ostrach. In 1803, in the German Mediatisation, Ostrach and Bachhaupten passed into the hands of the house of Thurn und Taxis, and in 1806 they were incorporated into the lands of the house of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.

The railway line Altshausen-Ostrach-Pfullendorf opened in 1875. The last freight train passed through Ostrach on July 31, 2002.

On January 1, 1975, the surrounding villages of Burgweiler (with Dichtenhausen, Hahnennest, Ochsenbach, Waldbeuren, Ulzhausen, Egelreute), Einhart, Habsthal (with Bernweiler), Jettkofen, Kalkreute, Laubbach, Levertsweiler, Magenbuch (with Lausheim), Spöck, Tafertsweiler (with Bachhaupten, Eschendorf, and Gunzenhausen), Wangen, and Wirnsweiler were incorporated into Ostrach.

Mayors[edit]

  • 1975–2007: Herbert Barth (CDU)
  • since 2007: Christoph Schulz (CDU)

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Eduard Schmid (1861-1933), politician (SPD), 1919-1924 Lord Mayor of Munich
  • Reinhold Frank (born 1896-1945), born in today's district Bachhaupten, lawyer, resistance fighter against national socialism, executed after the failed Hitler assassination of 20 July 1944

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