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Coordinates: 48°9′19″N 9°28′22″E / 48.15528°N 9.47278°E / 48.15528; 9.47278Coordinates: 48°9′19″N 9°28′22″E / 48.15528°N 9.47278°E / 48.15528; 9.47278
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Biberach
 • Mayor Hans Petermann
 • Total 64.97 km2 (25.09 sq mi)
Elevation 540 m (1,770 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,451
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 88499
Dialling codes 07371
Vehicle registration BC
Website www.riedlingen.de

Riedlingen is a town in the district (Kreis) of Biberach, Baden-Württemberg, in the south-west of Germany. It is one of the destinations of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route. Riedlingen has approximately 10,000 inhabitants.


The town is situated on the Danube river. Furthermore, there it lies in a dale which is created by the extensions of the Swabian Alps. Around Riedlingen there are seven villages which are part of the urban district. These are called Neufra, Daugendorf, Grüningen, Pflummern, Zwiefaltendorf, Zell and Bechingen.


Riedlingen is probably an Alemannic foundation. The first written reference dates back to 835. The medieval city was built 1247-1255, situated east of the hamlet of the Earl of Veringen. It was a typical town with its foundations kept in rectangular and square roads with the market place as the centre.

Even in the late 13th Century the city was in possession of the Habsburgs, but which they pledged later. In 1314 the city belonged to the Counts of Hohenberg, later to the lords of Ellerbach (de) 1384 and finally to the Steward of Waldburg [2]. The Reformation in the 16th Century initially found strong support by the urban population. However, it could not prevail against the Catholic Church's Counter Reformation. From 1654-58 Riedlingen a Capuchin monastery was built. In 1680 the city was claimed by Austria.


In Riedlingen there are many sports clubs, such as the football club TSV Riedlingen which plays in the German "Kreisliga A". The carnival group called "Gole" has many followers. In the town centre there are several bakeries, cafes, and a cinema [1] which acts as a theatre, stage and cafe within the same building.

The writer Ernst Jünger used to live close to Riedlingen in the Jünger-Haus Wilflingen.


The main employers in Riedlingen are the metalworking companies "Silit" and " Feinguss Blank".


Train transportation is served by the Danube Valley Railway.

Famous people from Riedlingen[edit]

In the history of the city Riedlingen only eleven people have been honored so far. Wilfried Steuer and Winfried Aßfalg are the last still living honorary citizen.[2]

  • 1914: Adolf Gröber (1854–1919), Member of the Reichstag and Landtag (Centre Party)
  • 1917: Carl Buz (1853–1919), professor
  • 1926: Franz Xaver Maier (1859–1931), mayor
  • 1953: Theodor Selig (1874–1967), priest
  • 1959: Josef Kohler (1879–1967), tax official
  • 1964: Kilian Fischer (1886–1975), mayor
  • 1967: Franz Zeller (1879–1953), teacher
  • 1967: Odilo Burkart (1899–1979), general director
  • 1981: Albert Burkart (1898–1982), painter
  • 1992: Wilfried control (born 1933), former district counsilior, politician (CDU) and former manager in the energy industry
  • 2010: Winfried Aßfalg, museum director, author, photographer, local historian

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Schweikhard of Helfenstein (1539–1599), president of the Reichskammergericht and there imperial governor of Tyrol, also author, publicist and promoter of the Catholic Reform
  • Andreas von Jerin (1541–1596), Bishop of Breslau
  • Agatha Mahler (-1604), was the last woman executed in a Witch-hunt process
  • Franz Joseph Christian (1739–1798), sculptor
  • Joseph Anton Sauter (1742–1817), religious law expert and university teacher
  • Conrad Graf (1782–1851), piano maker
  • Frederick Miller (1824–1888), founder of the national brewer Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee
  • Adolf Gröber (1854–1919), politician, leader of the Centre Party in the Reichstag
  • Gustav Merk (1874–1954), Catholic priest and archivist
  • Maria Caspar-Filser (1878–1968), painter
  • Willy Missmahl (1885–1964), surgeon
  • Wilhelm Broeckel (1887–1957), bank and association director
  • Josef Keller (pastry) | Josef Keller (1887–1981), confectionerer, considered as one of the inventors of the Black Forest gateau
  • Emil Münch (1891–1961), local politician, 1947-1957 district chief executive in Tettnang
  • Albert Burkart (1898–1982), artist
  • Ludwig Walz (1898–1989), mayor and Righteous Among the Nations
  • Franz Freiherr von Bodman (1908–1945), Obersturmführer and camp doctor in several concentration camps
  • Hans-Peter Missmahl (1920–2008), internist
  • Helmut Schlegel OFM (born 1943), Franciscans, Priest, meditation teacher, author and lyricist of new sacred songs
  • Hans-Peter Mayer (1944), European delegate of the CDU for Niedersachsen
  • Eugen Münch (born 1945), entrepreneur, founder of the Rhön-Klinikum
  • Franz Schmidberger (born 1946), Catholic priest and Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X
  • Wolfgang Schneiderhan (born 1946), officer, former Inspector General of the Bundeswehr
  • Peter Schneider (CDU) (born 1958), politician (CDU), Member of Parliament, President of the Savings Banks Association of Baden-Württemberg
  • Wolfgang Amann (born 1959), 1998-2014 Mayor of Geislingen
  • Thomas Tress (born 1966), CEO of Borussia Dortmund, finance and organization

Those associated with the city[edit]

  • Carp (noble family) #Kaspar of carp to Pflummern and Talheim | Kaspar of carp to Pflummern (1580), the feudal lord of Pflummern
  • Richard Lohrmann (1896–1970), forester and conservationists, led from 1946 to 1961, the Forestry Office Riedlingen
  • John Zwick (around 1496-1542), pastor in Riedlingen 1522 Reformation attempt
  • Ernst Jünger (1895–1998), writer, philosopher, officer and entomologist; died in the district hospital Riedlingen