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Singen from the Hohentwiel
Singen from the Hohentwiel
Coat of arms of Singen
Coat of arms
Singen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 47°45′46″N 8°50′24″E / 47.76278°N 8.84000°E / 47.76278; 8.84000Coordinates: 47°45′46″N 8°50′24″E / 47.76278°N 8.84000°E / 47.76278; 8.84000
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Konstanz
 • Mayor Bernd Häusler (CDU)
 • Total 61.75 km2 (23.84 sq mi)
Population (2014-12-31)[1]
 • Total 46,344
 • Density 750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 78224
Dialling codes 07731
Vehicle registration KN

Singen is an industrial city in the very south of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany and just north of the German-Swiss border.


Singen is an industrial city situated in the very south of Baden-Württemberg in Germany close to Lake Constance just north of the German-Swiss border and is the most important city in the Hegau area.



The most famous landmark of Singen is Hohentwiel, a volcanic stub on which there are the ruins of a fortress destroyed by French troops during the Napoleonic Wars.

World War 2 'Singen route'[edit]

Singen is notable in military history for the Singen route in World War II. This route into Switzerland was discovered by Dutch naval lieutenant Hans Larive in 1940 on his first escape attempt from an Oflag (prisoner's camp for officers) in Soest. After being captured at the Swiss border near Singen, the interrogating Gestapo officer was so confident the war would soon be won by Germany that he told Larive the safe way across the border. Larive did not forget and many prisoners later escaped using this route - that included Larive himself, Francis Steinmetz, Anthony Luteyn, Airey Neave, Pat Reid and Howard Wardle in their escapes from Colditz Castle when Colditz was used in the war as Oflag IV-C.[2]

Sister cities[edit]

Singen is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

  • Herbert Haag (1915-2001), a Catholic theologian
  • Arthur Kaufmann (lawyer) (1923-2001), lawyer, legal philosopher, professor in Saarbrücken
  • Karl Schmid (historian) (1923-1993), historian, professor in Münster and Freiburg
  • Walter Brown (politician) (* 1930), business administration professor and politician (1969-79 Standing 1979-83 and Minister for Social Affairs of Schleswig-Holstein)
  • Paul Wehrle (bishop) (* 1940), Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Freiburg
  • Wolfgang Hepp (* 1941), an actor (The fallers; Tatort)
  • Roland Benz (biophysicist) | Roland Benz]] (* 1943), biotechnologist, Professor at the University of Würzburg
  • Bertold Siber (* 1943), chef
  • Michael Molls (1944), radiotherapy oncologist and professor at the Munich Technical University
  • Friedemann Hahn (* 1949), artist, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Mainz
  • Rafael Ferber (* 1950), philosopher, professor at the University of Lucerne
  • Knut Folkerts (* 1952), former terrorist Red Army Faction (RAF)
  • Markus Weggenmann (* 1953), painter
  • Manfred Klemann (* 1953), publisher and writer
  • Siegfried Dietrich (* 1954), physicist, Professor, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research
  • Pepe Danquart (* 1955), filmmaker (Oscar winner 1994)
  • Didi Danquart (born 1955), director and filmmaker (Viehjud Levi), a professor at the "Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung" in Karlsruhe
  • Markus Schwendemann (1957-1994), opera singer
  • Klaus Meier panel (* 1958), athlete and Olympian
  • Beatrix Ruf (* 1960), director and curator of the Kunsthalle Zurich
  • Veronika Olma (* 1962), born in Beuren an der Aach, painter
  • Christoph Schnaudige] (* 1963), District Administrator of Karlsruhe
  • Birgit Homburger (born 1965), politician (FDP)
  • Matthias Dinter (* 1968), Writer, Director (German Film Award)
  • Jens Truckenbrod (* 1980), football player


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsentwicklung in den Gemeinden Baden-Württembergs 2014 (Fortgeschriebene amtliche Einwohnerzahlen)" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ Larive; the man who came in from Colditz, Leo de hartog; officieren achter prikkeldraad 1940-1945

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