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Coat of arms of Sonthofen
Coat of arms
Sonthofen   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 47°30′57″N 10°16′52″E / 47.51583°N 10.28111°E / 47.51583; 10.28111Coordinates: 47°30′57″N 10°16′52″E / 47.51583°N 10.28111°E / 47.51583; 10.28111
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Schwaben
District Oberallgäu
 • Mayor Hubert Buhl
 • Total 20.982 km2 (8.101 sq mi)
Elevation 750-1,100 m (−2,860 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 21,300
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 87527
Dialling codes 08321
Vehicle registration OA

Sonthofen is the most southerly town of Germany, located in the Oberallgäu region of the Bavarian Alps. Neighbouring Oberstdorf is situated 14 km farther south but is not classified as a town. Sonthofen is located at 47°30′57″N 10°16′52″E / 47.51583°N 10.28111°E / 47.51583; 10.28111. In 2005, Sonthofen was awarded "Alpenstadt des Jahres" (Alpine city of the year).

In World War II Sonthofen was bombed twice because Adolf Hitler had built the Ordensburg Sonthofen where young boys were trained for service in Nazi Party organizations. The "Ordensburg" was not destroyed in the war and from 1946 to 1948 it was home to the United States Constabulary school and from 1956-2009 the German Bundeswehr located its Military Police (Feldjäger) and Staff Service School there. The German Army's NBC Defence School (ABC-Abwehr- und Selbstschutzschule) is located in another barracks in Sonthofen.

Sonthofen was given town rights on 18 August 1963. Sonthofen has 20,990 inhabitants (as of 31 December 2008). It is widely known for its milk and cheese products and as a tourist destination.

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  • Together with other Alpine towns Sonthofen engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Sonthofen was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2005.


  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). June 2016. 
  2. ^ Rößle, Alex. "Der Schriftsteller Winfried G. Sebald". Oberstdorfs Online-Führer (in German). Retrieved 2013-08-28. 

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