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Coat of arms of Sonthofen
Coat of arms
Sonthofen is located in Germany
Location of Sonthofen within Oberallgäu district
Sonthofen in OA.svg
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 Christian Wilhelm
 • Total 20.982 km2 (8.101 sq mi)
Elevation 750-1,100 m (−2,860 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 21,529
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/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. It is located in the Oberallgäu region of the Bavarian Alps. Oberstdorf is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) farther south but is not classified as a town. In 2005, Sonthofen was awarded "Alpenstadt des Jahres" (Alpine city of the year).

In World War II Sonthofen was bombed twice. This was because Adolf Hitler had built the Ordensburg Sonthofen in Sonthofen. Young boys were trained there for Nazi Party organisations. Sonthofen was given town rights on 18 August 1963.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). January 2018.