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Country  Germany
Admin. region  Swabia
Elevation  815 m (2,674 ft)
Population  9,923 (31 Dec 2011)
State  Bavaria
District  Oberallgäu
Time zone  CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Local time  Wednesday 4:23 AM
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Weather  4°C, Wind NW at 10 km/h, 97% Humidity
Points of interest  Nebelhorn, Fellhorn, Söllereck, Allgäu Alps, Kanzelwand

Places to see in oberstdorf germany

Oberstdorf is a municipality and skiing and hiking town in southwest Germany, located in the Allgäu region of the Bavarian Alps. Oberstdorf is one of the highest market towns in Germany. The southernmost point in Germany is located in the municipality.


Map of Oberstdorf, Germany

At the center of Oberstdorf is a church whose tall spire serves as a landmark for navigating around town. The summits of the Nebelhorn and Fellhorn provide dramatic panoramic views of the alps. The Nebelhorn can be reached with a big cable car. Visitors can ride a unique diagonal elevator to the top of the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze.

Germany ex obb class 2143 loco propelling out of oberstdorf station after arriving on alex service

Administrative divisions

Oberstdorf consists of the village of Oberstdorf (813 metres above sea level, survey point by the Roman Catholic church) and five other villages:

  • Kornau , 915 m. In the vicinity is the Söllereckbahn and the Chapel of St. Fabian and St. Sebastian which is rich in art treasures.
  • In Reichenbach (population: 226) is the 450-year-old Chapel of St. James and the Moorwasser swimming pool.
  • The little hamlet of Rubi has 175 inhabitants.
  • Typical of Schöllang are the farm houses around the Baroque onion tower of the parish church. In the vicinity is the 1531 castle church.
  • The village of Tiefenbach takes its name from trees called Bergkiefer. The village lies on a terrace above the Breitach stream. Tiefenbach has a centuries-old spa tradition thanks to its sulphur spring. As early as the late 15th century counts and other high-ranking people convalesced here to cure their illnesses.
  • Valleys

    There is a large number of valleys in the area around Oberstdorf, many of which are not only scenic, but are often starting points for walks in the mountains. The following list shows the main valleys together with their side valleys:

  • Breitach
  • Starzlach
  • Stillach (Stillachtal or Birgsautal)
  • Rappenalpbach (Rappenalptal)
  • Warmatsgundbach (Warmatsgundtal)
  • Iller
  • Oybach (Oytal)
  • Trettach
  • Dietersbach
  • Traufbach
  • Oytal and Dietersbachtal are separated by the Höfats and Rauheck. Gerstruben, Germany's highest village, lies at the entrance to the Dietersbachtal.

    The Rappenalptal is the longest and runs from Germany's southernmost village, Einödsbach, past the Haldenwanger Eck, Germany's southernmost point. At the end of the valley the Schrofen Pass leads to Austria.


    The Allgäu Alps in the area around Oberstdorf attain heights of over 2,600 metres and belong to the Northern Limestone Alps. The best known summits in Oberstdorf are:

  • Fellhorn 2,038 m (Blumenberg of the Allgäu)
  • Himmelschrofen 1,791 m
  • Höfats 2,259 m (the most prominent Allgäu "grass mountain")
  • Kratzer 2,427 m
  • Großer Krottenkopf 2,656 m (highest mountain of the Allgäu Alps)
  • Mädelegabel 2,645 m (lies on the Heilbronn Way)
  • Nebelhorn 2,224 m (with cable car)
  • Rubihorn 1,957 m (local mountain)
  • Schattenberg 1,845 m (by the eponymous ski jump)
  • Schneck 2,268 m (unique shape)
  • Trettachspitze 2,595 m
  • Hoher Ifen 2,230 m
  • Lakes

    There are numerous lakes at various heights around Oberstdorf:

  • Christlessee, drinking water quality, in the Trettach valley
  • Engeratsgundsee, east of the Großer Daumen
  • Freibergsee, bathing lake in the Stillach valley
  • Unterer and Oberer Gaisalpsee
  • Guggersee by the Krumbach Ridgeway
  • Hermannskarsee between the Großer Krottenkopf and the Marchspitze
  • Koblatsee in the Nebelhorn area
  • Laufbichelsee also on the Koblat of the Nebelhorn
  • Moorweiher on the Krappberg
  • Rappensee at 2,047 m
  • Schlappoldsee by the middle station of the Fellhornbahn
  • Seealpsee above the Oytal
  • Sports

    In December, before every New Year, Oberstdorf hosts the first part of the ski jumping Four Hills Tournament on the Schattenberg large hill. There is also a ski flying hill, Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze, about seven kilometres to the south. ABC's Wide World of Sports famously featured the Oberstdorf ski flying hill when Vinko Bogataj fell during his jump in 1970, thus becoming known as "The Agony of Defeat".

    Germany's modern figure skating center was built on the outside of the town. It has three covered rinks and some of them are accessible to the public, for recreational skating. It is a popular destination with European skaters for training camps.

    Oberstdorf hosts the annual Nebelhorn Trophy figure skating competition and has hosted the German Figure Skating Championships twelve times. It has also hosted the 1982, 2000, and 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    Mountain bikers start their Transalp tour in Oberstdorf on the Schrofen Pass to Riva del Garda.

    Notable people

  • The famous alpinist Andreas Heckmair, who participated in the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1938 lived in Oberstdorf until his death in 2005.
  • Gertrud von Le Fort (1876-1971) author, lived in Oberstdorf from 1925 till her death on 1 Nov 1971
  • The ski mountaineer and extreme sports athlete Toni Steurer was born in Oberstdorf.
  • The 2010 German Vancouver Olympic Team Members Christina Geiger and Gina Stechert (both Alpine Skiing), David Speiser (Snowboard Cross), Johannes Rydzek (Nordic Combined), Nicole Fessel and Katrin Zeller (both Cross-Country Skiing), Daniel Herberg (Curling) and Michael Neumayer (Ski jumping) live in Oberstdorf
  • The prominent German luthier Florian Jäger lives and works in Oberstdorf.
  • Oberstdorf was home to Chonrad Stoeckhlin (1549–1587), the "Shaman of Oberstdorf", a German herdsman who was accused and executed for the crime of witchcraft after experiencing a series of visions. His is one of the most detailed accounts of witchcraft in the German Alps during the "Burning Times" of the Early Modern Era.
  • Sister cities

  • Megève, France.
  • References

    Oberstdorf Wikipedia