Dillingen an der Donau

Dillingen or Dillingen an der Donau (Dillingen at the Danube) is a town in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany. It is the administrative center of the district of Dillingen.

Dillingen an der Donau
King's Street
King's Street
Coat of arms of Dillingen an der Donau
Location of Dillingen an der Donau within Dillingen district
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Dillingen an der Donau is located in Germany
Dillingen an der Donau
Dillingen an der Donau
Dillingen an der Donau is located in Bavaria
Dillingen an der Donau
Dillingen an der Donau
Coordinates: 48°34′N 10°28′E / 48.567°N 10.467°E / 48.567; 10.467
Admin. regionSchwaben
 • Lord mayor (2020–26) Frank Kunz[1] (CSU)
 • Total75.59 km2 (29.19 sq mi)
422 m (1,385 ft)
 • Total19,814
 • Density260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes09071
Vehicle registrationDLG

Besides the town of Dillingen proper, the municipality encompasses the villages of Donaualtheim, Fristingen, Hausen, Kicklingen, Schretzheim and Steinheim.

Schretzheim is notable for its 6th to 7th century Alemannic cemetery, 630 row graves in an area of 100 by 140 metres.

History edit

The counts of Dillingen ruled from the 10th to the 13th century; in 1258 the territory was turned over to the Prince Bishops of Augsburg.[3] After the Reformation, the prince-bishops of Augsburg moved to the Catholic city of Dillingen and made it one of the centers of the Counter-Reformation.

In 1800, during the War of the Second Coalition, the armies of the French First Republic, under command of Jean Victor Moreau, fought Habsburg regulars and Württemberg contingents, under the general command of Pál Kray. Kray had taken refuge in the fortress at Ulm; Moreau diverted his army to approach Ulm from the east and, after a small group of men captured a foothold on the northern bank of the Danube, his forces were able to move against the fortress on both sides of the river. At this battle, the culmination of the Danube Campaign of 1800, Moreau forced Kray to abandon Ulm and withdraw into eastern Bavaria.[4]

A university was established in 1549, but was closed by Napoleon in 1804. The philosophical and theological faculties still existed in the 20th century. In 1971, however, it became a part of the Bavarian Center for the Education and Training of Teachers and Personnel Management (Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung). One of the largest employers in the city is Bosch and Siemens Household Appliances, producer of household appliances.

The Church of the Jesuit University of Dillingen (Donau)

Local council edit

The elections in March 2014 had the following results:[5]

Party Seats
Alliance 90 /The Greens 1
Free voters Bavaria 2
Schretzheimer Liste 2
Wählergemeinschaft Steinheim 2
Wählervereinigung Kicklingen 2
Wählerschaft Fristingen 2
Bürgergemeinschaft Hausen 2
Allgemeine Wählerliste Donaualtheim 1

Notable people edit

Max Joseph Oertel 1890
Sebastian Kneipp
  • Matthias Klostermayr (1736-1771), leader of a gang of robbers, convicted in Dillingen and strangled, then smashed, beheaded and quartered.
  • Johann Michael Sailer (1751-1832), a Catholic theologian, professor of ethics and pastoral theology in Dillingen 1821 Domkapitular and 1822 auxiliary bishop with right of succession, in 1829 Bishop of Regensburg
  • Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854), Catholic theologian
  • Sebastian Kneipp (1821-1897), Catholic priest and hydrotherapist, began in 1848 his studies of theology in Dillingen.
  • Heinz Piontek (1925-2003), writer

See also edit

Twin towns edit

References edit

  1. ^ Liste der ersten Bürgermeister/Oberbürgermeister in kreisangehörigen Gemeinden, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, 15 July 2021.
  2. ^ Genesis Online-Datenbank des Bayerischen Landesamtes für Statistik Tabelle 12411-003r Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes: Gemeinden, Stichtag (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)
  3. ^ Lins, Joseph. "Augsburg." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 2. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. 22 August 2021   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Höchstädt", History of the Wars of the French Revolution: Including Sketches of the Civil History of Great Britain and France, from the Revolutionary Movements, 1788, to the Restoration of a General Peace, 1815, Kuhl, France, 1820, p. 183.
  5. ^ "Mitglieder: Dillingen Donau".

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