Isny im Allgäu

Isny im Allgäu (Low Alemannic: Isny im Allgai) is a town in south-eastern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is part of the district of Ravensburg, in the western, Württembergish part of the Allgäu region.

Isny im Allgäu
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Coat of arms of Isny im Allgäu
Location of Isny im Allgäu within Ravensburg district
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Isny im Allgäu is located in Germany
Isny im Allgäu
Isny im Allgäu
Isny im Allgäu is located in Baden-Württemberg
Isny im Allgäu
Isny im Allgäu
Coordinates: 47°41′31″N 10°2′22″E / 47.69194°N 10.03944°E / 47.69194; 10.03944Coordinates: 47°41′31″N 10°2′22″E / 47.69194°N 10.03944°E / 47.69194; 10.03944
Admin. regionTübingen
 • Mayor (2015–23) Rainer Magenreuter[1] (Ind.)
 • Total85.37 km2 (32.96 sq mi)
704 m (2,310 ft)
 • Total14,518
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes07562
Vehicle registrationRV

Isny was a Free Imperial City (Freie Reichsstadt) until the mediatisation of 1803.


The tiny Imperial City of Isny was tucked between the counties of Waldburg and Egloff.
Isny before and after the great fire of 1631; St. George's Abbey church is the building with two spires to the right, with the rest of the monastery adjacent. Merian, Topographica Sueviae, 1643–56
Isny im Allgau
Imperial City of Isny in the Allgäu
Reichsstadt Isny im Allgäu
StatusImperial City
CapitalIsny im Allgäu
Historical eraEarly modern period
• Abbey founded by Count of Altshausen-Veringen
• Isny gained town rights
1235 1365
• Became Imperial city by purchasing Vogtei from Stewards of Waldburg
• Abbey gained Imperialimmediacy
• City mediatised and abbey secularised to Princely County of Quadt-Wykradt
• City and abbey mediatised to Kgdm Württemberg
Preceded by
Succeeded by
  House of Waldburg
Princely County of Quadt-Wykradt  

During the three centuries following its origin in 1042, it was a commercial center controlled and exploited by various competing feudal lords. In the 13th century, Isny's merchants built a fortification system to protect the town from marauders and rival feudal rulers. The town is still partially surrounded by the city walls and moat that were built during these early turbulent times.

After three centuries of domination by feudal lords and territorial rulers, Isny's middle class was able to purchase the town's independence in 1365. Isny's status as an Imperial city made it a self-governing republic in which the city government was elected by propertied residents and in which the guild system thrived. In 1529, Isny's Protestant minority took the city council and voted to make the town Protestant and the Nikolaikirche became the town's main Protestant church. In 1803, the city was mediatized and became a possession of the Counts of Quadt. In 1806, the city passed to the Kingdom of Württemberg, which allowed the Catholic majority to once again move to the city. In 1889, the majority of urban residents was Catholic (1139 ev / 1444 Cath.).

Isny enjoyed a vibrant economy, based primarily on linen production, until competition from abroad, the devastation of the Thirty Years' War, and a series of fires and plagues brought production to a halt in the 17th century. The town experienced a revival after the end of World War II, when a rehabilitation center for war veterans was established there. Isny emerged from the war largely undamaged, and has since become a popular destination for vacationers and resort-goers.

In the late 1970s, the town commissioned the renowned graphic designer Otl Aicher to create a graphic identity for its tourist board. Aicher responded with a set of 128 black and white pictograms which, while initially controversial, are now regarded as forward thinking and are still used to promote the town.[3]

International relationsEdit

Isny im Allgäu is twinned with:

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

  • 1835, November 26 Wilhelm von Waldburg-Zeil, who was born in Neutrauchburg, † July 20, 1906 Schloss Zeil, politician, member of parliament
  • 1839, April 1, Constantin von Waldburg-Zeil, who was born in Neutrauchburg, † March 25, 1905 in Merano, politician, member of parliament
  • 1841, December 18,Karl Graf von Waldburg-Zeil, † January 30, 1890 on Castle Syrgenstein Explorer
  • 1845, October 17, Franz Ehrle, † March 31, 1934 in Rome, Jesuit and Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • 1865, October 5, Hubert Netzer, † 15 October 1939 sculptor and academy professor
  • 1866, November 19, Jacob Binder, † March 6, 1932, politician (SPD) MdR
  • 1869, September 4, Eugen Felle, † 1934 postcard painter
  • 1887, January 6, Eugene of Quadt to Wykradt and Isny, † October 19, 1940 in Isny, politicians (BVP) MdR, Bavarian economy Minister
  • 1931, May 24, Ernst Mutschler, pharmacologist
  • 1932, April 6, Günter Herburger, writer
  • 1946, May 17, Hartmut Krebs, September 29th 2007, politician (SPD), secretary of state and entrepreneur
  • 1948, February 28, Friedrich Hechelmann, painter
  • 1948, Karl Immler, entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • 1950, Jakob Immler, entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • 1962, April 30, Roberto Capitoni, German-Italian comedian
  • 1962, June 26, Peter Rohwein, German champion ski jumper, former German ski coach
  • 1968 January 4, Roland Pfaus, Actor
  • 1969, June 17, Peter Rist, crooner
  • 1976, Daniel Mark Eberhard, a music teacher and jazz musician.
  • 1976, Manuel Ochsenreiter, journalist
  • 1979, June 5, Eva Stotz, documentary film maker and director
  • 1991, January 12, Robin Lässer, motorcycle racer and German Champion

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Aktuelle Wahlergebnisse, Staatsanzeiger, accessed 14 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2021" [Population by nationality and sex as of December 31, 2021] (CSV) (in German). Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg. June 2022.
  3. ^ Eley, Patrick; Stuhler, Elli; Nazzari, Joy; Hulse, Guy (2017). Otl Aicher's Isny: How a German Town Defied the Postcard Mentality. London: Place Press. ISBN 978-1999823108.

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