Meitingen

Meitingen is a market town in the district of Augsburg, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Lech, 20 km (12 mi) south of Donauwörth, and 21 km (13 mi) north of Augsburg.

Meitingen
Church of Saint Wolfgang
Church of Saint Wolfgang
Coat of arms of Meitingen
Coat of arms
Location of Meitingen within Augsburg district
Meitingen in A.svg
Meitingen is located in Germany
Meitingen
Meitingen
Meitingen is located in Bavaria
Meitingen
Meitingen
Coordinates: 48°32′N 10°50′E / 48.533°N 10.833°E / 48.533; 10.833Coordinates: 48°32′N 10°50′E / 48.533°N 10.833°E / 48.533; 10.833
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionSchwaben
DistrictAugsburg
Government
 • MayorMichael Higl (CSU)
Area
 • Total29.87 km2 (11.53 sq mi)
Elevation
433 m (1,421 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[1]
 • Total11,961
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
86405
Dialling codes08271
Vehicle registrationA
Websitehttps://www.meitingen.de/

HistoryEdit

Meitingen was firstly mentioned in a certificate in 1231. Since the German Mediatisation Meitingen belongs to Bavaria in 1803. In 1844 the railroad line Augsburg-Nürnberg arrived Meitingen. The construction of the Lech-channel determined series of flooding caused by the river Lech. In 1928 the Catholic priest Dr. Max-Josef Metzger founded the Christkönigshaus. Because of his dedication in the international peace movement he was a thorn in the Nazis' flesh. He was murdered after a denunciation in Brandenburg-Görden in 1944. His corpse rests at the local graveyard. His gravestone, a memorial tablet at the Christkönigshaus, the name of a street and of the secondary school remember his dedication.

With the construction of the hydro-electric power plant of the Lech-channel the industrialization of Meitingen started. Until 1972 Meitingen was a part of the district of Wertingen but because of local government reforms Erlingen, Herbertshofen, Ostendorf, Langenreichen and Waltershofen became a part of Meitingen. In succession of the growth and the importance for the environs Meitingen became a market town in 1989.

DistrictsEdit

Neighbor communitiesEdit

PoliticsEdit

There are 24 seats in the town council:

  • Christian-Social Union of Bavaria (CSU): 9 seats
  • Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD): 3 seats
  • Freie Lechtaler Wählergemeinschaft (FLW): 4 seats
  • Freie Wähler Gruppe Meitingen (FWG): 2 seats
  • Unpolitische Wahl-Gemeinschaft (UWG): 3 seats
  • Junge Bürger Union (JBU): 2 seats
  • Freie Wählergemeinschaft (FWGem): 1 seat

Coat of armsEdit

The emblem shows a silver bear with a golden necklace and a silver river on a red background. The emblem was extracted from the heraldic figure of the old nobility of Meitingen. Instead of a black bear on a golden background, the colours white and black were chosen to show the former belonging to Burgau. In the emblem of Burgau the colours red and white are dominating.

Sister cityEdit

Meitingen's sister city is Pouzauges, Vendée, France. Through an exchange program, every year pupils from France visit the secondary school of Meitingen.

Economy and infrastructureEdit

The SGL Carbon Company has an office in Meitingen. This company produces ceramic brake disks and graphite electrodes. The SGL Carbon Company is listed in the MDAX.

TrafficEdit

Through Meitingen goes the federal highway 2, B2, between Augsburg and Donauwörth. There is a railroad connection between Augsburg and Donauwörth which passes through Meitingen.

EducationEdit

In Meitingen there are the following schools:

  • Elementary school
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school (Dr.Max-Josef-Metzger Schule)

SportsEdit

Meitingen has a sports club, the TSV Meitingen. This club includes different types of sport.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). June 2021.