Radolfzell am Bodensee is a town in Germany at the western end of Lake Constance approximately 18 km northwest of Konstanz. It is the third largest town, after Constance and Singen, in the district of Konstanz, in Baden-Württemberg.

Centre of the town
Centre of the town
Coat of arms of Radolfzell
Location of Radolfzell within Konstanz district
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Radolfzell is located in Germany
Radolfzell is located in Baden-Württemberg
Coordinates: 47°44′N 8°58′E / 47.733°N 8.967°E / 47.733; 8.967Coordinates: 47°44′N 8°58′E / 47.733°N 8.967°E / 47.733; 8.967
Admin. regionFreiburg
 • Lord mayor (2021–29) Simon Gröger[1] (Ind.)
 • Total58.58 km2 (22.62 sq mi)
398 m (1,306 ft)
 • Total31,582
 • Density540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes07732
Vehicle registrationKN

Radolfzell is a well-known health care town (Mettnau) and an important railway junction of the High Rhine Railway and the Hegau-Ablach Valley Railway (leading to the Stahringen–Friedrichshafen railway). In 1990 Radolfzell was named the Federal Environment Capital City of Germany.


This town developed out of a monastery founded in 826 AD as a "cell" under Bishop Radolf of Verona. The town belonged to the Abbey of Reichenau, then to the house of Habsburg for a long time, and for 40 years was a Free Imperial City. In the centre is the gothic Cathedral of our Dear Lady, dating from the 15th century and decorated in the baroque style in the 18th. One particularly beautiful feature is the Rosary altar by the Zürn brothers and the Master of the House's Altar (1750) which contains the relics of the local Radolfzell saints Theopont, Senesius and Zeno. The "Hausherrenfest" is celebrated in their honour every year on the third Sunday in July, and the next day a famous Water Procession is held, as it has been every year since 1797. The citizens of the nearby village of Moos make a pilgrimage to Radolfzell in picturesquely decorated boats to fulfil an ancient oath. Also, there is the Austrian mansion in the market square, built in stages from the 17th to the 19th century, the knightly hall dating from 1626, and various historical patrician houses.

Radolfzell was the birthplace of the cartographer Martin Waldseemüller's mother.

Cathedral Unserer lieben Frau
Radolfzell View from Höri


(Lord Mayor[further explanation needed] since 1975)

  • Before 1700 Baltasar Feldkirch
  • 1793–1808: Anton Leibes
  • 1808–1814: Josef Hermanuz
  • 1815–1816: Max Frey
  • 1817–1822: Peter Mayer
  • 1823–1825: Josef Grüner
  • 1825–1838: Anton Spachholz
  • 1838–1851: Johann Baptist Mohr
  • 1851–1852: Josef Spachholz
  • 1852–1864: Johann Häusler
  • 1864–1865: Johann Drescher
  • 1866–1867: Dominik Noppel
  • 1867–1880: Josef Anton Vogt
  • 1880–1891: Konstantin Noppel
  • 1891–1894: August Sommer
  • 1894–1902: Franz Mattes
  • 1902–1911: Heinrich Riedlinger
  • 1911–1934: Otto Blesch
  • 1934–1935: Eugen Speer
  • 1935–1942: Josef Jöhle
  • 1942–1945: August Kratt, temp assistant
  • 1945: Otto Blesch
  • 1945–1955: Wilhelm Gohl
  • 1955–1968: Hermann Albrecht
  • 1968–1976: Fritz Riester
  • 1976–2000: Günter Neurohr (1935-2011)
  • 2000–2013: Jörg Schmidt, (born 1960)
  • 2013–2021: Martin Staab (born 1964)
  • 2021–  : Simon Gröger

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Radolfzell am Bodensee is twinned with:[3]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahl 2021, Staatsanzeiger, accessed 3 February 2022.
  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. ^ "Partnerstädte". radolfzell.de (in German). Radolfzell am Bodensee. Retrieved 2021-03-05.
  4. ^ "Scheffel, Joseph Viktor" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 24 (11th ed.). 1911. pp. 315–316.