Singen (Low Alemannic: Singe) is an industrial city in the very south of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany and just north of the German-Swiss border.

Singen
Singen from the Hohentwiel
Singen from the Hohentwiel
Coat of arms of Singen
Location of Singen within Konstanz district
Singen is located in Germany
Singen
Singen
Singen is located in Baden-Württemberg
Singen
Singen
Coordinates: 47°45′46″N 8°50′24″E / 47.76278°N 8.84000°E / 47.76278; 8.84000Coordinates: 47°45′46″N 8°50′24″E / 47.76278°N 8.84000°E / 47.76278; 8.84000
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionFreiburg
DistrictKonstanz
Subdivisions7
Government
 • Lord mayor (2021–29) Bernd Häusler[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total61.75 km2 (23.84 sq mi)
Elevation
429 m (1,407 ft)
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
 • Total48,587
 • Density790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
78224
Dialling codes07731
Vehicle registrationKN
Websitewww.in-singen.de

LocationEdit

Singen is an industrial city situated in the very south of Baden-Württemberg in Germany close to Lake Constance just north of the German-Swiss border and is the most important city in the Hegau area.

LandmarksEdit

 
Hohentwiel

The most famous landmark of Singen is Hohentwiel, a volcanic stub on which there are the ruins of a fortress destroyed by French troops during the Napoleonic Wars.

World War II 'Singen route'Edit

Singen is notable in military history for the Singen route in World War II. This route into Switzerland was discovered by Dutch naval lieutenant Hans Larive in 1940 on his first escape attempt from an Oflag (prisoner's camp for officers) in Soest. After being captured at the Swiss border near Singen, the interrogating Gestapo officer was so confident the war would soon be won by Germany that he told Larive the safe way across the border. Larive did not forget and many prisoners later escaped using this route - that included Larive himself, Francis Steinmetz, Anthony Luteyn, Airey Neave, Pat Reid and Howard Wardle in their escapes from Colditz Castle when Colditz was used in the war as Oflag IV-C.[3]

TransportEdit

Singen is an important regional train hub with three railway lines and the terminal of the Stuttgart-Hattingen railway with connections to Stuttgart and the Swiss Schaffhausen.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Singen is twinned with:[4]

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oberbürgermeisterwahl Singen 2021, Staatsanzeiger.
  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. ^ Larive; the man who came in from Colditz, Leo de hartog; officieren achter prikkeldraad 1940-1945
  4. ^ "Wir in Europa". singen.de (in German). Singen. Retrieved 2021-03-27.

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