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

Location Edit

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.

Landmarks Edit


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 late 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. The officer described how someone could walk to the 'Ramsen salient' where the Swiss border juts into German territory. 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]

Transport Edit

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

Twin towns – sister cities Edit

Singen is twinned with:[4]

Notable people Edit

References Edit

  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". (in German). Singen. Retrieved 2021-03-27.

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