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Kaufbeuren
Coat of arms of Kaufbeuren
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Schwaben
District Urban district
Subdivisions 5 districts
Elevation
681-860 m (−2,140.5 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)
 • Total 44,398
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
87571–87600
Dialling codes 08341
Vehicle registration KF
Website www.kaufbeuren.de

Kaufbeuren is an independent town in the Regierungsbezirk of Swabia, Bavaria. The town is completely enclaved within the district of Ostallgäu.

Landmarks

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Kaufbeuren, fruit market
  • Town hall (built 1879–1881)
  • Crescentiakloster (founded 1150)
  • Historic Old Town with partially conserved, historic city wall
  • St.-Martins-Kirche
  • Fünfknopfturm (Five-Button-Tower)
  • St.-Blasius-Kirche
  • Hexenturm
  • Gerberturm
  • Pulverturm
  • Münzturm
  • Sywollnturm
  • Zollhäuschen
  • Stadttheater Kaufbeuren
  • kunsthaus kaufbeuren

Museums

  • Stadtmuseum
  • Feuerwehrmuseum
  • Puppentheater-Museum
  • Isergebirgs-Museum (Neugablonz)

Famous residents

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Alexander Sulzer, ice hockey player
  • Maria Crescentia Höss (1682-1744), nun, beatified 1900, sainted 2001
  • Sophie von La Roche (1730-1807, writer
  • Ludwig Ganghofer (1855-1920), writer
  • Rudolf Roessler (1897-1958), publisher and spy
  • Wilhelm Walcher (1910-2005), physicist
  • Hans Liebherr (1915-1993) master mason, inventor of the mobile tower crane and founder of the international Liebherr Group
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger (born 1929), poet, writer and publisher
  • Walter Riester (born 1943), politician (SPD), Secretary of State for Employment 1998-2002
  • Dieter Hegen, (born 1962), former ice-hockey player
  • Erich Weishaupt (born 1952), ice hockey player
  • Alexander Sulzer, (born 1984), ice hockey player

Kaufbeuren Air Base

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Kaufbeuren Air Base Support Group

The Kaufbeuren Air Base was established as a Luftwaffe station in 1935. When seized by the United States Army in May 1945 at the end of World War II it was discovered to be the final location of Nazi Party's top secret FA signals intelligence and cryptanalytic agency. After serving as a U.S. airbase during the post-war period, the field was ultimately returned to the town, and today serves as a German Air Force training field.

Tänzelfest

The Tänzelfest is a festival, which takes place usually at the end of June. Children re-enact the history of the town in traditional costume. There are a lot of events at this time.

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