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Coat of arms of Kaufbeuren
Coordinates 47°52′48″N 10°37′21″E / 47.88°N 10.6225°E / 47.88; 10.6225
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Swabia
District Urban district
Town subdivisions 5 districts
Lord Mayor Stefan Bosse
Basic statistics
Area 40.02 km2 (15.45 sq mi)
Elevation 681-860 m
Population 43,845  (31 December 2005)
 - Density 1,096 /km2 (2,838 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate KF
Postal codes 87571–87600
Area code 08341

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


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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


  • 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.


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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