Memmingen – Printing Europe’s First Bill of Rights
Location: The Gateway to the Allgäu region
Memmingen is located at the river Iller, 50 km south of Ulm and 100 km west of Munich. As the transport hub for Upper and Central Swabia as well as the Allgäu region, it has excellent transport links by road, rail, and air, and the airport is just 2.5 km from the city centre.
Business: Tourism, dairy products, and machines
Although the main industry is tourism, Memmingen, which has an above average rate of economic growth in Bavaria, is inside the wider Munich industrial zone with dairy product processing units and industrial equipment factories nearby.
Culture: Festivals in a theatrical setting
Theatre has a long-standing tradition in Memmingen, and performances are recorded in chronicles dating to the Middle Ages. The St. Martin's church with its 500-year old choir is one of the oldest churches in Upper Swabia, and is the town’s landmark. Built in gothic style and with a height of about 65 metres, it is also the town's highest building. The organ concerts in the churches of St. Martins and St. Josef are famous in the region. The annual "Memminger Meile" Folk Music Festival is always an exciting event for locals and visitors, and during Fischertag (Fisherman's Day), men who were born in the town jump into the Iller River and try to catch trout. The first one to do so is named the Fish King.
Activities: Cycle routes to breathtaking scenery
Like many cities and towns in Germany, Memmingen has a well-developed cycle track network so you can explore the town on two wheels. The more adventurous will want to go beyond the perimeters to check out the Iller-Radweg, a long-distance cycling route leading to Ulm in the north and Oberstdorf in the south. Using Memmingen as a base, you can go "from Memmingen to the foothills of the Alps" by bicycle. Tours to the Allgäu region, known for its beautiful landscapes, together with the Bavarian Alps or Lake Constance are all within reaching distance.