Dillingen (district)

The district of Dillingen an der Donau, officially the district of Dillingen adDonau, is a district in the north of the Bavarian administrative region of Swabia. Neighboring districts are in the north of the district of Donau -Ries in the east and southeast of the district of Augsburg, in the southwestern district of Günzburg and in the west of Baden-Württemberg district of Heidenheim.

  • 3.1 Kreistag
  • 3.2 Coat of Arms
  • 4.1 traffic


The circular area is marked by the Danube, which flows through it from the southwest to the northeast for a distance of 27 km. The river created a now a nature reserve with floodplain forests. Man created numerous lakes. South of the river, the Danube Ried spreads, which was often flooded to river regulation in the 19th century. Today it is used as meadows and pastures, at its edges propagates a fertile farmland. Further south, the hills of the valley close cooperation that is a member of Augsburg Western Woods to the nature park. The cooperation is a small right tributary of the Danube, which flows south of the Danube Wörth.

On the left bank of the Danube, the northern district area Dillingen still share in the foothills of the Swabian Alb and its foreland.


Coming from Wittislingen, the later Counts of Dillingen in the 10th century in the Danube valley settled, with their castle to the center of today's district town of Dillingen on the Danube was.

The Duchy of Bavaria was given the county Dillingen to the Counts of Dillingen. 1268 acquired the Duchy by the Conradine African heritage, the cities Gundelfingen on the Danube, Lauingen and Blenheim on the Danube. From these two acquisitions to this office and later Blenheim District Court sat together. This can also be regarded as the nucleus of the present-day district of Dillingen on the Danube.

The city of Dillingen on the Danube itself was dropped in 1258 as a donation to the diocese and was supported by the bishops of Augsburg later than the 15th century city of residence. Since 1505 the Bavarian part of the present county part of the Principality of Pfalz- Neuburg was ( " Young Palatinate " ), this was Lauingen as his second residence. Wertingen came in 1700 to the Electorate of Bavaria, which finally in 1768 established a district court in Wertingen.

The region of the two Altlandkreise Wertingen and Dillingen on the Danube, which were composed of larger and many smaller religious and secular areas, was reorganized at the beginning of the 19th century. The individual dominions were removed and added to the Kingdom of Bavaria.

The district court Dillingen on the Danube in 1804 set up. Together with the 1803 built district court Blenheim on the Danube in 1808 it came to the Upper Danube circle. 1809 was the district court Lauingen. These three county courts were in 1838 assigned to the newly formed administrative region of Swabia and 1862 they have been administratively merged with the county office Dillingen on the Danube. To the east of present-day district of Dillingen, the district court Wertingen in 1804 arose from the district in 1862, the same county Wertingen arose. 1878 separated the city from Dillingen on the Danube from the district of Dillingen and was an immediate circular city. In 1929, the district office Wertingen increased by resolution of the District Office Zusmarshausen to some communities. The two district offices Dillingen and Wertingen were from 1 January 1939 in District Offices, renamed the associated districts in counties. Dillingen in 1940 had his circle of freedom to give up and was incorporated into the district of Dillingen, but this was reversed in 1949.

As part of local government reform in Bavaria on June 1, 1972, the district of Dillingen on the Danube was formed in its present form. At that time, from the previous district of Dillingen on the Danube, the independent city of Dillingen on the Danube and the western half of the county Wertingen formed on the Danube, the new district of Dillingen (the eastern part of the district Wertingen came time for the district of Augsburg ). The community Tapfheim was delivered to the district of Donau -Ries. The city of Dillingen on the Danube was awarded the status of a district town due to loss of freedom circle. Since the municipal reform of 1978, the district of Dillingen on the Danube consists of 27 cities, towns and municipalities ( previously 78). Four of these are united communities, the others are member communities of six administrative communities.

On October 19, 1973 the new district of Dillingen on the Danube were given a new coat of arms.

Population Development

The district of Dillingen on the Danube won 1988-2008 almost 14,000 residents added or increased by 17%. As of 2005, the trend was declining.

The following numbers refer to the territorial status of 25 May 1987.


As a district administrator acts since 2004, the former mayor of Buttenwiesen, Leo Schrell. The former incumbent, Dr. Anton Dietrich died suddenly in the spring of 2004, whereby elections were due. Schrell, since his mayoral CSU member, moved to a internal party defeat by Georg Winter to the outdoor constituents on whose nomination he was in the first round against Georg Winter (CSU ) and Bernd Steiner ( SPD) was able to prevail.

In the district election 2010 Schrell sat with 83.67 % against by Bettina Merkl - Decorators ( Green ), which came to 16.33%.


The district council elections in 2008 brought the following distribution of seats ( total 60 seats):

  • CSU 24 seats
  • SPD 10 seats
  • FW 12 seats
  • FDP 4 seats
  • Future 4 seats
  • GREEN 3 seats
  • REP 3 seats

Coat of arms

The awarded on October 19, 1973 coat of arms of the district of Dillingen an der Donau is inspired by the county 's history.

The former county of Dillingen, the bailiwick of Blenheim and the former district of Dillingen an der Donau is symbolized by the top field with the golden lions. The black Staufer lion in the middle part of the emblem indicates, the additional area of ​​the former district Wertingen out while the lower blue box the golden lily receives from the City Arms of Dillingen and indicating that the previously independent city was incorporated and given the present-day district its name has.

Economy and infrastructure


The " main artery " of the district of Dillingen on the Danube is the federal highway 16, which runs through the county from southwest to northeast and connects it to the district towns Günzburg and Donauwörth the two neighboring counties. The B 16 connects the cities Gundelfingen, Lauingen, Dillingen and Blenheim. Through the district of Dillingen leads no highway, but the A 8 and A 7 are conveniently located.

The circuit runs through the east-west direction, the Donautalbahn Donauwörth - Günzburg, which was opened in 1876 /77 by the Bavarian State Railroad and are attended by nearly all the major cities in the circle Donauried. In Günzburg and Donauwörth (both not in the district of Dillingen ) is connected to the ICE-/IC-Netz Deutsche Bahn.

In Gundelfingen since 1911 branched off a cross connection by Sontheim - Brenz to Württemberg Brenz Railway Aalen- Ulm.

The city Wertingen in 1905 by a local railway to Mertingen station with mainline Donauwörth - connected Augsburg.

Finally, Built in 1906, the Badische local railways Society The narrow Härtsfeldbahn of eels over Neresheim to Dillingen.

The always small railway network of 68 km in length was cut in half from 1956 to 1981, as einstellten following lines into operation:

The regional bus Augsburg GmbH maintains a network of lines in the district of Dillingen on the Danube. The former county Wertingen is also connected to the Augsburg Transport Association.

Cities and Towns

(Population at 31 December 2012)


Management Communities



Towns and villages of the district before the municipal reform 1971/78

Until the local government reform in 1971/78 the district of Dillingen on the Danube had 75 communities ( see list below). By the year 1927 the then county Dillingen on the Danube called the district still had a community more. In that year the congregation Grundremmingen was reclassified in the district office Günzburg.

In the west and north-west bordering the county of Baden-Württemberg Heidenheim district, in the north of the county Nördlingen, in the north- east by the district of Donau Wörth, in the southeast to the county Wertingen and on the south by the district of Günzburg.

The villages of the district of Dillingen on the Danube in front of the municipal reform 1971/78. The towns that still exist today, are written in bold. All municipalities except Tapfheim, which moved to the district of Donau -Ries belong, continue to the district.

List of county councilors