Sontheim, Bavaria

Sontheim is a municipality in the Swabian district of Lower Allgäu.

  • 2.1 Amalgamations
  • 2.2 Population development
  • 3.1 Coat of Arms
  • 3.2 flag
  • 3.3 community partnerships
  • 4.1 monuments
  • 5.1 economy, including agriculture and forestry
  • 5.2 Road Access
  • 5.3 Education and Social


Sontheim is located about 15 km east of Memmingen in the Danube -Iller region in central Bavaria.

Expansion of the municipal area

The municipality consists of the districts Sontheim and Attenhausen.

The municipality Sontheim include the eight officially designated community Parts Sontheim, Attenhausen, mining, Grabus, high Stetten, Lauber, Lindenhöf and Ziegler. The place name Lindenhöf was only granted on 10 July 2000 by decision of the District Office Unterallgaeu. Only Attenhausen located in the same district, the remaining districts in the district Sontheim. Official maps show still other districts such as Bach Weber ( district Sontheim ) or wood Bauer ( district Attenhausen ).


Sontheim was first documented in 838 and belonged to the kingdom of pin Ottobeuren. Since the Imperial Diet of 1803 the place belonged to Bavaria. In the course of administrative reform in Bavaria, was born with the congregation of 1818 the municipality Sontheim.


On 1 May 1978 the course of municipal reform the southwestern neighboring community Attenhausen was incorporated, which consisted only of the village of the same name. Thus, the municipal area grew by 962.59 acres, and the population at 626 inhabitants ( 1970 census ).

Population Development


Mayor is German Fries ( CDU) The municipal tax revenue in 1999 amounted to the equivalent of 890,000 euros, of which amounted to the trade tax revenues ( cash) converted 140,000 euros.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was approved on 12 November 1974, the Government of Swabia.

Blazon: "With a silver Schrägfluß shared by black and green; above a golden rose, two slanting down, diagonally crossed golden ears. "

The top panel reminded by tincture and rose to the crest of the monastery Ottobeuren, the church from the 12th century belonged to his dominions until 1803. The location of the village on the Günz is indicated by the wave beam, while referenced by the ears of corn on the fact that the local, dominated by agriculture agriculture on the border with Allgäu grassland management is.

The coat of arms was designed by the district curator Aegidius Kolb and designed by heraldist Max Reinhart of Passau.


The flag is yellow - green striped with applied coat of arms.

Community partnerships

Sontheim maintains a partnership with the Swiss municipality in the canton of Aargau Abtwil.

Culture and sights

The parish church of St. Martin comes the most essential areas from the 15th century and was remodeled in 1762 Baroque. In the buildings of the former steam-powered sawmill Sontheimer, the Dampfsäg, markets, theaters, cabaret and theater performances as well as industrial fairs are held regularly. The ensemble of the sawing operation is well preserved. In the main hall in 1917 executed in wood is one of the last self-supporting arched halls in Central Swabia and the neighboring Allgäu. Built in the second half of the 15th century Gasthaus Adler in Sontheim is one of the oldest cultivated guest houses in the area.


Economy and infrastructure

Economy, including agriculture and forestry

There were 1998 in the field of agriculture and forestry ten, 162 in manufacturing and in trade and transport 17 persons work at the workplace. In other areas, 35 people were employed social insurance at the workplace. Social insurance contributions at residence, there were a total of 857 in the manufacturing sector there were 23, in the construction of five plants. In addition, in 1999, there were 77 farms with an agricultural area of 1,522 ha, of which 319 ha of arable land and 1,203 ha of permanent grassland.

Transport links

Sontheim located near the federal highway 96, the Federal Highway 7 can also be reached in a short time.

The web offers approximately hourly connections on the route Augsburg- Lindau, Memmingen and where Buchloe are the nearest nodes for connection in Munich, Oberstdorf or Ulm.

Sontheim continues to be in the catchment area of the airfield Memmingen. The expansion of the air base of 2003 resolved Fighter Bomber Wing 34 to passenger airport is completed. Here scheduled or charter flights are already available.

Education and Social

In both districts kindergartens exist. The dreigruppige Sontheimer kindergarten is currently of 66, the branch rough Attenhauser kindergarten of 30 children attended (as of 2005).

Originally, there were two districts in their own primary schools. After decline in pupil numbers, the Attenhausener school was temporarily closed completely. With increasing class sizes in the late 1990s, the Attenhausener school was reactivated. At the elementary school Sontheim currently teach 8 teachers and 4 specialist teachers with training three vintages in Sontheim and for a year in Attenhausen is granted. A total of 154 children currently attend primary school, 35 of which are taught in Attenhausen and 119 in Sontheim (as of 2005).

The nearest secondary school is located in Erkheim. Secondary schools can be visited in the cities of Memmingen, Mindelheim or the market town Ottobeuren.


Parish Church

Church interior in the late Baroque

Half-timbered house