The Allgäu (pronounced [ˈalɡɔʏ̯]) is a region in Swabia in southern Germany. It covers the south of Bavarian Swabia, southeastern Baden-Württemberg and parts of Austria. The region stretches from the prealpine lands up to the Alps. The main rivers flowing through the Allgäu are the Lech and Iller. Allgäu is not an administrative unit.

It is sub-divided into the following regions:

The Allgovian area is notable for its beautiful landscapes and is popular for vacations and therapeutic stays.[1] It is well known in Germany for its farm produce, especially dairy products including Hirtenkäse ("herdsman's cheese") and Bergkäse ("hill cheese"), a generic alpine product also from Austria and Switzerland. Besides tourism and dairy products, another important economic sector is the building of industrial equipment and machines. Fendt tractors, developed and produced in Marktoberdorf are one of the most famous products of the region.

"Allgovia" is occasionally used as a synonym for the region. The alpine regions of the Allgäu rise over 2,000 metres in altitude and are popular for winter skiing. The world-renowned castle of Neuschwanstein is in the eastern part of the Allgäu.


Map of the Allgäu. RED: Cities in Bavaria, YELLOW: Cities in Austria, PINK: Cities in Baden-Württemberg

The Allgäu is dominated in the south by the Allgäu Alps, which are not part of the Allgäu themselves. The Allgäu is formed by mainly glaciers and glacial debris. Many hills and lakes are remains of former glaciers.

Allgäu as seen from a hot air balloon

Notable people


  1. Its scenic countryside can been seen in Asmus, C. and Bufe, S. "Dampflokomotiven im Allgau" (1977, Hermann Merker).

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Allgäu.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Allgäu.

Coordinates: 47°45′N 10°10′E / 47.750°N 10.167°E / 47.750; 10.167

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/19/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.