Isny im Allgäu

Isny im Allgäu

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Isny im Allgäu

Coordinates: 47°41′31″N 10°2′22″E / 47.69194°N 10.03944°E / 47.69194; 10.03944Coordinates: 47°41′31″N 10°2′22″E / 47.69194°N 10.03944°E / 47.69194; 10.03944
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Ravensburg
  Mayor Rainer Magenreuter (Ind.)
  Total 85.37 km2 (32.96 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 13,602
  Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 88316
Dialling codes 07562
Vehicle registration RV

Isny im Allgäu is a town in south-eastern Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is part of the district of Ravensburg, in the western, Württembergish part of the Allgäu region.

Isny was a Free Imperial City (Freie Reichsstadt) until the mediatisation of 1803.


The tiny Imperial City of Isny was tucked between the counties of Waldburg and Egloff.
Isny before and after the great fire of 1631; St. George's Abbey church is the building with two spires to the right, with the rest of the monastery adjacent. Merian, Topographica Sueviae, 1643–56
Isny im Allgau
Imperial City of Isny in the Allgäu
Reichsstadt Isny im Allgäu
Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire
Capital Isny im Allgäu
Government Republic
Historical era Early modern period
  Abbey founded by Count of Altshausen-Veringen 1096
   Isny gained town rights 1235 1365
  Became Imperial city by purchasing Vogtei from Stewards of Waldburg 1365
  Protestant Reformation 1529
  Abbey gained Imperialimmediacy 1781
   City mediatised and abbey secularised to Princely County of Quadt-Wykradt 1803
  City and abbey mediatised to Kgdm Württemberg 1806
Preceded by
Succeeded by
House of Waldburg
Princely County of Quadt-Wykradt

During the three centuries following its origin in 1042, it was a commercial center controlled and exploited by various competing feudal lords. In the 13th century, Isny's merchants built a fortification system to protect the town from marauders and rival feudal rulers. The town is still partially surrounded by the city walls and moat that were built during these early turbulent times.

After three centuries of domination by feudal lords and territorial rulers, Isny's middle class was able to purchase the town's independence in 1365. Isny's status as an Imperial city made it a self-governing republic in which the city government was elected by propertied residents and in which the guild system thrived. In 1529, Isny's Protestant minority took the city council and voted to make the town Protestant and the Nikolaikirche became the town's main Protestant church. In 1803, the Kingdom of Württemberg allowed the Catholic majority to once again move to the city. In 1889, the majority of urban residents was Catholic (1139 ev / 1444 Cath.).

Isny enjoyed a vibrant economy, based primarily on linen production, until competition from abroad, the devastation of the Thirty Years' War, and a series of fires and plagues brought production to a halt in the 17th century. The town experienced a revival after the end of World War II, when a rehabilitation center for war veterans was established there. Fortunately, Isny emerged from the war largely undamaged, and has since become a popular destination for vacationers and resort-goers.

International relations

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Sons and daughters of the town


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