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Coordinates: 48°29′23″N 9°41′10″E / 48.48972°N 9.68611°E / 48.48972; 9.68611Coordinates: 48°29′23″N 9°41′10″E / 48.48972°N 9.68611°E / 48.48972; 9.68611
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Alb-Donau-Kreis
  Mayor Friedhelm Werner
  Total 69.84 km2 (26.97 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 11,175
  Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 89144–89150
Dialling codes 07333
Vehicle registration UL

Laichingen (Swabian: Loechenge) is a town in the district of Alb-Donau near Ulm in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It has 10,964 inhabitants (2005).


Geographical location

Laichingen is located on the Laichingen Alb, a branch of the Swabian Jura. It is located on a former volcanic vent on the Alb plateau, about 25 kilometers west of Ulm.

Neighboring communities

The municipality borders to Hohenstadt in Göppingen district, in the east to Merklingen and Dornstadt, on the south to Berghülen, to the town Blaubeuren and Heroldstatt and on the west to Gutsbezirk Münsingen and to Römerstein, both in the district of Reutlingen and to Westerheim.


In 1364 offered Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor the town privileges to the population, these however rejected, allegedly because they did not want to build any walls. The tradition of Laichingen linen weaving goes back until the Middle Ages. The poor soils on the Alb gave only small harvests, and so the inhabitants have relied on the growing of flax and the trade with the town of Ulm. One of the in 1677 built weber houses stood in Laichingen till 2002. It was dismantled and rebuilt and can now be visited in the open air museum in Beuren. From 1871, the water supply for the Swabian Jura was planned and built, also Laichingen was connected. In 1950, Laichingen received again the town privileges.

Population Development

The figures are census results (¹) or official updates of the Statistical Office of Baden-Württemberg [2] (only primary residents).

Economy and Infrastructure

Traditional weving establishments are located in Laichingen. The iron processing, particularly the tooling flourished in Laichingen in the 20th century. The to STADA Arzneimittel belonging aliud Pharma has its headquarters in Laichingen. Laichingen is home of the " Inter-municipal industrial and commercial area Laichinger Alb". It is the association with Heroldstatt, Merklingen, Nellingen and Westerheim .

Laichingen textile industry

The linen weaving was an important economic activity.[3] In the period after the Second World War, the consequences of the war were still very noticeable. Many of the Laichingen companies were used during the war for making war necessary materials. After the war six companies of Laichingen were authorized by the American military government to resume their production. So many looms were rebuilt and put into operation. With the currency reform the windows of the shops were filled and also Laichingen textile industry could benefit. The demand for textiles rose after the war enormously, especially bed linen was now in demand. This led to a veritable boom in this industry. In 1948, all companies were fully occupied in Laichingen and then followed from 1950 to 1960, a wave of start-ups, because everyone wanted to participate in the upswing. Over the next 10 years, many textiles were produced in Laichingen.


The public transport is guaranteed by the Donau-Iller-Nahverkehrsverbund. From 1901 to 1985 Laichingen was connected to the rail network by the railway Amstetten-Laichingen of the Württemberg railway company (WAY). Laichingen has its own airfield, which is operated since 1964 by the Flugsportverein Laichingen.


In the district of Machtolsheim is the campsite Heidehof, which counts 1050 parking spaces in an area of 25 hectares.


In Laichingen is a local section of the Schwäbisches Tagblatt.


In Laichingen, Feldstetten and Machtolsheim there are primary schools. The main town Laichingen is also the school center with the following schools:


The Laichingen Vertical Cave

Laichingen is also known by the Laichingen deep cave. The cave is located about 1 km south of Laichingen. It was discovered in 1892 by Johann Georg Mack.

Small Hall Laichingen Vertical Cave



Laichingen Old Town Hall



Notable people

St. Alban's church

Regular events

Laichingen is a market-town and had early received the town privilges. Today markets are held every year, which attract thousands of visitors. The streets are crowded with market stalls selling typical market products. A traditional market dining in Laichingen are tripes . The market begins at 8 am and usually ends at 5 pm. Each year, the following markets are held:



  1. "Gemeinden in Deutschland nach Fläche, Bevölkerung und Postleitzahl am 30.09.2016". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
  2. Bevölkerungsentwicklung in Baden-Württemberg von 1871 bis 2012
  3. Hans Medick: Weben und Überleben in Laichingen 1650 – 1900: Lokalgeschichte als allgemeine Geschichte, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, Göttingen 1996.
    Geschichtsverein Laichinger Alb e.V.: Der Leineweber im Blauhemd – Das Laichinger Wirtschaftswunder, Werner Mangold, Geiger-Verlag, 2010.
  4. Weberei- und Heimatmuseum Laichingen
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