Coat of arms

Coordinates: 47°59′34″N 9°6′45″E / 47.99278°N 9.11250°E / 47.99278; 9.11250Coordinates: 47°59′34″N 9°6′45″E / 47.99278°N 9.11250°E / 47.99278; 9.11250
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Tübingen
District Sigmaringen
  Mayor Arne Zwick
  Total 76.22 km2 (29.43 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 8,302
  Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 88601–88605
Dialling codes 07570, 07575, 07578
Vehicle registration SIG

Meßkirch is a town in the district of Sigmaringen in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

The town was the residence of the counts of Zimmern, widely known through Count Froben Christoph's Zimmern Chronicle (1559–1566).

The municipality is composed of following villages and hamlets:

Coat of arms District Inhabitants (2010) Area
Meßkirch (main locality)
with Igelswies and
5660 2465 ha
with Buffenhofen
147 405 ha
Heudorf 338 787 ha
Langenhart 235 435 ha
with Leitishofen
458 916 ha
Rengetsweiler 406 505 ha
Ringgenbach 203 499 ha
Rohrdorf 800 1611 ha
The Renaissance castle at Meßkirch

Notable residents

Meßkirch is the birthplace of composer Conradin Kreutzer, archbishop Conrad Gröber, writer and Georg Büchner Prize winner Arnold Stadler and, most famously, the philosopher Martin Heidegger. Also included are the well-known brewers Johann Nepomuk Schalk and his sons Herrmann and Oscar who began the Schalk Brewery in Newark, New Jersey, the first to bring lager beer to New Jersey.

Master of Meßkirch: Adoration of the Magi, c. 1538

The town's name is also connected with a Renaissance painter whose provisional name is Master of Meßkirch. His Adoration of the Magi can be seen in the church of St. Martin. Katharina von Zimmern (1478-1547), the last abbess of the Fraumünster Abbey in Zürich, was born in Meßkirch.


The Bodenseesender radio transmitter in the nearby village of Rohrdorf was turned off in February 2012.


In 1800, the city was the site of battle of the French Revolutionary Wars.

Campus Galli

Campus Galli is a project to construct an authentic medieval town with a Carolingian monastery, that is located in woodlands near Meßkirch.


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