Überlingen is a city in the Bodensee district in Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. It is located on the northwest shore of Lake Constance and has a population of just over 21,000.
Überlingen was first mentioned in the year 770
. It was granted city rights in 1211
. The city center with cathedral, town hall, and fortification goes back to the time of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa
in 1180. As a market town and fortified bridgehead, Überlingen was of significance mainly for the Hohenstaufen
emperors. The city flourished between the 13th and 16th centuries mainly due to widespread grapevine cultivation on the south-facing slopes of the Lake Constance
. During the Thirty Years' War
, the Swedes
tried to conquer the city in 1632 and 1634, but were only successful in 1643.
During World War II, a sub-labour-camp of Dachau concentration camp was located in the city.
In 2002, a Tupolev 154 collided with a Boeing 757 nearby, killing 71; see 2002 Überlingen Mid-Air Collision.
Today Überlingen is a popular tourist destination at Lake Constance.
Überlingen is home to the famous boarding school Schule Schloss Salem's
upper school campuses of Spetzgart Castle and Härlen.
Towns next to Überlingen