Singen from the Hohentwiel
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|• Mayor||Bernd Häusler (CDU)|
|• Total||61.75 km2 (23.84 sq mi)|
|Elevation||429 m (1,407 ft)|
|• Density||770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Singen is an industrial city in the very south of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany and just north of the German-Swiss border.
Singen is an industrial city situated in the very south of Baden-Württemberg in Germany close to Lake Constance just north of the German-Swiss border and is the most important city in the Hegau area.
The most famous landmark of Singen is Hohentwiel, a volcanic stub on which there are the ruins of a fortress destroyed by French troops during the Napoleonic Wars.
Singen is notable in military history for the Singen route in World War II. This route into Switzerland was discovered by Dutch naval lieutenant Hans Larive in 1940 on his first escape attempt from an Oflag (prisoner's camp for officers) in Soest. After being captured at the Swiss border near Singen, the interrogating Gestapo officer was so confident the war would soon be won by Germany that he told Larive the safe way across the border. Larive did not forget and many prisoners later escaped using this route - that included Larive himself, Francis Steinmetz, Anthony Luteyn, Airey Neave, Pat Reid and Howard Wardle in their escapes from Colditz Castle when Colditz was used in the war as Oflag IV-C.
Singen is an important regional train hub with three railway lines and the terminal of the Stuttgart-Hattingen railway with connections to Stuttgart and the Swiss Schaffhausen.
Singen is twinned with: