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The market town of Oberstaufen is part of the Oberallgäu district and lies at an altitude of 790 metres. It comprises Thalkirchdorf, Steibeis and Aach and is home to around 7,300 people. Stoufun was first mentioned in documents in 868, but it only became part of Bavaria in 1806. In 1853 the town was connected to the railway networks, bringing an economic boost. In 1921 Staufen became Oberstaufen.

Health plays an important role in Oberstaufen. This is also mainly due to the fact that in 1949 a physician introduced the so-called Schroth cure. Since 1959 Oberstaufen has been the only Schroth health resort in Germany. Spa tourism is a very important business branch. Above all, Oberstaufen is renowned for its scenery – it is part of Nagelfluhkette Nature Reserve – and the sheer unlimited opportunities of outdoor activities in both the winter and the summer. There are numerous lifts up the surrounding mountains such as the one to the 1,834 m Hochgrat Mountain, the highest mountain of Western Allgäu. The region features four golf courses, including the highest tee box in Germany. Oberstaufen Ski Resort boasts 40 km of pistes and 100 km of cross-country skiing trails.

Viehscheid at Oberstaufen
View to the Nagelflueh at Oberstaufen

Things to Do in Oberstaufen

Oberstaufen holds a number of events, but is most known for the carnival parade on Shrove Tuesday. Visitors to the town should not miss Viehscheid – the return of the cattle from the mountain pastures. Every February Oberstaufen hosts the Winter Triathlon Trophy, comprising running, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.