Bopfingen is a small city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated in the Ostalbkreis, between Aalen and Nördlingen. It consists of the city Bopfingen itself and its suburbs Aufhausen, Baldern, Flochberg, Kerkingen, Oberdorf, Schloßberg, Trochtelfingen, and Unterriffingen. Bopfingen is famous for its landmark Ipf, a table mountain which is part of the neighboring Schwäbische Alb to the east. To the west it borders to Bavaria and the meteor crater Nördlinger Ries.

The first known settlers came to the area 8000 years ago in the Holocene. Also Celtic and Roman relics were found. It was first mentioned between 775-850 AD in a deed of foundation of "Traditiones Fuldenses" where it was called "Pophingen".


Since February 2006 Gunter Bühler is the mayor of Bopfingen. Bühler is an economic geographer. Previous mayors:

  • Wilhelm Haas: 1840-1876
  • Wilhelm Dörr 1877-1899
  • Adolf Bergmüller: 1900-1903
  • Eugen Enslin: 1903-1936
  • Hans Ellinger: 1936-1945
  • Paul Merz: 1945-1947
  • Hans Ellinger: 1954-1973
  • Erich Göttlicher: 1973-1998
  • Bernhard Rapp: 1998 bis 2006

Sons and daughters of the city

  • Wilhelm Meyder (1841-1927), born in Oberdorf am Ipf, Schultheiss (mayor) and Member of Landtag
  • Heinrich Hiesinger (born 1960), industrial manager, since January 21, 2011 Chairman of the Management Board of ThyssenKrupp AG


  • Bopfingen, Landschaft-Geschichte-Kultur. Theiss, 1992.