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Kempten – DE273

EU regions: Germany > Bavaria > Swabia > Kempten

map of Kempten DE273
Gross domestic product
GDP per capita in PPS of EU average2021149

More on wikipedia wikidata Q3994 Kempten slovensky: DE273


number of inhabitants202370 056
population density20221104
old-age dependency ratio202334.9
demographic pyramid DE273 Kempten

From Wikipedia: Kempten is the largest town of Allgäu, in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany. The population was about 68,000 in 2016. The area was possibly settled originally by Celts, but was later taken over by the Romans, who called the town Cambodunum. Kempten is the oldest urban settlement (town) in Germany.



The Greek geographer Strabo mentions in 50 BC a town of the Celtic Estiones named Kambodunon. This is considered the oldest written reference of any German city. So far no archaeological evidence could be found that this Celtic settlement really existed.

Roman era

In 15 BC Roman troops led by Nero Claudius Drusus and his brother Tiberius conquered and destroyed an existing Celtic settlement. Later the settlement was named Cambodunum.

In the following years the city was rebuilt on a classical Roman city plan with baths, forum and temples. Initially in wood, the city was later rebuilt in stone after a devastating fire that destroyed almost the entire city in the year 69 AD. The city possibly served as provincial capital of Raetia during the first century before Augsburg took over this role.

Other: Swabia, Kaufbeuren, Kempten, Memmingen, Aichach-Friedberg, Dillingen, Günzburg, Neu-Ulm, Donau-Ries, Oberallgäu, Lindau, Augsburg, Ostallgäu, Augsburg, Unterallgäu

Neighbours: Oberallgäu

Suggested citation: Michal Páleník: Europe and its regions in numbers - Kempten – DE273, IZ Bratislava, retrieved from: https://www.iz.sk/​PDE273, ISBN: 978-80-970204-9-1, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.10200164