Rathausplatz © Bettina Ruhland
Kempten Rathausplatz© Bettina Ruhland

The city of Kempten is the unofficial capital of the southern German region of the Allgäu. For visitors and students from around the world, Kempten is proof that the Allgäu has far more to offer than alpine cheese and cows. In Kempten you can look forward to optimal study conditions, diverse shopping opportunities and a dynamic cultural and culinary scene.

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Snow-tipped mountains, green forests and cows lazily grazing on the meadows: That’s pretty much how most people imagine the Allgäu region. And they’re right! You just have to venture a little outside of town to go swimming in mountain lakes in the summertime and enjoy the tranquillity of a walk in the forest. But if you study in Kempten, you’ll also discover that the Allgäu is a vibrant, modern region which is among the most popular holiday destinations in Germany.


Kempten is often called the “metropolis of the Allgäu”. That’s because it is home to more than 69,000 people, and numerous corporations and medium-sized firms have established operations in the surrounding region. Kempten is also a tourist magnet and draws some 140,000 visitors every year. The city is situated in southern Germany on the border to the Tirol and Vorarlberg regions of Austria.

On a stroll through the centre of town, you will immediately notice the many historic buildings and structures. Kempten was mentioned in an ancient Roman manuscript and is widely believed to be the oldest city in Germany. In addition to the church towers rising over the city, you’ll find the especially impressive. Inside this former Benedictine monastery, you can admire ornately decorated rooms and historic paintings.

Are you interested in the life and times of the ancient Romans? Then you should definitely visit the . Cambodunum was the name of the Roman administrative outpost located in Kempten long ago. In the park, you can view the actual excavation sites and discover the traces left behind by the ancient Romans. Interestingly enough, the name Kempten comes from the original Latin name Cambodunum.


If you receive a study place in Kempten, you’ll also receive a piece of untouched nature and mountains at no extra charge. Due to its location at the foot of the Allgäu Alps and its proximity to numerous Bavarian lakes, Kempten is a mini paradise for nature lovers and active students. The “home-town” mountain of Kempten is the Mariaberg. It’s just a few minutes away from the centre of town and is 915 metres high. You can take walks or go hiking there, and if you want a real challenge, you can mountain-bike up the more difficult trails.

And your faithful companion is the fantastic view of the Allgäu mountains and landscapes. Outside the city, there are numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as swimming lakes which are perfect for outings with your friends in the summer. In the winter, you can try out a very popular winter sport, cross-country skiing, on one of the many cross-country ski trails, or go ice-skating in the ice stadium.

Kempten is also the one place in the Allgäu where numerous live events are held – concerts, readings, comedy shows etc. The cultural event centre “bigBOX Allgäu” is situated quite centrally, and after a concert, you can easily walk downtown to go out for drinks. A nice locale is the Künstlerhaus Kempten, situated inside an old town mansion. That’s where people of all generations meet – from grandparents to grandchildren – to drink coffee and watch the artists who regularly perform there.

(Another) real insider tip is the cocktail bar “The Kitchen” in Poststrasse. Thanks to its furnishings and excellent cocktail creations, the bar brings a little New York City flair to the Allgäu. At “The Bio Deli” (Königstr. 1), you can order a delicious breakfast or a smoothie made with „super foods”. They only serve food produced at local farms, and everything is freshly prepared right in front of you in an open kitchen. The menu offers numerous international dishes such as falafel, as well as the obligatory Allgäuspecialties, like “Käsespätzle”.


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