Oberstdorf is a municipality
A municipality is essentially an urban administrative division having corporate status and usually powers of self-government. It can also be used to mean the governing body of a municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district...

 and skiing and hiking town in southwest Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

, located in the Allgäu
The Allgäu is a southern German region in Swabia. It covers the south of Bavarian Swabia and southeastern Baden-Württemberg. The region stretches from the prealpine lands up to the Alps...

 region of the Bavarian Alps.

At the center of Oberstdorf is a church whose tall spire serves as a landmark for navigating around town. The summits of the Nebelhorn
The Nebelhorn is a high mountain in the Allgäu Alps in Germany, near the village of Oberstdorf. It lends its name to the Nebelhorn Trophy figure skating competition and the Nebelhorn Classics a freeride race event...

 and Fellhorn
The Fellhorn is a mountain in the Allgäu Alps near Oberstdorf, Germany, on the border with Austria. It is known for its fields of Alp roses .It can be climbed on an easy path....

 provide dramatic panoramic views of the alps. The Nebelhorn can be reached with a big cable car. Oberstdorf is one of the highest market towns in Germany.Visitors can ride a unique diagonal elevator to the top of the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze
The Heini Klopfer Ski Jump is a ski flying hill in Oberstdorf, Germany.- Ski-Flying World Championships :- World Cup :* In 1998 competition counted for World Cup & Ski-Flying World Championships at the same time.- Succession of record jumps :...

. Oberstdorf hosts every New Year the first part of famous Four Hills Tournament
Four Hills Tournament
The Four Hills Tournament is composed of four Ski Jumping World Cup events and has taken place in Germany and Austria each year since 1952.The Four Hills Tournament champion is the one who gets the most points over the four events...

 in ski jump. The American Broadcasting Company
American Broadcasting Company
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's Wide World of Sports
Wide World of Sports (US TV series)
ABC's Wide World of Sports is a sports anthology series on American television that ran from 1961 to 1998 and was originally hosted by Jim McKay. The title continued to be used for general sports programs until 2006...

inadvertently featured Oberstdorf when Vinko Bogataj
Vinko Bogataj
Vinko Bogataj is a former ski jumper from Slovenia who became noted on US television in the 1970s for a moment of spectacular failure that was featured on ABC's Wide World of Sports as the infamous Agony of Defeat....

 fell during the ski jump in 1970 and became "The Agony of Defeat".


Germany's modern figure skating
Figure skating
Figure skating is an Olympic sport in which individuals, pairs, or groups perform spins, jumps, footwork and other intricate and challenging moves on ice skates. Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level , and at local, national, and international competitions...

 center was built on the outside of the town. It has three covered rinks and some of them are accessible to the public, for recreational skating. It is a popular destination with European skaters for training camps.

Oberstdorf hosts the annual Nebelhorn Trophy
Nebelhorn Trophy
The Nebelhorn Trophy is an international senior-level figure skating competition organized by the Deutsche Eislauf-Union and held annually in Oberstdorf, Germany. The competition is named after the Nebelhorn, a nearby mountain....

 figure skating competition and has hosted the German Figure Skating Championships
German Figure Skating Championships
The German Figure Skating Championships are a figure skating national championship held annually to determine the national champions of Germany. Skaters compete in the disciplines of men's singles, ladies singles, pair skating, and ice dancing....

 twelve times. It has also hosted the 1982, 2000, and 2007 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
World Junior Figure Skating Championships
The World Junior Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition sanctioned by the International Skating Union in which younger figure skaters compete for the title of World Junior Champion...


Notable people

  • The ski mountaineer and extreme sports athlete Toni Steurer
    Toni Steurer
    Anton "Toni" Steurer is a German extreme sports athlete.Steurer was born in Oberstdorf. He climbed the Eiger Nordwand in the age of seventeen and belongs to the youngest Nordwand climbers. He is deployed as a medical service soldier and army mountain guide in Kempten. He is member of the DAV...

    was born in Oberstdorf.
  • The 2010 German Vancouver Olympic Team Members Christina Geiger and Gina Stechert (both Alpine Skiing), David Speiser (Snowboard Cross), Johannes Rydzek (Nordic Combined), Nicole Fessel and Katrin Zeller (both Cross-Country Skiing), Daniel Herberg (Curling) and Michael Neumayer (Ski jumping) live in Oberstdorf
  • The prominent German luthier Florian Jäger lives and works in Oberstdorf.

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