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Biberach an der Riß
|Subdivisions||Town centre and 4 districts|
|• Lord mayor (2020–28)||Norbert Zeidler  ( Ind.)|
|• Total||72.16 km2 (27.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||533 m (1,749 ft)|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 ( CET)|
|• Summer ( DST)||UTC+02:00 ( CEST)|
Biberach an der Riß ( Swabian: Bibra), often referred to as simply Biberach (German pronunciation: [ˈbiːbəʁax] ⓘ), is a town in southern Germany. It is the capital of Biberach district, in the Upper Swabia region of the German state ( Land) of Baden-Württemberg. It is called Biberach an der Riß after the small river Riß which flows through the city to distinguish it from the other towns of similar names.
The districts of Biberach comprise the inner city (with the quarters Bachlangen, Bergerhausen, Birkendorf, Burren, Fünf Linden, Gaisental, Hagenbuch, Jordanbad, Mumpfental, Reichenbach and Wolfentalmühle) and its suburban, integrated villages Rißegg, Rindenmoos, Ringschnait, Stafflangen and Mettenberg.
Mixed Imperial City of Biberach an der Riß
Paritätische Reichsstadt Biberach an der Riß
|Capital||Biberach an der Riß|
|Historical era||Middle Ages|
• City founded
• Gained Reichsfreiheit
• Peace of Augsburg
|September 25, 1555|
• Thirty Years' War
• Peace of Westphalia
During the Protestant Reformation, Biberach was notable for being — eventually along only with Ravensburg, Augsburg and Dinkelsbühl — a "Mixed Imperial City" ( German: Paritätische Reichsstadt) where the Peace of Westphalia caused the establishment of a joint Catholic– Protestant government and administrative system, with equality offices ( German: Gleichberechtigung) and a precise and equal distribution between Catholic and Protestant civic officials. This status ended in 1803, when Biberach was annexed by the Margraviate of Baden, soon to become a grand-duchy. In 1806, it was traded to the Kingdom of Württemberg in exchange for the town of Villingen; becoming part of the German Empire on its creation in 1871.
With an unemployment rate of around 3.6 percent and place of business of companies like EnBW, Handtmann, Liebherr, KaVo Dental GmbH, Vollmer and Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach is a significant industrial location in the southwest of Germany.
KaVo (Kaltenbach & Voigt) is a company producing dental medicine equipment and products like instruments, dental systems, laboratory and equipment for training centres for universities. The head office is in Biberach. In March 2004, Danaher, an American industrial company, took over KaVo.[ citation needed] KaVo was later acquired by Envista. The company returned to private ownership as part of the Planmeca Group in January, 2022. 
Boehringer Ingelheim researches, develops and produces pharmaceuticals. Boehringer Ingelheim was founded in Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany, in 1885, where the corporate headquarters are located. There are about 4,500 employees in Biberach.[ citation needed]
The beginning of Liebherr Biberach was in 1954. The firm produces many sorts of cranes. 1,700 people and 112 trainees work there. The group's founder, Dr. Hans Liebherr, invented the mobile tower crane in 1949 in Kirchdorf/ Iller. 
Biberach has a film fest for German films which was founded in 1978. 
The Biberacher Schützenfest is a historic festival for children and the town. The event is held annually in July and lasts nine days. The name " Schützenfest" derives from the German noun Schütze, meaning marksman. But nowadays, the crossbow competition and the appraisal of the best male and female champion shot (Schützenkönig and -königin) are only small events during the week of the Schützenfest. Other attractions and events during the festival are:
The annual Christmas market, called "Christkindlesmarkt", which lasts 16 days, is another highlight of the year. Exotic foods from Britain, France, and Italy (presented by the twin cities), kitsch, and beautiful arts and crafts are there to see and buy. People meet to drink mulled wine.
TG Biberach 1847 e. V. is one of the biggest clubs in the region. It has more than 6,000 members and 27 divisions including American football, tennis, chess or volleyball.
IBOT Another important sports festival in Biberach is IBOT, an annual international handball tournament for youth with more than a thousand participants which takes place at Easter.