The citizens of Biberach are cosmopolitan and very tolerant by nature. People of many different religions ─ including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism ─ peacefully co-exist in the city.
Below we have listed the churches, institutions and associations by their religious affiliation. These organisations are open to anyone interested, however, regardless of their religious affiliation.
The citizens of Biberach can follow their faith in various Christian churches, including both Protestant and Catholic. The town parish church of St. Martin, built in the 14th century, acts as a shared church. Both cultivate Christian communities.
Members of free churches can also find a place to worship in Biberach. In addition to the two free churches known as the “Adventgemeinde” and “Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde (Baptistengemeinde)”, five other places of worship offer a range of religious services.
The wide variety of Christian institutions and associations assume important tasks in the city. Several kindergartens have Christian sponsors, for example, whereas both the young and old can practice their singing voices in the respective church choirs. Many social institutions are also based on the decades-old commitment of Biberach’s Christian congregations.
More and more Muslims are finding their home in Biberach. This is also evident in the various institutions found throughout the city, where members of Islam and all other interested parties can pray, meet up or simply exchange ideas.
The "D.I.T.I.B. Türkisch-Islamischer Kulturverein e.V.” conducts active community work and advocates peaceful coexistence between religions. Here, followers and other individuals can book pilgrimages, become involved in refugee aid or pray at the mosque run by the association.
At “Come in”, a Christian-Muslim centre located in the centre of Biberach, focus is placed on the similarities between the two religions. Books such as the Koran and Bible are freely available, worshippers can seek out dialogue with God/Allah in the interreligious prayer corner, and there is of course always someone to talk to on religion and culture-related topics. The centre is run by the non-profit association known as “Religion und mehr e. V.”.
The “Türkische Elternverein Biberach e. V.” (Turkish parents’ association of Biberach) is also available to parents for counselling and support. https://trvereinbc.de/campaigns/bagis
The former imperial city of Biberach was home to a very small Jewish community in the Middle Ages. Its members were expelled in the late 16th century, however, as was the case in many other imperial cities. After Biberach became part of Württemberg, individual Jewish families settled in the city, earning their living primarily with their own businesses. In 1933, nine people of Jewish faith were living in the city until they were forced to leave due to their establishments being boycotted. In 1944/45, several hundred oriental Jews ─ some of them from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp ─ were interned at the “Lager Lindele” (Lindele camp). From 1945 to 1947, several hundred Jewish “displaced persons” lived in what is now known as the “Jordanbad”, including many young people who were preparing here for their emigration to the State of Israel, which of course was yet to be founded.
Hinduism and Buddhism
Hinduism and Buddhism can always be found at exhibitions, in yoga studios and at guided meditation ceremonies in Biberach. Members of Buddhism can also practice their faith at the Buddhistisches Zentrum (Buddhist centre) in Ulm, which is approximately 45 minutes away by car.
In addition to the five world religions, members of all other religions are also welcome in Biberach.