The birthplace of the motorhome
Many, perhaps even most, motorhomes have their roots here: Hymer in Bad Waldsee, Carthago in Aulendorf and Dethleffs in Isny in Allgäu.
Touring began with a simple trailer back in 1931. In Isny, Arist Dethleffs built the first caravan in Germany, which he called a ‘Wohnauto’. When travelling with his wife and daughter, the businessman wanted to have their own beds and cooking facilities.
25 years later, Erwin Hymer joined his parents' wainwrighting and bodywork company and, together with Erich Bachem, developed the original Troll in 1957. One year later, the famous ERIBA-Touring series went into mass production. Today, the Hymer brand name and its highly modern, comfortable vehicles are almost synonymous with motorhomes.
Another company was founded in the region in 1979. Carthago, originally founded in Ravensburg, is located in Aulendorf in Upper Swabia and employs around 1,100 people.
All three companies now belong to the leading premium manufacturers of motorhomes and caravans in Europe. They also rent out motorhomes to newcomers who want to experience camping in comfort in the Upper Swabia-Allgäu region.