- 9th century AD - Fortifications and court of a Frankish king erected to protect two important imperial roads at a ford across the River Wörnitz
- 1188 - First mention as 'burgus Tinkelspuhel' in a deed of gift by Emperor Barbarossa
- 1380-1440 -Construction of the town wall with ramparts and moats as can still be seen today
- 1448-1499 - Construction of the late Gothic Minster of St. George
- 1632 -Siege and conquest of the town by Swedish troops during the 30 Years' War
- 1806 - End of Imperial immediacy and incorporation into Bavaria
- 1888 - Artists from Berlin and Munich discover the medieval town as a source of inspiration
- 1945 - Dinkelsbühl survives the two world wars without damage and is nowadays considered to have 'one of the best preserved late medieval townscapes in Germany'