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Lichtenfels (district)

Adm. Region:Oberfranken
Area:522 km²
Inhabitants:70,800 (2000)
pop. density:136 inh./km²
Car identification:LIF

Lichtenfels is a district in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Coburg, Kronach, Kulmbach and Bamberg.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
5 External links


In medieval times the Main river was a border between the two main states possessing lands in this territory: the bishopric of Bamberg, and the county of Andechs. The castle of Lichtenfels was property of Andechs, which later became the duchy of Merania. In 1248 the dukes of Merania became extinct, and the entire region was annexed by the clerical state of Bamberg. In 1803 the clerical states of Germany were dissolved, and the bishopric of Bamberg fell to Bavaria.

The district was established in 1972 by merging the former districts of Lichtenfels and Staffelstein.


The district is situated on both banks of the Main River in the hills of the Frankish Alb (Fränkische Alb).

Coat of arms

Yellow and blue were the colours of Andechs resp. Merania. The bishopric of Bamberg is symbolised by the heraldic lion of Bamberg. On the left side there are the orb and the crown of the Holy Roman Empire.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Bad Staffelstein
  2. Burgkunstadt
  3. Lichtenfels
  4. Weismain
  1. Altenkunstadt
  2. Ebensfeld
  3. Hochstadt
  4. Marktgraitz
  5. Marktzeuln
  6. Michelau
  7. Redwitz

External links

Official website (German)