Kronach

Kronach is a town in Upper Franconia, Germany, located in the Frankenwald area. It is the capital of the district Kronach.

Kronach
Historical town center of Kronach with the river Hasslach in the foreground.

Coat of arms
Location of Kronach within Kronach district
Kronach
Kronach
Coordinates: 50°14′28″N 11°19′41″E
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberfranken
DistrictKronach
Government
  MayorWolfgang Beiergrößlein (FWG)
Area
  Total66.99 km2 (25.86 sq mi)
Elevation
318 m (1,043 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total16,874
  Density250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
96317
Dialling codes09261
Vehicle registrationKC
Websitewww.kronach.de

Kronach is the birth town of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Maximilian von Welsch, as well as Johann Kaspar Zeuss and bishop Josef Stangl. The town is equipped with a nearly complete city-wall and Germany's biggest medieval fortress, Festung Rosenberg. The headquarters of German television and AV equipment manufacturer, Loewe, is located here.[2]

Geography

Location

Kronach is located at the southwestern edge of the Franconian Forest. The rivers Haßlach, Kronach and Rodach unite in Kronach.

Town districts

Kronach is divided into the following districts:

  • Bernsroth
  • Birkach
  • Blumau
  • Dennach
  • Dörfles
  • Fischbach
  • Friesen
  • Gehülz
  • Glosberg
  • Gundelsdorf
  • Höfles
  • Kestel
  • Knellendorf
  • Kreuzberg
  • Krugsberg
  • Neuses
  • Ruppen
  • Seelabach
  • Seelach
  • Stübental
  • Vogtendorf
  • Vonz
  • Wötzelsdorf
  • Ziegelerden

History

Kronach was first mentioned in 1003 as urbs crana.[3]

In 1634 during the Thirty Years' War the town was successfully defended against a German Swedish army with the help of the town women.[4] During the First World War, it was the site of an Officers' Prisoner of War camp.

Sights

References

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