Lichtenberg, Bavaria

Lichtenberg is a town in northeastern Bavaria, lying in the district of Hof in Upper Franconia.

Lichtenberg
Aerial view of Lichtenberg with Lichtenberg Castle in the foreground

Coat of arms
Location of Lichtenberg within Hof district
Lichtenberg
Lichtenberg
Coordinates: 50°22′N 11°40′E
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberfranken
DistrictHof
Municipal assoc.Lichtenberg
Government
  MayorHolger Knüppel (CSU)
Area
  Total9.47 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Elevation
564 m (1,850 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total1,051
  Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
95192
Dialling codes09288
Vehicle registrationHO
Websitewww.lichtenberg
   -oberfranken.de

It lies on a hill above the valley of the river Selbitz, in the Frankenwald nature park.

History

The town's origins reach back to the 9th century. New and expanded buildings were built and occupied by the dukes of Meranien in the 12th century. The counts of Orlamünde inherited the town in 1248. First mention of the town and its recognition as an independent municipality came in 1336.

During the Cold War division of Germany (1945–1990), Lichtenberg lay only a kilometer from the inner German border, on the western side.

Medieval fair

Each September, the Friends of Lichtenberg Castle hold a festival in the ruins of the castle.

Haus Marteau

In association with the government of Upper Franconia, Lichtenberg is the location of Haus Marteau (Internationale Musikbegegnungsstätte Haus Marteau), an international music center named after the famous violinist and former resident Henri Marteau. The center offers musical courses and master classes in several subjects all year. Every three years, the International Violin Competition Henri Marteau takes place at Haus Marteau and at the Freiheitshalle in Hof.

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