The Regnitz is a river in Franconia, Germany. It is a left tributary of the Main and is 63.7 km (39.6 mi) in length.

Watermill in the Regnitz near Möhrendorf
Physical characteristics
  elevation±290 m (950 ft)
49°54′51″N 10°49′47″E
Length63.7 km (39.6 mi) [1]
Basin size7,521 km2 (2,904 sq mi) [1]
Basin features
ProgressionMainRhineNorth Sea

The river is formed by the confluence of the rivers Rednitz and Pegnitz, which meet in the city of Fürth. From there the Regnitz runs northwards through the cities of Erlangen and Forchheim. It finally meets the Main near the city of Bamberg. Including its source rivers Rednitz and Franconian Rezat, it is 187.4 km (116.4 mi) long.[1]

Small portions of the Regnitz near Bamberg are incorporated into a canal connecting the Main with the Danube: the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, which runs parallel most of the way from Bamberg to Fürth.

Between Fürth and Forchheim a lot of watermills were used from Middle Ages till 19th century. Some are still there or were reconstructed.


  • Bogner, Franz X. (2007): Rednitz und Regnitz. Eine Luftbildreise von Weißenburg bis Bamberg. Verlag Fränkischer Tag, Bamberg, ISBN 978-3-936897-47-0


  1. Complete table of the Bavarian Waterbody Register by the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (xls, 10.3 MB)
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