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Lichtenfels is a district in Bavariamarker, Germanymarker. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts of Coburgmarker, Kronachmarker, Kulmbachmarker, Bayreuthmarker and Bambergmarker.


In medieval times the Main river was a border between the two main states possessing lands in this territory: the bishopric of Bambergmarker, and the county of Andechsmarker. The castle of Lichtenfels was property of Andechs, which later fell under 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 Rivermarker in the hills of the Frankish Alb (Fränkische Alb).

Coat of arms

Yellow and blue were the colours of Andechsmarker 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

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bad Staffelsteinmarker
  2. Burgkunstadtmarker
  3. Lichtenfelsmarker
  4. Weismainmarker
  1. Altenkunstadtmarker
  2. Ebensfeldmarker
  3. Hochstadt am Mainmarker
  4. Marktgraitzmarker
  5. Marktzeulnmarker
  6. Michelau in Oberfrankenmarker
  7. Redwitz an der Rodachmarker

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