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Eichstätt (German pronunciation: [ˈaɪçʃtɛt], formerly also Eichstädt or Aichstädt) is a town in the federal state of Bavaria, Germany, and capital of the district of Eichstätt. It is located on the Altmühl river and has a population of around 13,000. Eichstätt is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Eichstätt.

Coat of arms of Eichstätt
Coat of arms
Location of Eichstätt within Eichstätt district
Eichstätt in EI.svg
Eichstätt is located in Germany
Eichstätt is located in Bavaria
Coordinates: 48°53′31″N 11°11′2″E / 48.89194°N 11.18389°E / 48.89194; 11.18389Coordinates: 48°53′31″N 11°11′2″E / 48.89194°N 11.18389°E / 48.89194; 11.18389
Admin. regionOberbayern
 • Lord MayorAndreas Steppberger (FW)
 • Total47.78 km2 (18.45 sq mi)
393 m (1,289 ft)
 • Total13,525
 • Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
85071, 85072, 85067
Dialling codes08421
Vehicle registrationEI
Residenzplatz in the centre of Eichstätt
Eichstätt Cathedral - view into the western choir
The Willibaldsburg above Eichstätt



Eichstätt lies on both sides of the river Altmühl in the district of Eichstätt of the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, in the heart of Altmühl Valley Nature Park.


Eichstätt is located at an outlying spur of the Franconian Jura and is famous for the quarries of Solnhofen Plattenkalk (Jurassic limestone). On the Blumenberg the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx was found by Jakob Niemeyer.


St. Willibald founded the Diocese of Eichstätt on the site of an old Roman station (Aureatum or Rubilocus) in 741.[2] The city was given walls and chartered in 908. It was ruled by a prince-bishop, and in the Holy Roman Empire was the seat of the Bishopric of Eichstätt until secularization in 1802. In 1806, it became a part of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Eichstätt was included as part of the Principality of Eichstätt, which King Maximilian I granted to his son-in-law Eugène de Beauharnais in 1817 and an episcopal see was reestablished in 1821.[citation needed] It reverted to the Bavarian crown in 1855.[2]

During the 870s, the remains of St. Walpurga were transferred from their original Heidenheim interment to Eichstätt, where in 1035 the newer burial site was enshrined as the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga, which continues to this day.[3][4]

In 1943, the painter Karl Friedrich Lippmann moved to Eichstätt and stayed until 1955.

Hortus Eystettensis ("Garden at Eichstätt") is the name of an important botanical book first published in 1613 and written by Basilius Besler.


The town is dominated by the Willibaldsburg. Besides the cathedral, Eichstätt also sports numerous churches and monasteries.


  • 1944–1945: Hans Rösch
  • 1945–1948: Romuald Blei
  • 1948–1949: Richard Jaeger CSU
  • 1949–1951: Romuald Blei
  • 1951–1976: Hans Hutter, CSU
  • 1976–1994: Ludwig Kärtner, CSU
  • 1994–2012: Arnulf Neumeyer, SPD
  • 2012–present: Andreas Steppberger, Free Voters Bavaria


Eichstätt is home to the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), the lone Catholic university in Germany. The KU was founded in 1980, and was granted full rights of a university, including Ph.D. and Habilitation degrees by the State of Bavaria.[5][1]

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

  • Tobias Barnerssoi (born 1969), alpine skier and sports reporter
  • Erhard Bauer (died 1493), municipal architect of Eger
  • Erich Emminger (1880–1951), politician (center party), minister of justice from 1923 to 1924
  • Anton Fils (1733–1760), composer
  • Edmund Harburger (1846–1906), Munich draftsman and painter
Max von Widnmann

Personalities connected with the cityEdit

  • Pope Victor II (Gebhard von Dollnstein-Hirschberg) (died 1057), fifth German pope 1055–1057
  • Gundekar II of Eichstätt (1019-1075), bishop, church politician, (sarcophagus in the St. John's Chapel of the Cathedral).
  • Loy Hering (1484/85–1564), Renaissance sculptor from Kaufbeuren, councilor and mayor in Eichstätt
Prinz Maximilian of Saxony 1901

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga, Who is St. Walburga.
  4. ^ Jestice, P. G., ed., Holy People of the World: A Cross-cultural Encyclopedia, vol. 3 (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004), p. 906.
  5. ^ Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt ECTS Information Guide, International Relations 15.05.06

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