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Gräfenberg, Bavaria

Gräfenberg is a Franconian town in the district of Forchheim, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 16km southeast of Forchheim and 25km northeast of Nuremberg.

Gräfenberg, Bavaria
Old town hall
Old town hall
Coat of arms of Gräfenberg, Bavaria
Coat of arms
Location of Gräfenberg, Bavaria within Forchheim district
Gräfenberg in FO.svg
Gräfenberg, Bavaria is located in Germany
Gräfenberg, Bavaria
Gräfenberg, Bavaria
Gräfenberg, Bavaria is located in Bavaria
Gräfenberg, Bavaria
Gräfenberg, Bavaria
Coordinates: 49°38′N 11°15′E / 49.633°N 11.250°E / 49.633; 11.250Coordinates: 49°38′N 11°15′E / 49.633°N 11.250°E / 49.633; 11.250
Admin. regionOberfranken
Municipal assoc.Gräfenberg, Bavaria
 • MayorHans-Jürgen Nekolla (SPD)
 • Total37.88 km2 (14.63 sq mi)
433 m (1,421 ft)
 • Total4,106
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes09192
Vehicle registrationFO


Gräfenberg is located in the southern part of Little Switzerland. The town is characterised by a great range of elevation (from 400 to 550 metres). A brook, the Kalkach, flows through the town with a steep drop.

Gräfenberg is divided into 16 districts:

  • The town Gräfenberg
  • Lilling
  • Hohenschwärz
  • Kasberg
  • Walkersbrunn
  • Dörnhof
  • Thuisbrunn
  • Höfles
  • Sollenberg
  • Rangen
  • Haidhof
  • Schlichenreuth
  • Guttenburg
  • Neusles
  • Lillinger Höhe
  • Gräfenberger Hüll


Town church and town hall
Memorial for the fallen of World War I and II above the town


Gräfenberg is a majority Protestant town; even so, some districts (Lilling, Sollenberg) are majority Catholic.


Gräfenberg was first mentioned in the year 1172. From 1333 onward the patrician family Haller reigned in Gräfenberg. In 1371 King Karl IV granted the market municipal law. In 1567 a fire destroyed the parts of town located back of the walls. In 1778 a flood wave, resulting from heavy rainfalls, killed six people. With the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803 the town became part of Bavaria. In the Austro-Prussian War between the German Confederation (which included Bavaria), and Prussia and her allies, the town was the headquarters of the Prussian army at the time that the ceasefire between Bavaria and Prussia was declared in 1866.

In the 1960s and 1970s the other districts of Gräfenberg became part of the borough: for example Lilling (first mentioned 1205) and Thuisbrunn (first mentioned 1007).

Local councilEdit

Local elections were held on March 16, 2014 with the following results:


Hans-Jürgen Nekolla (SPD) is the mayor since May 1, 2014. He won the election on March 30, 2014 against Hans Derbfuß (CSU) with nearly 62 % of the vote. His predecessor was since 1996 Werner Wolf (Free Voters Bavaria).


  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2019.

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