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Grafenau, Bavaria

Grafenau is a town in the Freyung-Grafenau district, in Bavaria, Germany. 32 km north of Passau, the town is situated in the Bavarian Forest and is the base of the Bavarian Forest National Park Authority. Grafenau is a holiday destination with a variety of kinds of accommodation from self-catering apartments to a "holiday village".

Grafenau
Grafenau
Grafenau
Coat of arms of Grafenau
Coat of arms
Location of Grafenau within Freyung-Grafenau district
Grafenau in FRG.svg
Grafenau is located in Germany
Grafenau
Grafenau
Grafenau is located in Bavaria
Grafenau
Grafenau
Coordinates: 48°51′N 13°23′E / 48.850°N 13.383°E / 48.850; 13.383Coordinates: 48°51′N 13°23′E / 48.850°N 13.383°E / 48.850; 13.383
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionNiederbayern
DistrictFreyung-Grafenau
Government
 • MayorMax Niedermeier (CSU)
Area
 • Total63.79 km2 (24.63 sq mi)
Elevation
609 m (1,998 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total8,256
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
94475–94481
Dialling codes08552
Vehicle registrationFRG, GRA, WOS
Websitewww.grafenau.de

Location and facilitiesEdit

The town lies in the Bavarian Forest at a height between 600 and 700 meters over sea level, right beside the Bavarian Forest National Park. The Kleine Ohe river flows along the east and south of the town. It is close to the Frauenberg.

In April 1945, Major General Stafford LeRoy Irwin opened his XII Corps Headquarters there.

Since 1976 there has been an artificial lake (surrounded by a park) which is used for sport and recreation.

There are museums about the town and surrounding area, including a museum with a collection of traditional furniture, and also a museum about snuff.

The town has curling and ice skating rinks (which are seasonal), and ski drag lifts in an area which in summer months is used for bobsleds. There is also a golf course.

There is a Catholic church, a railway terminus, and a bus station, in addition to a range of hotels, shops, and garage facilities for motorists.

GalleryEdit

 
Local museum in Grafenau
 
Grafenau - former town hall
 
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Grafenau

PersonalitiesEdit

  • Alfred Edel (1932-1993), actor, was buried in Grafenau.

Twin townsEdit

Grafenau is twinned with:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Stadt Grafenau - Partnerstädte