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Upper Franconia

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Upper Franconia

Coat of arms of Upper Franconia

Upper Franconia (German: Oberfranken) is a Regierungsbezirk (administrative [Regierungs] region [bezirk]) of the state of Bavaria, southern Germany. It forms part of the historically significant region of Franconia (See also: Middle Franconia and Lower Franconia), all now part of the German Federal State of Bayern (Bavaria).

With more than 200 independent breweries which brew approximately 1000 different types of beer, Upper Franconia has the worlds highest brewery-density per capita. A special Franconian beer route (Fränkische Brauereistraße) leads along popular breweries.


  • Geography 1
  • Coat of arms 2
  • Administrative subdivisions 3
  • Historical population of Upper Franconia 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The administrative region borders on Thuringia (Thüringen) to the north, Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) to the west, Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken) to the south-west, and Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) to the south-east, Saxony (Sachsen) to the north-east and the Czech Republic to the east.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms displays:
  • the heraldic lion of Bamberg in the upper left
  • the black and white pattern of the Hohenzollern family in the upper center
  • the green crown in bend of the Arms of Saxony in the upper right
  • the Arms of Franconia in the lower half

Administrative subdivisions

Oberfranken is subdivided into nine Landkreise (districts) and four Kreisfreie Städte (district-free or independent cities).


Kreisfreie Städte:

Historical population of Upper Franconia

Year Population
1900 608,116
1910 661,862
1939 790,151
1950 1,088,721
1961 1,056,087
1970 1,079,131
1987 1,036,576
2002 1,112,655
2005 1,101,390
2006 1,094,525
2008 1,085,770
2010 1,071,984

See also


External links

  • Official website (in German)
  • Sights in Frankonia (in German)

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