Place:Unterfranken, Bayern, Germany


Alt namesLower Franconiasource: Wikipedia
Coordinates50.167°N 10.0°E
Located inBayern, Germany
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Lower Franconia is one of the three administrative regions of Franconia in Bavaria (seven regions), Germany (22 regions in five Federal States, 11 Federal States are not subdivided into regions).

The district was formed in 1817 under the name of Untermainkreis (Lower Main District) and renamed in 1837 as Unterfranken und Aschaffenburg (Lower Franconia and Aschaffenburg). In 1933 the regional Nazi Gauleiter Otto Hellmuth insisted on renaming the district Mainfranken, but after 1945 the name Unterfranken was resurrected.

Unterfranken is the north-west part of Franconia and consists of three district-free cities ("Kreisfreie Städte") and nine country districts ("Landkreise").

The major portion of the Franconian wine region is situated in Lower Franconia.

Historical country districts

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Until the municipal reform ( "Kreisreform" ) in June 1972 Lower Franconia had 22 country districts, 16 of them were attached to the other six existing country districts Aschaffenburg, Bad Kissingen, Kitzingen, Miltenberg, Schweinfurt, Würzburg or united to one of the three new country districts Haßberge, Main-Spessart, Rhön-Grabfeld.

Old country district Current district(s)
Alzenau Aschaffenburg
Bad Brückenau Bad Kissingen
Bad Neustadt/SaaleRhön-Grabfeld
Ebern Haßberge
Gemünden Main-Spessart
Gerolzhofen Schweinfurt, Kitzingen,
Hassberge, Würzburg
Hammelburg Bad Kissingen
Haßfurt Haßberge
Hofheim/Unterfranken Haßberge
Karlstadt Main-Spessart
Königshofen Rhön-Grabfeld
Lohr Main-Spessart
Marktheidenfeld Main-Spessart, Miltenberg,
Mellrichstadt Rhön-Grabfeld
Obernburg Miltenberg
Ochsenfurt Würzburg

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