Bad Königshofen

Bad Königshofen im Grabfeld is a small spa town in the German state of Bavaria, located in the Rhön-Grabfeld district in northeast Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany. According to the Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data, Bad Königshofen had a population of 5,995 in 2017.[2] The Franconian Saale flows through the town.

Bad Königshofen
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Bad Königshofen
Coat of arms
Location of Bad Königshofen within Rhön-Grabfeld district
Bad Königshofen im Grabfeld in NES.svg
Bad Königshofen is located in Germany
Bad Königshofen
Bad Königshofen
Bad Königshofen is located in Bavaria
Bad Königshofen
Bad Königshofen
Coordinates: 50°18′N 10°25′E / 50.300°N 10.417°E / 50.300; 10.417Coordinates: 50°18′N 10°25′E / 50.300°N 10.417°E / 50.300; 10.417
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionUnterfranken
DistrictRhön-Grabfeld
Government
 • MayorThomas Helbling (CSU)
Area
 • Total69.52 km2 (26.84 sq mi)
Elevation
276 m (906 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)[1]
 • Total6,013
 • Density86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
97631
Dialling codes09761
Vehicle registrationNES, KÖN, MET
Websitewww.badkoenigshofen.de

GeographyEdit

There are 17 town districts:[3]

  • Althausen
  • Aub
  • Aumühle
  • Bad Königshofen i.Grabfeld
  • Eyershausen
  • Gabolshausen
  • Göckesmühle
  • Haumühle
  • Ipthausen
  • Lustmühle
  • Merkershausen
  • Riedmühle
  • Sambachshof
  • Spitalmühle
  • Untereßfeld
  • Veitsmühle
  • Zänkersmühle (untere Mühle)

It is only 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from the state of Thuringia.[4]

The city is twinned with Arlington, Texas, USA. Bad Königshofen has a downtown recreational park named "Arlington" in honor of the city of Arlington. In 2006, the City of Arlington opened a water park named "Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center" in honor of the city of Bad Königshofen.[5]

HistoryEdit

First mention of the town was in 741, although it had been settled way before then.[6] Graves marked from as early as the 6th century have been found. There are christian and pagan burials in this Festung Road cemetery. Artifacts found in the graves included a longsword and pottery. An even older cemetery found on Bamberger Road shows evidence of settlement in the 4th century.[7]

During the Middle Ages, the town was ruled by tribal duchies as the Duchy of Franconia. The town was granted a city charter in 1235. Königshofen was owned by the House of Henneberg in 1200. In 1353, the heiress Elisabeth of Henneberg married Eberhard II, Count of Württemberg and he sold the town in 1354 to the bishops of Würzburg. They subsequently expanded the town into a fortress. The House of Henneberg acquired the castle in 1400 and in 1412 they bought the entire town back from the Würzburg monastery.[8] Later, the town became home to a episcopal bailiff. In 1603, there was a Leper colony called the Siechhaus in the town.[9]

GovernmentEdit

LocalEdit

The elections in March 2014 showed the following results:[10]

  • CSU: 5 seats
  • SPD: 2 seats
  • Greens: 1 seat
  • Block Freier Wähler (Free voters): 2 seats
  • List Merkershausen: 2 seats
  • Bürgerblock der Stadtteile: 2 seats
  • List Eyershausen: 2 seats
  • List Althausen: 1 seat
  • List Untereßfeld: 1 seat
  • Junge Liste (young list): 1 seat
  • Aktive Bürger Bad Königshofen (Active citizens Bad Königshofen) 1 seat

Notable peopleEdit

Associated peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2020.
  2. ^ "Bad Königshofen im Grabfield: A selection of statistical data" (PDF). Bavarian State Office for Statistics (in German). Bavaria, Germany: Bavarian State Office for Statistics and Data. March 2019. p. 6. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  3. ^ http://www.bayerische-landesbibliothek-online.de/orte/ortssuche_action.html?val=1600&attr=OBJ&modus=automat&tempus=20111120/173512&hodie=20111120/173512
  4. ^ "Google Maps Directions to the border of Bavaria and Thuringia". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  5. ^ "About The Bad Königshofen Water Park in Arlington TX". city of Arlington. Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  6. ^ Text and translation of the document of Emperor Ludwig the Pious from 822
  7. ^ Mainpost: BAD KÖNIGSHOFEN Gräber sind rund 1400 Jahre alt aktualisiert: 4. November 2011
  8. ^ Die Grafen von Henneberg, S. 106
  9. ^ "Medieval leprosoria in today's Bavaria". Wayback Machine. City of Münster. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  10. ^ Ergebnis Stadtratswahl 2014