Lichtenberg is a town in northeastern Bavaria, lying in the district of Hof in Upper Franconia.

Lichtenberg
Aerial view of Lichtenberg with Lichtenberg Castle in the foreground
Aerial view of Lichtenberg with Lichtenberg Castle in the foreground
Coat of arms of Lichtenberg
Coat of arms
Location of Lichtenberg within Hof district
Lichtenberg in HO.svg
Lichtenberg is located in Germany
Lichtenberg
Lichtenberg
Lichtenberg is located in Bavaria
Lichtenberg
Lichtenberg
Coordinates: 50°22′N 11°40′E / 50.367°N 11.667°E / 50.367; 11.667Coordinates: 50°22′N 11°40′E / 50.367°N 11.667°E / 50.367; 11.667
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberfranken
DistrictHof
Municipal assoc.Lichtenberg
Government
 • MayorHolger Knüppel (CSU)
Area
 • Total9.47 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Elevation
564 m (1,850 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,051
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
95192
Dialling codes09288
Vehicle registrationHO
Websitewww.lichtenberg
   -oberfranken.de

It lies on a hill above the valley of the river Selbitz, in the Frankenwald nature park.

HistoryEdit

The town's origins reach back to the 9th century. New and expanded buildings were built and occupied by the dukes of Meranien in the 12th century. The counts of Orlamünde inherited the town in 1248. First mention of the town and its recognition as an independent municipality came in 1337.

During the Cold War division of Germany (1945–1990), Lichtenberg lay only a kilometer from the inner German border, on the western side.

Medieval fairEdit

Each September, the Friends of Lichtenberg Castle hold a festival in the ruins of the castle.

Haus MarteauEdit

 
Haus Marteau

In association with the government of Upper Franconia, Lichtenberg is the location of Haus Marteau (Internationale Musikbegegnungsstätte Haus Marteau), an international music center named after the famous violinist and former resident Henri Marteau. The center offers musical courses and master classes in several subjects all year. Every three years, the International Violin Competition Henri Marteau takes place at Haus Marteau and at the Freiheitshalle in Hof.

ReferencesEdit

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