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Ansbach
Bavaria an.png
Map of Bavaria highlighting the district of Ansbach
State Bavaria
Adm. region Mittelfranken
District seat Ansbach
Area 1972 km²
Population 183,700 (2001)
Pop. density 93 /km²
Licence plate code AN
Web page landkreis-ansbach.de

Ansbach is a district in Bavaria, Germany. It is surrounding, but not including the city of Ansbach; nonetheless the administrative seat of the district is Ansbach. It is the district with the biggest area in Bavaria. The district is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the districts Ostalbkreis, Schwäbisch Hall and Main-Tauber (all in the state of Baden-Württemberg), and the districts of Neustadt (Aisch)-Bad Windsheim, Fürth, Roth, Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen and Donau-Ries.

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History

Some of the towns already existed during the lifetime of Charlemagne, who visited Feuchtwangen about 800. In the 13th century the towns of Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl and Feuchtwangen were elevated to Free Imperial Cities; so they were directly subordinate to the Holy Roman Emperor. The city of Ansbach became subject to the Hohenzollern family, who established the state of Ansbach (later Brandenburg-Ansbach) in the region.

The district of Ansbach was established in 1972, when the former districts of Ansbach, Dinkelsbühl, Feuchtwangen and Rothenburg were merged. The city of Rothenburg lost its status as an urban district and was incorporated into the district.

Geography

Ansbach is the largest district of Bavaria. Its northern half is occupied by the Frankenhöhe, a gentle hilly countryside. The southern parts are covered with heaths and forests. The source of the Altmühl River is located in the district.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms displays:
  • top left: the black and white arms of the Hohenzollern dynasty, who ruled the former state of Brandenburg-Ansbach
  • top right: the red and white arms of Franconia
  • bottom: the heraldic eagle of the Holy Roman Empire, which stands for the former Free Imperial Cities of Rothenburg, Dinkelsbühl and Feuchtwangen

Towns and municipalities

Towns (Städte) Municipalities
  1. Dinkelsbühl
  2. Feuchtwangen
  3. Heilsbronn
  4. Herrieden
  5. Leutershausen
  6. Merkendorf
  7. Ornbau
  8. Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  9. Schillingsfürst
  10. Wassertrüdingen
  11. Windsbach
  12. Wolframs-Eschenbach
  1. Adelshofen
  2. Arberg
  3. Aurach
  4. Bechhofen
  5. Bruckberg
  6. Buch am Wald
  7. Burgoberbach
  8. Burk
  9. Colmberg
  10. Dentlein
  11. Diebach
  12. Dietenhofen
  13. Dombühl
  14. Dürrwangen
  15. Ehingen
  16. Flachslanden
  17. Gebsattel
  18. Gerolfingen
  19. Geslau
  20. Insingen
  21. Langfurth
  22. Lehrberg
  1. Lichtenau
  2. Mitteleschenbach
  3. Mönchsroth
  4. Neuendettelsau
  5. Neusitz
  6. Oberdachstetten
  7. Ohrenbach
  8. Petersaurach
  9. Röckingen
  10. Rügland
  11. Sachsen
  12. Schnelldorf
  13. Schopfloch
  14. Steinsfeld
  15. Unterschwaningen
  16. Weidenbach
  17. Weihenzell
  18. Weiltingen
  19. Wettringen
  20. Wieseth
  21. Wilburgstetten
  22. Windelsbach
  23. Wittelshofen
  24. Wörnitz

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Coordinates: 49°20′N 10°30′E / 49.33°N 10.5°E / 49.33; 10.5

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