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Freyung-Grafenau
Bavaria frg.png
Map of Bavaria highlighting the district of Freyung-Grafenau
State Bavaria
Adm. region Niederbayern
Region Donau-Wald
District seat Freyung
Area 984 km²
Population 82,400 (2000)
Pop. density 84 /km²
Licence plate code FRG
Web page freyung-grafenau.de

Freyung-Grafenau is a district in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by (from the south and clockwise) the districts of Passau, Deggendorf and Regen, and by the Czech Republic.

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History

The district was established in 1972 by merging the former districts of Grafenau and Wolfstein. In medieval times Wolfstein (east of the Ilz River) was the property of the bishop of Passau. Grafenau (west of the Ilz River) successively belonged to different countries, before it was annexed by Bavaria in 1438. Wolfstein became a part of Bavaria two years after the dissolution of the clerical states in Germany (1803).

Geography

Freyung-Grafenau is the easternmost district of Bavaria. It is located in the southern parts of the Bavarian Forest and is partially occupied by the Bavarian Forest National Park. The source of the Ilz River is situated in the district.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms
The wolf represents the area of Wolfstein, while the bear stands for Grafenau (as it was ruled from the castle of Bärnstein, and Bär means "bear"). At the bottom there is the blue and white checked pattern of Bavaria.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Freyung
  2. Grafenau
  3. Waldkirchen
  1. Eppenschlag
  2. Fürsteneck
  3. Grainet
  4. Haidmühle
  5. Hinterschmiding
  6. Hohenau
  7. Innernzell
  8. Jandelsbrunn
  9. Mauth
  10. Neureichenau
  11. Neuschönau
  1. Perlesreut
  2. Philippsreut
  3. Ringelai
  4. Röhrnbach
  5. Saldenburg
  6. Sankt Oswald-Riedlhütte
  7. Schöfweg
  8. Schönberg
  9. Spiegelau
  10. Thurmansbang
  11. Zenting

External links

Coordinates: 48°50′N 13°30′E / 48.83°N 13.5°E / 48.83; 13.5

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