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Upper Franconia

The administrative region borders on Thuringia (Thüringen) to the north, Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) to the west, Middle Franconia (Mittelfranken) to the south-west, and Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) to the south-east, and Saxony (Sachsen) and the Czech Republic to the east.

Oberfranken is subdivided into a number of Landkreise (districts) and Kreisfreie Städte (district-free or independent cities).


  • Bamberg
  • Bayreuth
  • Coburg
  • Forchheim
  • Hof
  • Kronach
  • Kulmbach
  • Lichtenfels
  • Wunsiedel

Kreisfreie Städte:

  • Bamberg
  • Bayreuth
  • Coburg
  • Hof

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