County of Kriechingen

The County of Kriechingen was a state of the Holy Roman Empire. It was originally a part of the Duchy of Lorraine, and was raised to an imperial estate in 1617. It belonged to the Upper Rhenish Circle. In 1697, Kriechingen was inherited by the Principality of East Frisia, and later by the County of Wied-Runkel. In 1793 Kriechingen was occupied by France; this was recognized by the Holy Roman Empire in the Treaty of Lunéville of 1801.

The County was named after its capital, Kriechingen, today Créhange. At the end of its existence, it had an area of approximately 100 km² and a population of 4000. Between 1735, when Lorraine became a part of France, and 1793, Kriechingen formed two exclaves of the Holy Roman Empire surrounded by French territory.

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