For the district, see Kronach (district).

Historical town center of Kronach with the river Hasslach in the foreground.

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 50°14′28″N 11°19′41″E / 50.24111°N 11.32806°E / 50.24111; 11.32806Coordinates: 50°14′28″N 11°19′41″E / 50.24111°N 11.32806°E / 50.24111; 11.32806
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberfranken
District Kronach
  Mayor Wolfgang Beiergrößlein (FWG)
  Total 66.99 km2 (25.86 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 16,808
  Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 96317
Dialling codes 09261
Vehicle registration KC

Kronach is a town in Oberfranken, Bavaria, Germany, located in the Frankenwald area. It is the capital of the district Kronach.

Kronach is the birthtown of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Maximilian von Welsch, as well as Johann Kaspar Zeuss and bishop Josef Stangl. The town is equipped with a nearly complete city-wall and Germany's biggest medieval fortress (Festung Rosenberg). The headquarters of German television and AV equipment manufacturer, Loewe, is located here but will be moved to Munich after a restructuring of the company.[2]

The rivers Haßlach, Kronach and Rodach unite in Kronach.


In 1634 during the Thirty Years' War the town was successfully defended against a German Swedish army with the help of the town women.[3] During the first world war this was the site of an Officers' Prisoner of War camp.



  1. "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). June 2016.
  2. "Investor consortium to rescue high-end TV maker Loewe". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3.,2144,3537654,00.html Women's History Is Writ Large in Bavarian Town] Accessed 8-6-2008

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