Kronach is a town in Oberfranken, Bavaria
Bavaria, formally the Free State of Bavaria is a state of Germany, located in the southeast of Germany. With an area of , it is the largest state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany...

, Germany
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, located in the Frankenwald
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 area. It is the capital of the district Kronach
Kronach (district)
Kronach is a district in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by the districts of Hof, Kulmbach, Lichtenfels and Coburg, and the state of Thuringia .-History:...


Kronach is the birthtown of Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder , was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving...

 and Maximilian von Welsch
Maximilian von Welsch
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, as well as Johann Kaspar Zeuss and Josef Stangl
Josef Stangl
Josef Stangl was a Roman Catholic Bishop of Würzburg, Germany.Born in Kronach, Bavaria, Stangl became a priest on 16 March 1930, and he was appointed by Pope Pius XII as bishop of Würzburg on 27 June 1957....

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.
The rivers Haßlach, Kronach and Rodach unite in Kronach.


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

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