Harburg, Bavaria

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Coordinates: 48°46′N10°40′E / 48.767°N 10.667°E / 48.767; 10.667 Coordinates: 48°46′N10°40′E / 48.767°N 10.667°E / 48.767; 10.667
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Schwaben
District Donau-Ries
   Mayor Wolfgang Kilian (CSU)
  Total 73.17 km2 (28.25 sq mi)
Elevation 413 m (1,355 ft)
Population (2016-12-31) [1]
  Total 5,508
  Density 75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 86655
Dialling codes 09080
Vehicle registration DON
Website www.stadt-harburg-schwaben.de

Harburg is a town in Bavaria, in the Donau-Ries district. It is situated on the Wörnitz River

Donau-Ries District in Bavaria, Germany

Donau-Ries (Danube-Ries) is a Landkreis (district) in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by the districts of Ansbach, Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen, Eichstätt, Neuburg-Schrobenhausen, Aichach-Friedberg, Augsburg and Dillingen, and by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Wörnitz (river) river in Germany

The Wörnitz is a river in Bavaria, Germany, a left tributary of the Danube. Its source is near Schillingsfürst, in the Middle Franconia region of Bavaria. It flows south, through the Nördlinger Ries, and flows into the Danube in Donauwörth. Towns along the Wörnitz include Wörnitz, Dinkelsbühl, Wassertrüdingen, Oettingen, Harburg and Donauwörth.


The city is part of the scenic route called "Romantische Straße" (Romantic Road) with one of the most impressive remaining medieval castles in Germany.

Romantic Road scenic route

The Romantic Road is a "theme route" devised by promotion-minded travel agents in the 1950s. It describes the 350 kilometres (220 mi) of surface roads between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, specifically in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, linking a number of picturesque towns and castles. In medieval times, it was a trade route that connected the center of Germany with the south. Today, this region is thought by many international travellers to possess "quintessentially German" scenery and culture, in towns and cities such as Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber and in castles such as Burg Harburg and the famous Neuschwanstein. The Romantic Road is marked along the way with brown signs.

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Main sights

The castle was first mentioned in 1150 and has never been seriously damaged by war. Unlike many other German castles which were built in the last 200 years or rebuilt after World War II, Harburg Castle retains the feel of the Middle Ages. Singer Michael Jackson called it "the castle of my dreams", and tried unsuccessfully to buy it.

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Harburg Castle castle

Harburg Castle in Harburg, Bavaria, in the Donau-Ries district, is an extensive mediaeval complex from the 11th / 12th century. Originally it was a Staufer castle, now it is owned by the princely House of Oettingen-Wallerstein.

Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer

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The village itself is quaint with many footpaths and a historic stone bridge.

A rare historic Jewish cemetery is another point of interest.

Cemetery Place of burial

A cemetery or graveyard is a place where the remains of dead people are buried or otherwise interred. The word cemetery implies that the land is specifically designated as a burial ground and originally applied to the Roman catacombs. The term graveyard is often used interchangeably with cemetery, but a graveyard primarily refers to a burial ground within a churchyard.

Incorporated villages

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  1. "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). January 2018.
  2. Stadt Harburg (Schwaben). "Stadt Harburg (Schwaben) - Stadtteile". www.stadt-harburg-schwaben.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-06-18.