Infobox Ort in Deutschland
Art = Stadt
Wappen = Wappen_Frankenau.pnglat_deg = 51 |lat_min = 06
lon_deg = 08 |lon_min = 56
Lageplan =
Bundesland = Hessen
Regierungsbezirk = Kassel
Landkreis = Waldeck-Frankenberg
Höhe = 430
Fläche = 57.29
Einwohner = 3439
Stand = 2006-12-31
PLZ = 35109–35110
Vorwahl = 06455
Kfz = KB
Gemeindeschlüssel = 06 6 35 010
Gliederung = 6 Stadtteile
Adresse = Ehlingshäuser Str. 1
35110 Frankenau
Website = []
Bürgermeister = Dr. Reinhard Kubat
Partei = SPD

Frankenau is a small town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in Hesse, Germany.



Frankenau lies in the Kellerwald range southwest of the Talgang (566 m-high mountain). It is found on the southern edge of the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park on the upper reaches of the Lorfebach, a tributary to the Eder. Frankenau lies 10 km east of Frankenberg, and 33 km northeast of Marburg.

Neighbouring communities

Frankenau borders in the north on the community of Vöhl, in the east on the community of Edertal and the town of Bad Wildungen, in the south on the community of Haina, and in the west on the town of Frankenberg (all in Waldeck-Frankenberg).

Constituent communities

The town of Frankenau consists of the centres of Allendorf, Altenlotheim, Dainrode, Ellershausen and Louisendorf.


Frankenau and its neighbouring town Frankenberg are believed to have come into being in Frankish times. The area was settled at one time by the Chatti. The actual place Frankenau was built as a border fortification against the Saxons. The town's founding is assumed to have taken place between 500 and 750, with town rights later being granted by Heinrich Raspe, Landgrave of Thuringia, in 1242.

The oldest surviving document about Frankenau was issued on 4 April 1266 and affirms the granting of town rights.

Frankenau was for centuries a poor, little farming town. A particularly heavy fate befell the townsfolk on 22 April 1865 when almost the whole town burnt down in a fire. Through the townsfolk's enormous efforts, the town was built again.

Today, Frankenau is, as an acknowledged resort town, one of Waldeck-Frankenberg's holiday centres and has also been since the early 1970s the main centre of the greater community then formed.


Town council

The town council's 23 seats are apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held on 26 March 2006:Note: "Freie Bürger" ("Free Citizens") is a citizens' coalition.

Coat of arms

Frankenau's civic coat of arms might heraldically be described thus: In gules a lion rampant Or armed and langued azure.Frankenau's oldest known seals date from the mid 16th century and showed the lion of Hesse, with the usual red and silver stripes as seen in Hesse's coat of arms at right, and indeed in many civic coats of arms throughout Hesse. The current colours – including the heraldically unusual blue for a lion's tongue – have been in use since at least 1605. []

Town partnerships

* Die, "département" of Drôme, France, since 1991
* Wirksworth, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, since 2006

The partnership is a three-sided arrangement, with Die and Wirksworth also partnered with each other.


Frankenau is writer and Dadaism cofounder Richard Huelsenbeck's birthplace.


External links


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