||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (March 2009)|
|• Mayor||Max Niedermeier (CSU)|
|• Total||63.79 km2 (24.63 sq mi)|
|Elevation||609 m (1,998 ft)|
|• Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||FRG, GRA, WOS|
Grafenau is a town in the Freyung-Grafenau district, in Bavaria, Germany. 32 km north of Passau, the town is situated in the Bavarian Forest and is the base of the Bavarian Forest National Park Authority. Grafenau is a holiday destination with a variety of kinds of accommodation from self-catering apartments to a "holiday village".
Location and facilities
The town lies in the Bavarian Forest at a height between 600 and 700 meters over sea level, right beside the Bavarian Forest National Park. The Kleine Ohe river flows along the east and south of the town.
In April 1945, Major General Stafford LeRoy Irwin opened his XII Corps Headquarters there.
Since 1976 there has been an artificial lake (surrounded by a park) which is used for sport and recreation.
There are museums about the town and surrounding area, including a museum with a collection of traditional furniture, and also a museum about snuff.
The town has curling and ice skating rinks (which are seasonal), and ski drag lifts in an area which in summer months is used for bobsleds. There is also a golf course.
There is a Catholic church, a railway terminus, and a bus station, in addition to a range of hotels, shops, and garage facilities for motorists.
- "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). 31 December 2013.
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