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Coat of arms of Eichstätt
Coat of arms
Location of Eichstätt
Eichstätt is located in Germany
Eichstätt is located in Bavaria
Coordinates: 48°53′31″N 11°11′2″E / 48.89194°N 11.18389°E / 48.89194; 11.18389Coordinates: 48°53′31″N 11°11′2″E / 48.89194°N 11.18389°E / 48.89194; 11.18389
Admin. regionOberbayern
 • Lord MayorAndreas Steppberger (FW)
 • Total47.78 km2 (18.45 sq mi)
393 m (1,289 ft)
 • Total13,512
 • Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
85071, 85072, 85067
Dialling codes08421
Vehicle registrationEI
Residenzplatz in the centre of Eichstätt
Eichstätt Cathedral - view into the western choir
The Willibaldsburg above Eichstätt

Eichstätt (German pronunciation: [ˈaɪçʃtɛt], formerly also Eichstädt or Aichstädt) is a town in the federal state of Bavaria, Germany, and capital of the district of Eichstätt. It is located on the Altmühl river and has a population of around 13,000. Eichstätt is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Eichstätt.



Eichstätt lies on both sides of the river Altmühl in the district of Eichstätt of the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, in the heart of Altmühl Valley Nature Park.


Eichstätt is located at an outlying spur of the Franconian Jura and is famous for the quarries of Solnhofen Plattenkalk (Jurassic limestone). On the Blumenberg the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx was found by Jakob Niemeyer.


St. Willibald founded the Diocese of Eichstätt on the site of an old Roman station in 741. The city was chartered in 908. It was ruled by a prince-bishop, and in the Holy Roman Empire was the seat of the Bishopric of Eichstätt until secularization in 1802. In 1806, it became a part of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Eichstätt was included as part of the Principality of Eichstätt, which King Maximilian I granted to his son-in-law Eugène de Beauharnais in 1817 and an episcopal see was reestablished in 1821.

In 1943, the painter Karl Friedrich Lippmann moved to Eichstätt and stayed until 1955.

Hortus Eystettensis ("Garden at Eichstätt") is the name of an important botanical book first published in 1613 and written by Basilius Besler.

References: Christianne Hoth and Markus Raasch, editors,Eichstatt im Nationalsozialismus. Katholisches Milieu und Volksgemeinschaft", Aschendorff Verlag, Munster, Germany 2017


The town is dominated by the Willibaldsburg. Besides the cathedral, Eichstätt also sports numerous churches and monasteries.


  • 1944–1945: Hans Rösch
  • 1945–1948: Romuald Blei
  • 1948–1949: Richard Jaeger CSU
  • 1949–1951: Romuald Blei
  • 1951–1976: Hans Hutter, CSU
  • 1976–1994: Ludwig Kärtner, CSU
  • 1994–2012: Arnulf Neumeyer, SPD
  • since 2012: Andreas Steppberger, Free Voters Bavaria


Eichstätt is home to the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (K-U), the lone Catholic university in Germany. The K-U was founded in 1980, and was granted full rights of a university, including Ph.D. and Habilitation degrees by the State of Bavaria.[2]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

Max von Widnmann

Personalities connected with the city[edit]

  • Pope Victor II (Gebhard von Dollnstein-Hirschberg) († 1057), fifth German pope 1055-1057
  • Gundekar II of Eichstätt (1019-1075), bishop, church politician, (sarcophagus in the St. John's Chapel of the Cathedral).
  • Loy Hering (1484/85-1564), Renaissance sculptor from Kaufbeuren, councilor and mayor in Eichstätt
Prinz Maximilian of Saxony 1901
  • Elias Holl (1573–1646), master builder from Augsburg, architect of the Willibaldsburg
  • Karl Engel, brother of Jakob Engel, carpenter and builder (1675 pagealtaries of St. Walburg)
  • Franz Xaver Witt (1834–1888), church musician, composer, reformer, founder of the general German Cäcilienvereine, 1870-1871 conductor of Eichstätt
  • Prince Maximilian of Saxony (1870–1951) (1870–1951), prince of the albertine branch, priestly and chaplain activity in Eichstätt, church researcher
  • Cesare Orsenigo (1873-1946 in Eichstätt), from 1930 to 1945 apostolic Nuncio in Germany, successor of Pius XII. (Eugenio Pacelli) as Apostolic Nuncio in Germany
  • Karl Friedrich Lippmann (1883–1957), art painter, (New Objectivity), 1943-1955 in Eichstätt

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). September 2018.
  2. ^ Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt ECTS Information Guide, International Relations 15.05.06

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