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Coat of arms of Naila
Coat of arms
Naila   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°19′N 11°41′E / 50.317°N 11.683°E / 50.317; 11.683Coordinates: 50°19′N 11°41′E / 50.317°N 11.683°E / 50.317; 11.683
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberfranken
District Hof
 • Mayor Frank Stumpf (FW)
 • Total 37.05 km2 (14.31 sq mi)
Population (2014-12-31)[1]
 • Total 7,660
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 95119
Dialling codes 09282
Vehicle registration HO

Naila is a town in the Frankenwald hills, in the Hof district of Bavaria. Naila is situated some 18 km from the larger city of Hof. It is situated on both banks of the Selbitz river.

Naila: The Church of the Transfiguration


The earliest documentation of Naila dates at 1.9.1343. The first settlements in the area around Naila probably happened between the 12th and 14th century. The name Naila first appeared as "Neulins" (and variations thereof), has its origins most likely in the meaning "Small new settlement".

Up until 1972 it was the seat of the then district of Naila. The village of Marxgrün incorporated to Naila in 1978.[citation needed]

After World War II the Iron Curtain, just 8 km north of Naila, cut off a large part of the market for the local industries. In 1979, the town was the landing site of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families' famous balloon escape from East Germany.

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External links (German)[edit]

Map of Naila
History of the city-seal
Description of the balloon-escape from the GDR
official website of the city of Naila