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Möhrendorf Wasserräder Schmiedsrad.jpg
Watermill in the Regnitz near Möhrendorf.
Country Germany
Basin features
Main source Franconia
±290 m (950 ft)
River mouth Main
49°54′51″N 10°49′47″E / 49.91417°N 10.82972°E / 49.91417; 10.82972Coordinates: 49°54′51″N 10°49′47″E / 49.91417°N 10.82972°E / 49.91417; 10.82972
Physical characteristics
Length 59 km (37 mi)

The Regnitz is a river in Bavaria, Germany. It is a left tributary of the Main and is 59 km (37 mi) in length.

The river is formed by the confluence of the rivers Rednitz and Pegnitz, which meet in the city of Fürth. From there the Regnitz runs northwards through the cities of Erlangen and Forchheim. It finally meets the Main near the city of Bamberg.

Small portions of the Regnitz near Bamberg are incorporated into a canal connecting the Main with the Danube: the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, which runs parallel most of the way from Bamberg to Fürth.

Between Fürth and Forchheim a lot of watermills were used from Middle Ages till 19th century. Some are still there or were reconstructed.


  • Bogner, Franz X. (2007): Rednitz und Regnitz. Eine Luftbildreise von Weißenburg bis Bamberg. Verlag Fränkischer Tag, Bamberg, ISBN 978-3-936897-47-0