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Pottenstein

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Pottenstein is a town in the district of Bayreuth, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated 23 km southwest of Bayreuth, and 26 km east of Forchheim.HistoryDuring World War II, a subcamp of Flossenbürg concentration camp was located here.GeographyThe city of Pottenstein, altitude 350–614 m AMSL, with its nearly 1,500 inhabitants, is a health-resort in Franconian Switzerland. It nestles at the convergence of the Püttlach, Weihersbach and Haselbrunn valleys surrounded by high cliffs and at the foot of the 1000-year-old castle, which has played an important role throughout the city's history.MayorsSince 2002 Stefan Frühbeißer is the mayor of Pottenstein. His predecessor was Dieter Bauernschmitt, who was in office for 12 years. From 1935-1945 and again from 1953-1972 Hans Dippold was the mayor of Pottenstein. The farmer and restaurant keeper joined already in 1931 the NSDAP.Tourist attractionsSaint Elisabeth, widow of Ludwig IV, Landgrave of Thuringia, was held hostage within its walls from 1228 to 1229. Many buildings bear her name even today. According to legend, while she was being threatened, the eggs and lard in her basket were transformed into beautiful roses — a local adaptation of the famous Miracle of the roses. Since 2004 there has been a marked walking route through the town, known as the "Elisabeth Route".
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