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Kitzingen
Panorama of Kitzingen with Old Bridge on the Main River
Panorama of Kitzingen with Old Bridge on the Main River
Coat of arms of Kitzingen
Coordinates 49°44′0″N 10°10′0″E / 49.733333°N 10.166667°E / 49.733333; 10.166667
Administration
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Lower Franconia
District Kitzingen
Basic statistics
Area 46.99 km2 (18.14 sq mi)
Elevation 186-230 m
Population 20,860  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 444 /km2 (1,150 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate KT
Postal codes 97301–97318
Area code 09321
Website www.kitzingen.info

Kitzingen is a town in the German state of Bavaria, capital of the district Kitzingen. It is part of the Franconia geographical region and has around 21,000 inhabitants.

Surrounded by vineyards, Kitzingen County is the largest wine producer in Bavaria. It is said to be Franconia's wine trade center.

The city's main landmark is the Leaning Tower, built during the 13th century. It is distinctive for its crooked roof. According to town legend, the tower was being built during a drought, and workers used wine instead of water to make the mortar causing the top of the tower to lean. Today the tower holds a carnival (Fasching) museum.

A local legend is that the golden ball atop the crooked tower contains the heart of Vlad Dracula of Romania. If you follow the path of the crooked tower, the golden ball leans directly toward a grave in the Kitzingen Old Cemetery located across the street from the tower that is called the Grave of Dracula.

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