Market square
Market square
Flag of Schwabach
Coat of arms of Schwabach
Location of Schwabach
Schwabach is located in Germany
Schwabach is located in Bavaria
Coordinates: 49°19′45″N 11°1′15″E / 49.32917°N 11.02083°E / 49.32917; 11.02083Coordinates: 49°19′45″N 11°1′15″E / 49.32917°N 11.02083°E / 49.32917; 11.02083
Admin. regionMiddle Franconia
DistrictUrban district
 • Lord mayor (2020–26) Peter Reiß[1] (SPD)
 • Total40.71 km2 (15.72 sq mi)
326 m (1,070 ft)
 • Total41,146
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes09122, 0911
Vehicle registrationSC

Schwabach (German pronunciation: [ˈʃvaːbax] (listen)) is a German city of about 40,000 inhabitants near Nuremberg in the centre of the region of Franconia in the north of Bavaria. The city is an autonomous administrative district (kreisfreie Stadt). Schwabach is also the name of the river which runs through the city prior to joining the Rednitz.

Schwabach is famous for its crafts made of gold, particularly gold foil. In 2004, Schwabach celebrated this tradition with an anniversary festival, marking "500 years gold foil in Schwabach".

Around 1500, a local typesetter developed the "Schwabacher" font. This font was used for printing the first Bible in German, which had been worked out by Martin Luther.


The gold roof of the city hall
The gold roof of the city hall

The name derives from the old Franconian name Suapaha (later Suabaha, then Villa Suabach) which translates as "Schwaben-Bach" in modern German, which means "Swabian stream", the first part of the name was given by the Franconians who came to the area about a millennium after the Hallstatt culture to the people living on the banks of that stream, which were perceived as "Swabians" by them, while the second part of the name is a reference to the stream which flows through the city.



Twin towns – sister cities

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

Schwabach is twinned with:[3]

Notable people


  1. ^ Liste der Oberbürgermeister in den kreisfreien Städten, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, accessed 19 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tabelle 12411-003r Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes: Gemeinden, Stichtag" (in German). Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik. June 2022.
  3. ^ "Partnerstädte". (in German). Schwabach. Retrieved 2021-03-19.