Hirschau

Hirschau is a municipality in the Amberg-Sulzbach district, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany.

Hirschau
Hirschau seen from Monte Kaolino

Coat of arms
Location of Hirschau within Amberg-Sulzbach district
Hirschau
Hirschau
Coordinates: 49°32′N 11°57′E
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionUpper Palatinate
DistrictAmberg-Sulzbach
Government
  MayorHermann Falk (CSU)
Area
  Total74.90 km2 (28.92 sq mi)
Elevation
411 m (1,348 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total5,629
  Density75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
92242
Dialling codes09622
Websitehirschau.de

Geography

Hirschau lies directly on the Bundesstraße 14 (Nuremberg - Rozvadov), 13 km northeast of Amberg and about 65 km east of Nuremberg. Apart from the main village Hirschau, the municipality consists of the following villages:

  • Burgstall
  • Dienhof
  • Ehenfeld
  • Krickelsdorf
  • Kricklhof
  • Krondorf
  • Massenricht
  • Obersteinbach
  • Steiningloh
  • Untersteinbach
  • Weiher

Economy

Kaolin, used for the production of porcelain, has been mined at Hirschau since 1901. Interesting is the Monte Kaolino, a 120 meter high mound made from 32,000,000 tons of quartz sand from excess sand in years of operation. It is now used as a (sand) skiing/camping resort during the summer months. It is also the place where the yearly Sandboarding Championships are held.

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