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

Hirschau
Hirschau seen from Monte Kaolino
Hirschau seen from Monte Kaolino
Coat of arms of Hirschau
Coat of arms
Location of Hirschau within Amberg-Sulzbach district
Hirschau in AS.svg
Hirschau is located in Germany
Hirschau
Hirschau
Hirschau is located in Bavaria
Hirschau
Hirschau
Coordinates: 49°32′N 11°57′E / 49.533°N 11.950°E / 49.533; 11.950Coordinates: 49°32′N 11°57′E / 49.533°N 11.950°E / 49.533; 11.950
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

GeographyEdit

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

EconomyEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2019.