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{{Infobox German location
|type = Stadt
|Wappenimage_coa = Wappen Waldkirchen.png
|lat_deg = 48 |lat_min = 43|lat_sec = 49.72
|lon_deg = 13 |lon_min = 36|lon_sec = 4.1
|Lageplanimage_plan = Waldkirchen in FRG.svg
|Bundeslandstate = Bayern
|Regierungsbezirkregion = Niederbayern
|Landkreisdistrict = Freyung-Grafenau
|Höheelevation = 573
|Flächearea = 80.06
|PLZpostal_code = 94065
|Vorwahlarea_code = 08581
|Kfzlicence = FRG
|Gemeindeschlüssel = 09 2 72 151
|Straße = Rathausplatz 1
|Websitewebsite = [http://www.waldkirchen.de/ www.waldkirchen.de]
|Bürgermeistermayor = Josef Höppler
|Parteiparty = [[Christlich-Soziale Union in Bayern|CSU]]/"Junge Wähler Union"
}}
 
Belonging to the Bishop of Passau's territory for more than 600 years, the city became part of the [[Kingdom of Bavaria]] in 1806 and in 1871 of the [[German Empire]].
 
Waldkirchen burned down six times between 1492 and 1945. The last fire was on April 26th26, 1945, when the 16th Company of Regiment Grossdeutschland, SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Das Reich" arrived from [[St. Pölten|St. Pölten, Austria]]. Each squad of ten men was armed with one light machine gun, one machine pistol, two Panzerfaust and rifles. Eight civilians were killed in combat with the 11th Armored Division, and 48 houses and city's historical church were destroyed. In the course of the action 120 families also lost shelter. The devastated city was rebuilt during the 1950s and was chartered in 1972.
 
Waldkirchen was host of the 2007 [[Landesgartenschau]].
[[File:ringmauer l.jpg|thumb|left|City Wall]]
 
Attractions in the town include the City Wall, St. Peter's and St. Paul's Churches, the Schratzlgaenge (hidden labyrinth under the town) and the marketplace.
 
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