Hirschau

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Hirschau
Coat of arms of Hirschau
Coat of arms
Hirschau  is located in Germany
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
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Upper Palatinate
District Amberg-Sulzbach
Government
 • Mayor Hans Drexler (CSU)
Area
 • Total 74.90 km2 (28.92 sq mi)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,819
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 92242
Dialling codes 09622

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

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

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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