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Coat of arms of Kemnath
Coat of arms
Kemnath   is located in Germany
Location of Kemnath within Tirschenreuth district
Kemnath in TIR.svg
Coordinates: 49°52′N 11°53′E / 49.867°N 11.883°E / 49.867; 11.883Coordinates: 49°52′N 11°53′E / 49.867°N 11.883°E / 49.867; 11.883
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberpfalz
District Tirschenreuth
Municipal assoc. Kemnath
 • Mayor Werner Nickl (CSU)
 • Total 54.13 km2 (20.90 sq mi)
Elevation 462 m (1,516 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,398
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 95478
Dialling codes 09642
Vehicle registration TIR, KEM

Kemnath is a small city in the district of Tirschenreuth, in Bavaria, Germany. It is situated near the Fichtelgebirge, 24 km southeast of Bayreuth. The city's motto is "das Tor zur Oberpfalz," which translates into English as "The Door to the Upper Palatinate."[2]


The city was first referenced in historical documents on July 6, 1008 by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry II when he founded another town named Keminata in the Diocese of Bamberg.[3] In 2008 Kemnath celebrated their 1000th anniversary with a series of special events throughout the city at various times during the year that culminated with a major celebration in August 2008.


The city is in the foothills of the Fichtelgebirge Mountains of northeast Bavaria and is approximately 55 km from the Czech border at Mähring. It is located in a valley formed by three streams, the Mühlbach, Flötzbach, and Schirnitzbach. The Steinwald Nature park abuts the edge of the town as well and stretches from Kemnath to the Czech border.


The two largest employers in Kemnath are the Ponnath Meat Processing plant[4] and a Siemens Health Care production facility.[5]


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