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Coat of arms of Rinchnach
Coat of arms
Rinchnach  is located in Germany
Location of Rinchnach within Regen district
Rinchnach in REG.svg
Coordinates: 48°57′N 13°12′E / 48.950°N 13.200°E / 48.950; 13.200Coordinates: 48°57′N 13°12′E / 48.950°N 13.200°E / 48.950; 13.200
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Niederbayern
District Regen
 • Mayor Michael Schaller (SPD)
 • Total 40.20 km2 (15.52 sq mi)
Elevation 564 m (1,850 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,095
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 94269
Dialling codes 09921
Vehicle registration REG
Website www.rinchnach.de

Rinchnach is a municipality in the Lower Bavarian district of Regen, of Germany. As of 2000, the population was 3,261.


Rinchnach is in the midst of the Bavarian Forest, just 7 kilometers southeast of the town Rain, and 9 kilometers south of Zwiesel. The village spreads over a wide, sunny valley at the foot of the Gsengetstein Mountain.

The Rinchnacher Ohe River flows through Rinchnach.


Saint Gunther, a Benedictine monk from the Niederaltaich Abbey, created the first settlement in the central Bavarian Forest when he founded the Rinchnach monastery in 1011. The community's history is closely connected with the monastery.

The municipality was destroyed and looted in the Rinchnach Thirty Years' War in 1641. This happened again in 1703 by the Swedes in the War of Spanish Succession, and yet again by the Austrians in 1742-1744 during the War of Austrian Succession.