Governmental district Upper Palatinate

base data
Land of the Federal Republic: Bavaria
administrative seat: Regensburg
surface: 9.691, 03 km ²
inhabitants: 1.090.318 (30. September 2005)
Population density: 113 inhabitants for each km ²

the Upper Palatinate is one of 7 governmental districts in Bavaria and not to confound with the congruent District Upper Palatinate. It lies in the east Bayerns and borders on Tschechien as well as on the Bavarian governmental districts Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, middle Franconia and Upper Franconia.

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nature area

in the Upper Palatinate gives it some low mountain ranges and many Weiher and lakes in the flatterRegions. The Upper Palatinate is rather thinly populated compared with other regions of Germany. Natural-space important areas are:


protected area Doost between raft and new city at thatWaldnaab

the governmental district Upper Palatinate is crossed by four railway lines and three motorways. These are with the courses the distances:

beyond thatthere is a set of subordinated distances such as z. B.Regensburg - Ingolstadt

with the motorways concerns it

in addition pull numerous federal highways through the governmental district Upper Palatinate. In detail it concerns the B8, the B14, the B15, the B16, the B20, the B22, those B85, the B299 and the B470.


the economy of the Upper Palatinate is particularly by the agriculture, the tourism and coined/shaped in the northern regions of the Upper Palatinate by the Teichwirtschaft. Industrielle structures are limitedon the region Regensburg, which developed considerable economic dynamics in the past 25 years. Beside BMW, Infineon and Siemens produce a number of further enterprises in Regensburg. SiemensVDO has its firm center in Regensburg and operates a work forAutomotive electronics and a development center. Regensburg is to Munich the second-strongest biotechnology location Bayerns (country wide rank 5).

The trade is less strongly represented. In the Middle Ages the ore occurrences of the region were economically exploited, why the Upper Palatinate also “ the Ruhr district of the Middle Ages “mentionedbecomes. Up to the end of the 80's of the last century the iron and steel industry (the “max hut” with the locations Sulzbach Rosenberg and Maxhütte Haidhof ) in connection with the important brown coal occurrences were in the open mining a determining restaurant factor.

Touristi points of attraction are that Oberpfälzer forest, the pin country and the stone forest in the north, the sea-landscape at swan village in the center, come out from the open mining, the law heights in the west as well as the lower Naabtal and the district capital Regensburg in the south. With Nabburg the district operatesthe Oberpfälzer open land museum.

In the national and international tourism better admits is the Bavarian forest, which is convenient in the neighbouring Lower Bavaria both in the Upper Palatinate and. There an old tradition of the Glasbläserkunst is present, those in Zwiesel, Bavarian iron stone and adjacent places are also routistic used. The nature park Oberpfälzer forest , nature park of upper Bavarian forest and the nature park Bavarian forest play an important role in East Bavaria. The region Upper Palatinate is as one of the most inexpensive German holidays regionsadmits; the prices of restaurants and for accommodating are on comparatively favorable level.


historical is identical the Upper Palatinate to Bavarian north gau. The name of the governmental district Upper Palatinate stands in the direct connection with the Pfalz (Palatium) and/or.the name of the Kurpfalz derived from it. After death Ludwig II., divided the house Wittelsbach 1294 into the older line Pfalz and younger Bavaria, whereby the Pfälzer line a part of the areas in north Bavariareceived, which were called later than upper Pfalz in Bavaria. From this designation originated in at the beginning 19. Century the name Upper Palatinate in the course of the re-organization of the new Kingdom of Bavaria.

see also: History of the Upper Palatinate, Oberpfälzer historical map

Head of the provincial government


important Oberpfälzer personalities

administrative arrangement

the governmental district Upper Palatinate possess three circle-free cities and seven districts.

circle-free cities

  1. Amberg
  2. Regensburg
  3. pastures i. D. OPf.


  1. district Amberg Sulzbach
  2. district Cham
  3. districtNew market i.d.OPf.
  4. District new city a.d. Waldnaab
  5. district Regensburg
  6. district swan village
  7. district Tirschenreuth

administrative arrangement of the governmental district Upper Palatinate before the circle reform

old district borders

note: Until the Second World War the governmental districts Lower Bavaria and Upper Palatinate were administered together.

  1. Urban area Amberg
  2. Urban area new market
  3. urban area Regensburg
  4. urban area swan village
  5. urban area pastures
  1. district Amberg
  2. district Beilngries
  3. district mountain realm stone (1938-1945)
  4. district Burglengenfeld
  5. district Cham
  6. district ash brook
  7. district Kemnath
  8. district market iron stone (1938-1945)
  9. district Nabburg
  10. district new market in the Upper Palatinate
  11. district nine-castle vorm forest
  12. district new cityat the Waldnaab
  13. district Oberviechtach
  14. district Parsberg
  15. district Prachatitz (1938-1945)
  16. district Regensburg
  17. district Riedenburg
  18. district Roding
  19. district Sulzbach Rosenberg
  20. district Tirschenreuth
  21. district Vohenstrauss
  22. district forest Munich

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  • important Oberpfälzer of Sigfried Färber, publishing house Pustet 1981 ISBN 3-7917-0723-X

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