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Coat of arms of the Bernhardswald community
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Coordinates: 49 ° 5 '  N , 12 ° 15'  E

Basic data
State : Bavaria
Administrative region : Upper Palatinate
County : regensburg
Height : 445 m above sea level NHN
Area : 71.84 km 2
Residents: 5419 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 75 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 93170
Primaries : 09407, 09463
License plate : R.
Community key : 09 3 75 119
Community structure: 91 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Rathausplatz 1
93170 Bernhardswald
Website :
First Mayor : Florian Obermeier (CSU)
Location of the municipality of Bernhardswald in the district of Regensburg
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Bernhardswald is a municipality in the Upper Palatinate district of Regensburg and is located in the Falkensteiner Vorwald northeast of Regensburg .


Community structure

There are 91 officially named municipal parts:

Districts (population as of July 31, 2007)

  • Bernhardswald (2608)
  • Adlmannstein (333)
  • Hackenberg (277)
  • Erlbach (165)
  • Hauzendorf (409)
  • Kürn (909)
  • Lambertsneukirchen (171)
  • Fiefdom (154)
  • Lehenfelden (64)
  • Pettenreuth (469)
  • Samberg (43)
  • Wulkersdorf (216)
  • Wolfersdorf (69)


Former Castle chapel of the Holy Cross Bernhardswald

Until the 19th century

Bernhardswald was first mentioned in a document in 1362. Other places in the parish are older.

First documentary mentions of the parts of the municipality (year):

  • Wolfersdorf: 1137
  • Hauzendorf: 1140/50
  • Kürn: 1143/46
  • Wulkersdorf: 1268
  • Pettenreuth: 1285
  • Wolferszwing: 1325
  • Lambertsneukirchen: 1326
  • Adlmannstein: 1334

In 1394 the rule over the castle Kürn passed to the Paulsdorfer and after the extinction of the noble family (1623) in 1649 it came to the von Stingelheim. This was in their possession until it died out in 1826.

On September 12, 1504, the decisive battle in the Landshut War of Succession took place near Bernhardswald on the so-called Hafenreuther Feldern near Schönberg . In 1825 the Kürner Castle burned down and was rebuilt in classicist forms. It has been in the possession of the Counts of Walderdorff since 1830 .

In the course of the administrative reforms in Bavaria, the municipal edict of 1818 created today's municipalities, such as Bernhardswald, Adlmannstein, Hackenberg, Lambertsneukirchen, Hauzendorf, Plitting, Kürn and Pettenreuth.

In Bernhardswald, Hackenberg, Hauzendorf and Kürn there were patrimonial courts of the 2nd order. In Bernhardswald the patrimonial court was administered by the first class patrimonial court ( lordship court ) in Schönberg of the princes of Thurn and Taxis . These last remnants of aristocratic rule were abolished in the 1848 revolution .

20th and 21st centuries

In 1913, Bernhardswald received a railway connection through the construction of the now closed Regensburg – Falkenstein railway.

At the end of the Second World War in April 1945, the death marches of concentration camp prisoners began from the Flossenbürg concentration camp to the Dachau concentration camp. A death march took prisoners through the community between April 20 and 24, 1945. In the forest area in jacket 15 prisoners were shot. In 1945 or 1946 parts of the dissolved community of Kreuth were incorporated. On January 1, 1972, the previously independent communities Adlmannstein , Hackenberg (with parts of the Lambertsneukirchen community, which was dissolved on October 1, 1926 ), Hauzendorf (with the remaining parts of the Lambertsneukirchen community, which was dissolved on October 1, 1926, and in 1945 or 1946 incorporated parts of Plitting ), Kürn and Pettenreuth (with the territorial parts of Plitting incorporated on April 1, 1949). Parts of the area of ​​the dissolved community of Wulkersdorf were added on January 1, 1974.

In the past decades, Bernhardswald has developed from an agricultural place to a residential community through the designation of building land and investments in infrastructure. Important goals of the community are currently investments in renewable, environmentally friendly energy, energy-saving technology, the further development of the infrastructure and broadband supply. Between 1988 and 2018 the municipality grew from 4,349 to 5,438 by 1,089 inhabitants or 25%.


As in the entire Upper Palatinate, the majority of the population in Bernhardswald is Roman Catholic.

Roman Catholic Church

In the municipality there is the Catholic parish community Bernhardswald-Lambertsneukirchen-Pettenreuth-Benefician Kürn. It is assigned to the diocese of Regensburg .

Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Protestant Christians in Bernhardswald belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church Community in Regenstauf.


City council election 2020
(Votes in percent)
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
-5.1  % p
-5.3  % p
+ 20.1  % p
+ 8.1  % p.p.

Municipal council

The municipal council was last elected on March 15, 2020. The distribution of seats is as follows: CSU 9, FW 7, Greens 2 and SPD 2. Of the 4,517 residents who are entitled to vote in the Bernhardswald community, 3,443 exercised their right to vote, bringing the turnout to 76.22 percent.


Florian Obermeier (CSU) has been the first mayor since May 2020.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of the Bernhardswald community
Blazon : “With a pinnacle divided by silver and red; above two green fir trees, below a silver ploughshare. "

The coat of arms has been in use since 1975.

Justification of the coat of arms: The pinnacle is intended to remind of the numerous nobility residences in the municipality that used to be.

Culture and sights


Kürn Castle
  • Parish Church of St. Bernhard in Bernhardswald
  • Parish Church of the Visitation in Kürn
  • Parish Church of the Assumption in Pettenreuth
  • Parish Church of St. Lambert in Lambertsneukirchen
  • Bernhardswald Castle in gable construction from the 18th century, rebuilt after a fire in 1885.
  • Kürn Castle from 1826, classicist four-wing complex with hipped roof, main facade with nine window axes and central projectile. The previous building was mentioned in 1394. After the Kürners, the owners were later the Paulsdorfer and Walderdorffers . Destroyed by fire in 1825 and rebuilt in its current form in 1826.
  • Adlmannstein Castle
  • Hackenberg Castle
  • Hauzendorf Castle
  • Wulkersdorf Castle

All architectural monuments

Sports and clubs

Logo of TSV Bernhardswald

In addition to the Drei Tannen Lehen shooting club and numerous other clubs, there are five sports clubs in the community. The largest sports club and also the largest club is TSV Bernhardswald. There are also TSV Pettenreuth-Hauzendorf, 1. FC Kürn and SV Adlmannstein.

The Bernhardswald volunteer fire brigade and the fire brigades in the districts of Kürn, Pettenreuth, Hauzendorf, Lambertsneukirchen, Kreuth, Adlmannstein, Hackenberg and Wulkersdorf provide fire protection and general help in the community and beyond.

Nature and leisure

High stone near Kürn

At 577 meters, the "Hoher Stein" granite rocks in the municipality of Kürn are the highest point in the Bernhardswald municipality.

There is a wide range of leisure activities with hiking on designated trails, cycling, Nordic walking and cross-country skiing trails in winter.

Economy and Infrastructure

Bernhardswald has a good infrastructure. There is sufficient medical care, pharmacies as well as numerous farms, trade, craft and service companies.


Commercial areas on Bundesstrasse 16 create a convenient location for business people. The community is a popular residential area with good transport links to Regensburg.

Working group of the Upper Bavarian Forest

On January 8, 2007, the working group for the Vorderer Bayerischer Wald, or “AG Vorwald” for short, was founded. The aim of the working group is to promote and strengthen the region in terms of tourism, economy and culture. Members of this community are the communities Altenthann , Bernhardswald, Brennberg , Falkenstein , Michelsneukirchen , Rettenbach , Wald , Wiesenfelden , Zell and the city of Wörth an der Donau . In addition, all local, tourism and tourist associations in these communities.


There are numerous holiday apartments and private quarters in the community. Tourism is geared towards holidays on the farm .

There is the Altenthann-Bernhardswald-Kürn Tourist Association.


Public facilities

  • Kindergarten Bernhardswald
  • Kindergartens in Bernhardswald, Kürn and Lambertsneukirchen
  • Community library
  • Recycling center
  • Sewage treatment plant


  • Bernhardswald primary school
  • Primary school Pettenreuth


The Mittelbayerische Zeitung and the Regensburger Wochenblatt , an edition of the Wochenblatt publishing group, appear in the municipality .

In addition to national programs, the community can also receive the radio stations Radio Charivari , Radio Gong FM and the regional television station TVA .


Web links

Commons : Bernhardswald  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. "Data 2" sheet, Statistical Report A1200C 202041 Population of the municipalities, districts and administrative districts 1st quarter 2020 (population based on the 2011 census) ( help ).
  2. Mayor & City Council. Bernhardswald parish, accessed on May 30, 2020 .
  3. Bernhardswald community in the local database of the Bavarian State Library Online . Bavarian State Library, accessed on November 28, 2017.
  4. Diethard Schmid: Altbayern row I issue 66: Regensburg II. The district court Haidau-Pfatter and the Palatinate-Neuburg rule Heilsberg-Wiesent. Munich, 2014, from the series: Commission for Bavarian State History (Ed.): Historischer Atlas von Bayern , ISBN 978-3-7696-6558-1 , p. 599.
  5. Death march memorial near Bernhardswald
    Described by local councilor Albert Wagner
  6. ^ Wilhelm Volkert (ed.): Handbook of Bavarian offices, communities and courts 1799–1980 . CH Beck, Munich 1983, ISBN 3-406-09669-7 , p. 573 .
  7. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 657 .
  8. ^ Election of the Bernhardswald municipal council . Bernhardswald community. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Entry on Bernhardswald's coat of arms  in the database of the House of Bavarian History , accessed on August 6, 2020 .
  11. ^ Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Bayerischer Wald [1] , accessed on December 26, 2014.