Schwarzach (Altmuehl)

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upper reaches in a row: Siegenbach , Hintere Schwarzach
The confluence of the two Schwarzacharms in the Altmühl near Kinding

The confluence of the two Schwarzacharms in the Altmühl near Kinding

Water code EN : 1384
location Nuremberg basin and sand plates

Freystädter Albvorland


Beilngrieser surface alb


River system Danube
Drain over Altmühl  → Danube  → Black Sea
origin Union of Siegenbach and Schwarzwasser near Kemnath , Markt Postbauer-Heng
49 ° 17 ′ 57 ″  N , 11 ° 20 ′ 2 ″  E
Source height approx.  432  m above sea level NN
muzzle In Kinding from the left and north in the Altmühl coordinates: 48 ° 59 '57 "  N , 11 ° 23' 14"  E 48 ° 59 '57 "  N , 11 ° 23' 14"  E
Mouth height below  372  m
Height difference approx. 60 m
Bottom slope approx. 1.1 ‰
length 52.9 km  with Siegenbach
Catchment area 510.45 km²
Discharge at the Mettendorf
A Eo gauge: 295.3 km².
Location: 6.9 km above the mouth
NNQ (09.09.1947)
MNQ 1931–2012
MQ 1931–2012
Mq 1931–2012
MHQ 1931–2012
HHQ (13.04.1994)
30 l / s
417 l / s
2.26 m³ / s
7.7 l / (s km²)
29.6 m³ / s
68.4 m³ / s
Right tributaries Eichelbach , Thalach , Anlauter

The Schwarzach (local: Schwarza) is a 53 km long river in Bavaria in the foreland of the Southern Franconian Alb and on the Southern Franconian Alb , which flows south from Postbauer-Heng and flows into the Altmühl from the left near Kinding in the Upper Bavarian district of Eichstätt .


In the upper reaches, this Schwarzach is also called “Hintere Schwarzach” to distinguish it from the tributary of the same name, the Rednitz , which is also called “Vordere Schwarzach”. The catchment areas of the Vorderer and Hinterer Schwarzach collide and they themselves come closer than 5 km.



The Schwarzach arises west of Kemnath in the municipality of Postbauer-Heng through the confluence of the larger left Siegenbach , which rises on the west side of the Dillberg, with the right Schwarzwasser, which rises near Burgthann -Uunterferrieden . After a further 48 km to the south, it joins the Altmühl from the left at Kinding .

Places on the Schwarzach are Seligenporten (district of Pyrbaum ), Freystadt , Greding and Kinding . The lower reaches of the Schwarzach flow through the Altmühltal Nature Park .

The most important tributaries are the Thalach coming from Thalmässing and above all the Anlauter , which both flow into the lower reaches and from the right, the Anlauter only a good kilometer before the mouth of the Schwarzach into the Altmühl.


Incomplete list. From the source to the mouth. Length and catchment area according to the official register of waters. Other sources are noted.

See also


Web links

Commons : Schwarzach  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Height according to the contour diagram on the BayernAtlas
  2. a b c Directory of brook and river areas in Bavaria - Lech to Naab river area, page 117 of the Bavarian State Office for the Environment, as of 2016 (PDF; 2.9 MB) (Schwarzach itself currently on page 117, its tributaries continue to page 121)
  3. Flood news service of the Bavarian State Office for the Environment ( information )
  4. a b Length and catchment area measured on the BayernAtlas