Wörth on the Danube

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Coat of arms of the city of Wörth ad Donau
Wörth on the Danube
Map of Germany, position of the city of Wörth ad Donau highlighted

Coordinates: 49 ° 0 '  N , 12 ° 24'  E

Basic data
State : Bavaria
Administrative region : Upper Palatinate
County : regensburg
Management Community : Wörth on the Danube
Height : 335 m above sea level NHN
Area : 52.24 km 2
Residents: 4909 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 94 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 93086
Area code : 09482
License plate : R.
Community key : 09 3 75 210
City structure: 29 districts

City administration address :
Rathausplatz 1
93086 Wörth ad Donau
Website : www.woerth-donau.de
Mayor : Josef Schütz ( CSU )
Location of the city of Wörth ad Donau in the district of Regensburg
Landkreis Amberg-Sulzbach Landkreis Cham Landkreis Dingolfing-Landau Landkreis Eichstätt Landkreis Kelheim Landkreis Landshut Landkreis Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz Landkreis Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm Landkreis Schwandorf Straubing Landkreis Straubing-Bogen Regensburg Forstmühler Forst Kreuther Forst Brunn (Oberpfalz) Alteglofsheim Altenthann Aufhausen Bach an der Donau Barbing Beratzhausen Bernhardswald Bernhardswald Brennberg Brunn (Oberpfalz) Deuerling Donaustauf Duggendorf Hagelstadt Hemau Holzheim am Forst Kallmünz Köfering Laaber Lappersdorf Mintraching Mötzing Neutraubling Nittendorf Obertraubling Pentling Pettendorf Pfakofen Pfatter Pielenhofen Riekofen Regenstauf Schierling (Oberpfalz) Sinzing Sünching Tegernheim Thalmassing Wenzenbach Wiesent (Gemeinde) Wörth an der Donau Wolfsegg (Oberpfalz) Zeitlarnmap
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Wörth Castle on the Danube - the city's landmark
City parish church St. Petrus , background: Castle Wörth
Welcome sign at the entrance to Wörth

Wörth an der Donau (officially: Wörth adDonau ) is the third largest city and easternmost municipality in the Regensburg district in the Upper Palatinate administrative district in Bavaria as well as a central place halfway (approx. 25 km each) between Regensburg and Straubing in Eastern Bavaria as well as the seat of the administrative association Wörth on the Danube .

The city, two kilometers from the Danube river and federal waterway , represents the economic and cultural center of the eastern district and is known as “a gateway to the Bavarian Forest ”.

The township has a rich history. At the end of the 15th century, Wörth was granted market privileges with an urban constitution, after having had market rights as early as 1340 . From the 19th century onwards, the place increasingly developed into an economic, service and commercial location. Landmark of the city is the Wörth Castle on the Danube in the Renaissance style , located on a mountain in the middle of the city.


Wörth: in the background the Bavarian Forest, in the foreground the Danube

Geographical location

Two different natural spaces meet in Wörth . The mountainous Falkensteiner Vorwald , part of the Bavarian Forest , in the north and the neighboring plain of the Gäuboden (Dungau) to the south . Here the Wiesent flows through the Oberachdorf district and flows into the Gmünder Au . Almost the entire municipal area is north of the Danube , a small part (approx. 0.5 km² of agricultural land) also on the opposite bank of the Danube near Kiefenholz . It extends to altitudes between 320 m on the Danube and 636 m in the Hungersacker district. The center of Wörth is 335 m above sea level. NHN (near the parish church) between the Bavarian forest foothills Herrnberg (399 m), Königsberg (373 m), Lerchenhaube (447 m) and Schlossberg (380 m). Due to its geographical location, Wörth is also known as the “city between river and mountain” .

Wörth and the Danube

Danube landscape with Wörth Castle by Albrecht Altdorfer (around 1522)

Over the centuries, the Danube landscape near Wörth has changed a lot. Even today the river is characterized by constant change. Earlier sources were less concerned with the river than with the surrounding landscape. Albrecht Altdorfer began to reproduce the beauty of nature in his paintings around 1520; this is how the painting "Danube Landscape with Wörth Castle" was created.

The natural course of the Danube near Wörth in 1749

The character of the natural stream is most evident in old maps from an agricultural point of view with the islands, Wöhrde and Anschütten that existed at the time. Travel reports from the 19th century praise the land on the Danube near Wörth: At last the ship reaches the height of the long-awaited Wörth on a bend, which is stately there on its mountain cone. You think you are approaching there by ship; but only centuries ago the river may have flowed at the foot of this beautiful hill. He will now flee it as soon as he comes close enough. (Author: Joseph August Schultes )

In addition to the settlements around Wörth near the Danube, motor shipping at the beginning of the 20th century had to struggle with the constantly changing river bed due to flooding; so the German Reich tried to improve the situation through a contract in 1921 with the Rhein-Main-Donau AG by straightening and damming as well as a bank reinforcement. A 100-year contract was signed that is still valid today and led to the construction of the dam in 1928/29. The navigability at low tide was the main goal of these measures to make the river navigable all year round. The work carried out between 1929 and 1969 did not lead to the goal, however, as the then 70-meter-wide and two-meter-deep fairway was digging further and further and rubble washed away above Straubing landed.

From the east: Regulated Danube (lower right Wörth)

Later, the river was regulated even more by aiming for a total damming of the Danube. The decision to build the Geislinger lock was made on December 21, 1983. The effects of this measure shape the appearance of the Danube near Wörth to the present day. The intervention has a disadvantageous effect on the environment and professional fishing; in addition, the groundwater level along the Danube rose, which also leads to problems.

After the flood of the century in 2013 and the floods in the Deggendorf and Passau areas , the Bavarian State Government decided to hold back floods along the Danube by setting up controlled flood polders as part of the Bavarian Flood Protection Action Program 2020plus. On the Danube, investigations by the Technical University of Munich , commissioned by the Bavarian State Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection, are available. Once again, the planned "Wörthhof" polder in the urban area is to be a massive intervention in the Danube landscape. Such a project had already been dropped in 2007. However, according to suggestions from other specialist groups, the existing barrages would be an effective means of countering floods through optimized barrage management. In the area of ​​the Geisling barrage alone, two million cubic meters of storage space can be freed up by lowering the water level for a 100-year flood and seven million cubic meters for a five-year flood . Through this interaction of all barrages in the entire area of ​​the Danube, one could make an active contribution to the protection of the population on the Danube and avoid further structural intervention.

Due to the coalition agreement concluded between the Free Voters and the CSU after the state elections on October 14, 2018 in Bavaria, the flood polder concept is no longer being pursued in the Regensburg district. The funds released are to be invested in decentralized flood protection along the Danube and all its inlets.

Urban structure and land use

The urban area of ​​Wörth an der Donau is divided into nine districts and 29 officially named districts. The district of Wörth forms the actual core town of Wörth, all other districts are outside of it villages , hamlets or wastelands .

Town hall, municipal coat of arms from the 15th century.
District Districts Residents 1
Wörth adDonau Wörth adDonau 3199
Brennberg Hintergrub, Kälberhäusl, Kirnberg, Pfraumbach, Reichenbach, Reiserhof, Vordergrub
Oberachdorf Oberachdorf, Wörthhof 426
Pine wood Giffa, Kiefenholz, Kleinkiefenholz 246
Tiefenthal Tiefenthal, Wichenbach 122
Hofdorf Gartenroith, Hofdorf, Lohbach 474
Zinzendorf Hof, Zinzendorf 254
Starvation field Hafnerhof, Hinterzirnberg, Hungersacker, Oberelend, Piehl, Unterelend, Vorderzirnberg 227
Pond Hornau, Weihern
total 4948
1 As of November 7, 2018, information from the city administration

Former districts

Until the incorporation of Weihern, beer cutter mill was its district. In the topographical map from 1996 the already abandoned place is indicated as a place to live, in the place name directory of the city of Wörth "Bierschneidermühle" was deleted in 1976, today the place is devastated .

Old market districts

Wörth used to be divided into seven districts:

  • At the port (by the church)
  • Deep path
  • Auffenberg
  • Priell
  • Upper market
  • Kuffweiher (near sand mill)
  • sand

In the 15th century, the old names of the districts, some of which are still known today, appeared: Oberer Markt , Unterer Markt , Unter dem Auffenberg and Auf dem See or Auf dem Sand . Sand is the lowest part of Wörth. The Danube once deposited gravel and sand here; The settlement, which used to be an independent place, was built on this subsoil.

In the 19th and well into the middle of the 20th century, the old districts (with population figures from 1908) were called: Wörth (1246 inhabitants), Sand (190 inhabitants), Hungersdorf (41 inhabitants), Hohenbühl (12 inhabitants) and Schusshütte (52 inhabitants).

The village of Hungersdorf has always been independent, but is no longer included in the register of places from 1964 and became part of the city of Wörth.

Expansion of today's urban area

The center of the urban area ( city ​​center ) is the old town , which stretches from Regensburger Strasse to the west, over the market square, Ludwigstrasse and Taxisstrasse to the north, Schlossstrasse and Petersplatz, and to the east over Rathausplatz and Kirchplatz to Straubinger Strasse (numerous side streets included). After 1945 the city was expanded to the east, north and south through settlement activity. These were the settlement areas Adalbert-Stifter-Strasse , Blöchlbergsiedlung , Hoher Rain , Ostenstrasse and Osterbachstrasse . Later several other settlement areas arose around the center. Starting clockwise in the north, these are: Im Blindfenster , Roithfeld , Reitfeld / Schwarzer Helm , Falkensteiner Straße , Hochberg , Königsberg , Schusshütte , Sandmüllerwiese , Hoher Rain Ost , Kapellenweg , Hoher Bühl and Lerchenhaube .

Today the closed urban area is geographically bounded by the A3 motorway in the south and the foothills of the Bavarian Forest in the west, north and east.

Land consolidation

As part of the land consolidation , numerous measures to reorganize, develop and shape rural areas were carried out in the municipality between 1963 and the end of the 1990s. This included the creation of large, economic areas for agriculture, a reorganization of the road network, the expansion of flood protection, landscape conservation and water management measures as well as far-reaching improvements in the districts through the village renewal program .

Structural data

Ludwigstrasse in the center of Wörth ...
View of Ludwigstrasse around 1920

The urban area covers an area of ​​5224 hectares . The largest share of 2272 hectares is used for forestry, 2112 hectares are used for agricultural purposes, the rest is settlement and traffic areas.

The largest area is Kiefenholz, followed by size: Wörth an der Donau, Hofdorf, Oberachdorf, Tiefenthal, Brennberg (proportionally in the city of Wörth), Zinzendorf, Hungersacker and Weihern.

Wörth an der Donau is the third largest city in the Regensburg district after Neutraubling and Hemau .

Building distribution

Building stock as of December 31, 2012
Residential buildings per 1000 inhabitants 277.8
Share of buildings with 1 apartment 68.1%
Share of buildings with 2 apartments 23.2%
Proportion of buildings with 3 or more apartments 8.7%
Average inhabitants per apartment 3.6
Average Living space per apartment 111.1 m²


... view from the castle to the center ...
View from the castle to the center around 1910
Population distribution as of December 31, 2012
Total population 4586
Population per km² 88
Share 0-6 years in% 5.2
Share 7-15 years in% 8.9
Proportion 16–30 years in% 18.1
Proportion 31-50 years in% 28.5
Proportion 51-65 years in% 21.4
Share over 65 years in% 17.9


The dialect around Wörth belongs to the Middle Bavarian dialect and is strongly influenced by Lower Bavarian due to its close proximity to Lower Bavaria and the dialect language border, which runs only about ten to 15 kilometers to the east. For example, the district capital of Regensburg is pronounced as "Rengschburg" . In the local Bavarian dialect , the city of Wörth is called "Wiard" , in Lower Bavarian as "Wiad" .

Neighboring communities

Neighboring communities are, starting from the north in a clockwise direction: Rettenbach in the district of Cham , Wiesenfelden and Kirchroth in the Lower Bavarian district of Straubing-Bogen , Pfatter , Barbing and Wiesent in the Upper Palatinate district of Regensburg .


The city of Wörth and the district capital of Regensburg, about 25 km away, are located in the moderate climatic zone with a continental impact. The Wörther climate is characterized by stable and dry summers and thus differs from the rain-rich climate of the foothills of the Alps in summer . The Wörth – Regensburg region is the northern border for the foehn known in the foothills of the Alps . From Schloss Wörth it offers a view of the Alps , but its appearance here is rare. In contrast to this, fog and high fog persist for a very long time in autumn and winter , with longer periods with a closed snow cover being the exception. The average annual temperature is 8.0 degrees Celsius, the average annual rainfall 646 millimeters. This means that Wörth and Regensburg are at the bottom of the cities of Bavaria.

The warmest months are June to August with an average of 16.2 to 18.0 degrees Celsius and the coldest December to February with an average of −0.9 to −2.7 degrees Celsius.

The greatest amount of precipitation falls from June to August with an average of 74 to 93 millimeters, the lowest in March and November with an average of 33 to 39 millimeters.

Wörth adDonau - Regensburg
Climate diagram
J F. M. A. M. J J A. S. O N D.
Temperature in ° Cprecipitation in mm
Source: DWD ; wetterkontor.de
Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Wörth adDonau - Regensburg
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 1.2 3.4 9.1 13.9 19.4 21.9 24.1 24.2 19.3 12.7 5.6 2.4 O 13.2
Min. Temperature (° C) −3.6 −3.1 0.5 3.2 7.8 10.9 12.8 12.6 9.3 4.9 0.6 −2.0 O 4.5
Precipitation ( mm ) 40.8 34.1 39.2 38.6 57.0 80.8 81.4 64.7 52.1 48.8 48.5 50.0 Σ 636
Hours of sunshine ( h / d ) 1.4 2.5 4.1 5.4 6.7 6.9 7.6 7.0 5.3 3.5 1.5 1.2 O 4.4
Rainy days ( d ) 9.0 7.9 8.5 8.0 9.6 11.3 11.3 9.5 8.3 7.7 9.9 10.4 Σ 111.4
Humidity ( % ) 88 84 78 72 71 71 70 74 79 84 88 89 O 79
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Source: DWD ; wetterkontor.de


Place name

Wert (Wörth): Map by Johannes Janssonius around 1658

Over the centuries the place name changed: Uuerid ( Old High German ) → Werid → Werd → Wert → Werth → Woerth → Wörth.

The place name means: land enclosed by the water, i.e. peninsula or island. The Danube once had its river bed through old branches of the Danube directly in the southern part of Wörth (Hoher Rain and the former district of Sand). Gravel and sand deposits prove this. Part of today's old town around the parish church, west of the Schlossberg, was swampy at the time. To the north of it there was a large pond in the valley of the Herrnberg, which was filled in over the centuries. The last remainder of this body of water was not finally filled in until 1926. The result is a former island location of the Schlossberg with Schlossstrasse and St. Peter's Square, the oldest parts of Wörth.

Prehistory and early history

In and around Wörth, prehistoric and early historical sites have been secured. About 60,000 years ago, at the beginning of the last ice age , the first people are likely to have stayed in this area. Finds prove this. Traces of the end of the Paleolithic are also secured. Hunting weapons from around 8000-5000 BC were found on slopes in the district of Tiefenthal . Chr.


Sesterce of Marcus Aurelius

There are numerous finds from this period. The richest find to date was recovered from a burial mound field in the Hohenbühl corridor in Wörth in 1892. He is in the time of the Hallstatt culture from the 7th century BC. Dated. Roman settlement will have taken place around AD 70 . A sesterce of Mark Aurel found in Wörth on the road to Falkenstein proves this.

middle Ages

Matthäus Merian the Elder: Castle u. Markt Wörth view from the 17th century.

Wörth has a rich history. The first indication of Wörth's existence is a deed of gift drawn up between 768 and 788. It shows that a certain grandpa transfers his property on the (Danube) island of Opinesaldaha to the Regensburg monastery of St. Emmeram . The place of the donation is given as a church of St. Peter near a monastery in Uuerid . Opinesaldaha is identified with the village of Altach , and the name of one of the witnesses mentioned, Zinzo , is associated with the Wörther district of Zinzendorf and the neighboring Zinzenzell . In the middle of the 9th century, a donation from King Ludwig's newly cleared land in Wörth to the church is known.

Heinrich II. Von Rotteneck pfennig about 1285 bishop. Mint at Wörth Castle

1179 held the Regensburg cathedral bailiff Gebhard III. von Sulzbach held a court day in Wörth. In 1264 a castle was first mentioned in connection with a judge, Cunradus Judex de Werde , in Wörth, in 1285 the episcopal mint was established by Prince-Bishop Heinrich II von Rotteneck in Wörth, and around 1300 the place was called "Städl am Walde" . From the end of the 13th century made Wörth an independent, by a nurse under management rule in the Bishopric of Regensburg . Between 1340 and 1430 the castle and the lordship were pledged several times to noble families and Wittelsbach dukes , including Ludwig the Brandenburger , Stephan von Bayern-Landshut , the dukes of Niederbayern-Straubing and most recently to Wilhelm von Bayern-Munich . Around 1340 the place already had market rights; From 1444 on, law was administered in Wörth. In 1481, Prince-Bishop Heinrich IV confirmed Wörth's market privileges for the first time . As an outward sign of the market constitution, Wörth received its own market seal . At that time the place was like a ducal residence town . A weekly market was held. 1599 a first time school premises mentioned.

The Thirty Years' War also left its mark on Wörth. In 1633 Swedish commissioners appeared and asked the residents of Wörth to accept the Lutheran doctrine. After they stayed with the Catholic faith, half of the market was devastated.

Modern times

View of Wörth before 1841, painting, unknown painter

During the Austrian War of Succession , numerous troops from foreign nations were quartered in Wörth. Even during the Napoleonic Wars from 1786 to 1801, all possible branches of arms and nationalities moved into quarters. A field hospital built at that time caused the market costs and burdens of 2,740 guilders .

After the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss , the Wörth rule became part of the Principality of Regensburg in 1803 . Arch Chancellor Karl Theodor von Dalberg signed the Rhine Confederation Act for the Principality on July 26, 1806 at Wörth Castle . When it was dissolved in 1810, Wörth fell to the Regenkreis in the Kingdom of Bavaria . On this occasion, the mayor of Wörth, Franz Xaver Pittinger, was awarded the Silver Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown . In 1812, Prince Karl Alexander von Thurn und Taxis was granted the domain of Wörth by King Max I Joseph as a hereditary loan. From 1814 to 1848 Wörth was the seat of a Thurn und Taxis ruling court , then a regional court . With the separation of the Bavarian judiciary and administration, Wörth came to the Regensburg District Office in 1862 . In 1879 the regional court was converted into a district court . At Wörth Castle, there were later walled-in prison cells in the keep that were safe from escape for the time. In addition, there was a Fronfeste in Schlossstrasse, also called Fragstatt, later referred to as a local court prison. Wörth was also the seat of a gendarmerie , which was also located there nearby. The police station has been housed in the former district court building on Regensburger Strasse since 1961 .

Wörth after the market fire of 1892

After numerous fires had occurred again and again in the previous decades, large market fires raged on May 29, 1841 and April 12, 1892 and destroyed numerous buildings. The damage in 1892 amounted to 400,000 Reichsmarks. 28 residential buildings and numerous outbuildings were destroyed, and 87 families were made homeless. In the process, Wörth lost a large part of its medieval appearance, but was quickly rebuilt with financial help and largely acquired its present-day appearance.

Keferloher beer mugs formerly Wörther breweries

The first manual pharmacy of a surgeon can be found in Wörth in 1771. In 1809, the last Prince Primate and Prince-Bishop von Dalberg to reside at Schloss Wörth established the first pharmacy , initially called the Castle Pharmacy , and in 1911 the Court Pharmacy . In 1846/47 the first community-owned “old school house” was built in Ludwigstrasse. The “New Schoolhouse” was built in 1891 on Regensburger Strasse; teaching continued in both institutions until 1961. In 1858 the place received its first hospital after a citizen's hospital had already existed in 1486, which was replaced by a new building in 1561. Around 1860 there were eight mills on the Gschwellbach (also called Perlbach ) and numerous craft and service businesses in Wörth and the surrounding area.

A municipal slaughterhouse was built in 1892 . The annual fair order of 1887 shows that there were five market Sundays every year.

Wörth had a remarkable brewing tradition for a good 200 years. Nine breweries were in operation in 1812 , the last of which closed in 1977.

In 1899, Wörth submitted an application to the Royal Ministry of the Interior to register the town, which was not fundamentally rejected, but which, with the decision of September 4, 1900, "cannot currently be given any consequence". The aim of a district office in Woerth in 1902 also failed.

Pastor Freimuth Foundation

The effort to found a kindergarten for Wörth goes back to 1858. The then Catholic pastor Franz Seraph Eberl asked the Regensburg District Office to set up a children's institution . However, since Eberl died in 1859, nothing came of this project at first. Only 50 years later, on October 19, 1909, the first kindergarten was inaugurated in Wörth. This was made possible by the Catholic pastor and royal district school inspector Georg Freimuth through the establishment of the “Pfarrer Freimuths Welfare and Education Foundation”. The efforts at the district office lasted seven years, the initial capital consisted of 20,000 Reichsmarks . The approval was given by His Royal Highness, Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria , of the Kingdom of Bavaria Verweser on June 12, 1909. The institution, in which three nuns from the order of the " poor school sisters " worked, was named after Pope Leo XIII . "Leoheim". The market community honored the work of Pastor Freimuth in the year it was founded in 1909 with the award of honorary citizenship . In 1982 the “Leoheim” had its day as a kindergarten and has since been torn down. The new facility is now called Pfarrer-Freimuth-Kindergarten "Kinder-reich" and is located near the school. The Pfarrer Freimuth Foundation still exists today and is supported by the city of Wörth.

Postal services

Blue three-cruiser postage stamp Bavaria in the middle of the 19th century, canceled in Wörth

The post office had already been housed in Wörth since July 1, 1851 as a post expedition for the mail and transport service and was based in the inn with brewery "Zur Post" in Ludwigstrasse. It took up more than a third of the approximately 200-meter-long main shopping street and, in addition to the remises for the horses of the stagecoaches, also housed the large " Brauereigasthof Engelbert Pittinger, Royal Post Holder and Brewery Owner zu Wörth / Donau" . From this central inn four post lines went to Regensburg , Straubing , Falkenstein (Upper Palatinate) and Brennberg . A little later you could travel to Cham , Amberg , Dingolfing and Eichstätt if necessary . In August 1932, the post office was relocated to a new building on Regensburger Strasse in place of the former hospital. Today the Deutsche Post AG has a branch in the center of Wörth.

In addition, from the time of the Walhallabahn (1903–1968) until the general cargo and express goods traffic was discontinued on March 31, 1966, it was possible to transport mail by rail to Regensburg.

Former basket maker factory

After the prince-bishop's courtyard garden in the former district of "Sand" had passed into the possession of the Princely House of Thurn und Taxis, a basket-making factory built by the prince's house and was very modern at the time was built on its premises. It was one of the few investments made by the Princely House in Wörth after it had sold a brick factory, a wheat beer brewery, the court building and the rent office building. The numerous agricultural goods of the Thurn und Taxis and many other customers throughout Bavaria were supplied from this factory with a willow school . On July 19, 1939, the plant was sold; the last remains of the factory were removed in 1965.

Former village of Waxenberg

Commemorative plaque community Wachsenberg

To the north of the district of Zinzendorf , in the Waxenberger Forest, was the former village of Waxenberg (Wachsenberg) in the royal district court district of Wörth an der Donau. Today only a wayside cross (Marterl) and some remains of the wall remind of this place . On August 24, 1906, the last residents left here. The poor economic situation, the urge to emigrate to the USA and disputes among the residents are likely to have contributed significantly to the move. The village of Waxenberg was given up on schedule and the associated arable land was reforested. After the last family left, the place name Waxenberg in the municipality of Höhenberg was abandoned in the 1930s. A memorial plaque in the "Schiederhof" inn near Wiesenfelden reminds of this community to this day.

For the earlier past of the place see: Article Waxenberg (Upper Palatinate)

The village with the associated wastelands and hamlets was with 2716 hectares one of the largest communities in the domain of Wörth and in the Upper Palatinate. After the reorganization of the communities and districts, the community Wachsenberg was formed in 1827/1828. In 1886 it had 109 inhabitants. It is noticeable that no volunteer fire brigade , as was common at the time, was founded. The place belonged to the pastoral care district parish Pondorf and had lower court rights .

Castle stables on the Waxenberg:

The castle stables "Alte Schlossgräben" and "Schlössel" are in the immediate vicinity of the Waxenberg desert in the Hungersacker district . A third, hitherto unknown castle stables "Castle Slopes" lies south of the castle stables "Schlössel" on the Galgenberg.

20th century

After a state local telephone system had already been opened in 1904 (the cities of Regensburg, Cham and Straubing were connected here), the first municipal spring water supply was put into operation in 1906 with a high-pressure water pipe. First efforts to supply the market with good and adequate drinking water went back to the years 1883 to 1885. As early as 1900, the Princely House of Thurn und Taxis built a private water pipe to the castle.

First World War

1917: change replacement of zinc Schlossapotheke Worth

The economic and political effects of the First World War were also felt in Wörth. On October 17, 1917, court pharmacist August Essenwein received approval from the Royal Government of the Upper Palatinate to issue zinc substitute coins . Today's Taxisstrasse , previously called Falkensteiner Strasse , was renamed Hindenburgstrasse after the great general and later Reich President . In addition, war nailing was carried out to provide financial support for the bereaved of the fallen and brought in income of 1,968.63 Reichsmarks . 94 Wörther and Oberachdorf men died in this war.

post war period

A war memorial was inaugurated for the fallen soldiers of Wörth on June 17, 1923, and a war memorial chapel was built for the fallen soldiers in Oberachdorf in 1921. In the period after 1918, Wörth gradually recovered culturally and economically. In 1921 a new hospital was opened.

time of the nationalsocialism

After 1933 the NSDAP also took power in Wörth , on March 11, 1933 the swastika flag was hoisted on the town hall, the town hall square was renamed Horst-Wessel- Platz, the area from Bahnhofstrasse to the market square was renamed Adolf-Hitler- Strasse. Initially, church associations in particular were skeptical of the regime , but were banned by the Regensburg district office from April 24, 1934; Parts of the population were also against this development, but did nothing about it. From 1933 a Reich labor service camp with 216 men was quartered in the castle in order to improve the local infrastructure; it was closed on October 1, 1935. The local NSDAP group Wörth was soon one of the largest in the Regensburg district. Alfons Lehle and Obersturmbannführer of the SA Paul Gottschall, who were briefly mayor, and Friedrich Horkheimer, who held this office from autumn 1936 to May 1945, were of central importance in the sense of the NSDAP in Wörth . The mayor Karl Saller, who was in office until 1933 and did not join the NSDAP, saw himself exposed to threats in the Third Reich . Examples of Horkheimer's loyalty to the regime were the denunciation of three Polish forced laborers in the Flossenbürg concentration camp, who were murdered there; A citizen of Tiefenthal was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp for nine months, and the pastor of the neighboring community of Wiesent, Tiberius Burger, was reported by Horkheimer in 1940. This triggered a long negotiation battle and fear of his permission to study being withdrawn. The Wörther pastor Kammermeier, who also fought against the regime, was exposed to fanaticism ; a protective custody order was issued against him, the cooperator fell ill and had to flee. The Wörth chairman of the Catholic associations, Pastor Wolfgang Schleich, also opposed Hitler's rule, which led to complaints and lawsuits against him.

Memorial plaque Alois Schmelz cemetery chapel

Second World War

Before bombings and major incidents Woerth was spared during the war. A few days before the end of the Second World War , Wörth was handed over to their troops without a fight on April 25, 1945 by the farmer and social democrat Alois Schmelz, who later became the first post-war mayor appointed by the US armed forces, and liberated from National Socialism . A previously established citizens' committee made this possible. Hours before, the last units of the German Wehrmacht and the SS had withdrawn from Wörth. A commemorative plaque is attached to the cemetery chapel on Hohen Rain for Alois Schmelz, who was elected first chairman on April 22, 1947 by the VDK local association Wörth , which was founded on March 8, 1947 . After the war, NSDAP mayor Friedrich Horkheimer was sentenced to three years in a labor camp and the confiscation of all his property. 80 Wörthers fell in World War II; 42 men are missing. A war memorial was erected for them after the war.

Post-war and modern

City elevation

Since Wörth has a rich history (the episcopal mint was set up here in 1285 , Joseph Rudolf Schuegraf noted in his chronicle that the place was already known as “Städl am Walde” around 1300 ; at the end of the 15th century it had market rights with municipal rights Constitution, it also had the main and ban market law and economic and cultural importance), the market Wörth ad Donau was elevated to a city on May 5, 1954. On August 1, 1954, the ceremony was celebrated with numerous personalities; Regensburg was a sponsored city , the chain of office for the Wörth mayor was the sponsored gift.

Structural change

After 1945, Wörth initially lost importance, around 1959 due to the dissolution of the local court , which led to great resentment and public protest in the population and on August 6, 1959 to the resignation of all city ​​councils and the mayor . They went back to work on October 1, 1959. This closed resignation from office of a city council with the mayor was unique in Bavarian history .

In 1954 there was a flood disaster on the Danube . The Wiesent dam broke and within a short time the Wörther and Tiefenthaler Au flooded . In addition, the branch of the employment office was given up in 1954 ; In 1963 the last mill operation closed and there was the last ice rush on the Danube near Wörth. In 1968 came the end of the Walhallabahn and in 1969 that of the Wörther Schlossfestspiele , which by then had achieved supra-regional importance. Between 1952 and 1969, a total of 170 performances were carried out at Schloss Wörth. In 1970 the AOK payment and registration office and the agricultural vocational school were closed. Efforts to establish a Bundeswehr base (1958 and 1960) and a secondary school also failed. In 1976 the Federal Railway School housed in the castle was relocated to Regensburg; The last brewery closed in 1977.

In the same period, however, the city invested in the expansion of the infrastructure ; new settlement areas and the first industrial areas were designated. In 1962 the new central school complex was opened, which was enlarged again and again in the following decades. The city increasingly recovered economically and culturally. The settlement of medium-sized and larger commercial and craft enterprises followed. A restructuring to a service, economic and commercial location succeeded. In 1972 the hospital that had been occupied in 1921 was demolished and replaced by a new building; an extension from 1956 remained. In 1989 and 1990 a wing was added. After the communities of Kirchroth and Wörth founded the Eichelberg water association , a new water supply was put into operation in 1975 with the construction of elevated tanks. As part of the generation project "Construction of the Wörth an der Donau sewer system " from 1972 to 2005, a sewage treatment plant was built in 1979, into which the recycling center was later integrated. In 1975 an indoor swimming pool was built and a new kindergarten opened in 1982, which was expanded in the following years.

City anniversary

In 1979, Wörth celebrated 25 years of town elevation and the 1200th anniversary of the town. The Deutsche Bundespost issued a special cancellation for this occasion , and the city of Wörth issued a commemorative medal in gold and silver, two jubilee mugs and the book "Wörth - City between Strom and Mountain". The ceremony was celebrated on July 1, 1979. In 2004 the city celebrated its 50th anniversary. There were numerous festive events for this event throughout the anniversary year and the city published the book "50 Years of the City of Wörth on the Danube" and an official pin. The ceremony took place on August 1st.

Highway construction

The first bridge and earthworks for the construction of a motorway near Wörth on the Danube go back to 1939 (Wichenbach motorway passage near Tiefenthal). In 1942, however, the work was stopped at the latest and only resumed from the end of the 1970s with a changed route. When the section of the Regensburg autobahn “Junction Rosenhof ” - Straubing of the BAB 3 with the Danube bridge Wörth was completed in the early 1980s , the city had its first autobahn junction with the junction “Wörth an der Donau / Wiesent”. The last section of the trunk road between Straubing and Deggendorf was released in 1984. This meant that the motorway could be used continuously up to the Austrian border. In December 1993, with the opening of the federal motorway junction "Wörth an der Donau-Ost", the traffic development of the eastern district of Regensburg came to an end. Since then there have been two connection points to the BAB 3 for Wörth: No. 104a "Wörth an der Donau / Wiesent" and No. 104b "Wörth an der Donau-Ost".

21st century

Wörth an der Donau: part of the city center at night

Important developments in recent years have again been investments in infrastructure and economy , the renovation of the old town and securing the school site by building a cafeteria and school gym with heating plant and outdoor sports facilities in 2014 and 2015. The city invested a total of almost nine million euros in the school site. 2010 has been a community center with community hall and 2011, Caritas - nursery opened, in the meantime with the EMAS environmental seal of the European Union was awarded. The district hospital in Wörth has been enlarged, modernized and developed into a modern clinic with the help of the district of Regensburg . It is now called the District Clinic and Health Competence Center in Wörth an der Donau . Another important step was the establishment of an environmentally friendly wood chip heating power plant that supplies parts of the city with heating energy. In addition, there were investments in renewable, environmentally friendly energy and energy-saving technology as well as in broadband supply .

The city of Wörth an der Donau was 2012 at the IHK region Regensburg among eight counties and three county boroughs of only 13 as a local classified with the highest rating as an "attractive to live and work."


Wörth an der Donau aerial photo 2011 ...

From 1945 to 1948 there was a communal restructuring initiated by the US military government and in some cases only temporary. It came

  • to Markt Wörth:
    • the communities of Oberachdorf and Tiefenthal (both independent again on April 1, 1948)
    • from the community of Brennberg : the hamlet of Kirnberg, the deserted Kälberhäusl and Reichenbach
    • from the municipality of Rettenbach: the hamlets Vordergrub and Hintergrub, the desert areas Pfraumbach and Reiserhof
    • from the community of Wiesent: the wasteland of Wörthhof (to the community of Oberachdorf on March 23, 1949)
  • to the community of Hofdorf:
    • the community of Zinzendorf (independent again on April 1, 1948)
  • to the community Weihern:
    • the Hungersacker community
  • to the community of Wiesent:
    • the community of Kiefenholz (independent again on April 1, 1948)

In the course of the Bavarian regional reform , following a referendum, the municipalities of Hofdorf, Kiefenholz, Oberachdorf, Tiefenthal, Weihern, Wörth and Zinzendorf merged on April 1, 1971 to form the new town of Wörth on the Danube. On July 1, 2000, the community-free area Waxenberger Forst-West was incorporated.

Population development

... as well as the marketplace

Between 1988 and 2018 the city grew from 3,641 to 4,918 by 1,277 inhabitants or by 35.1%.

Area-adjusted population development since 1840. Up to 1987 census results, thereafter updates:

year Residents
1840 2791
1871 3127
1900 3173
1925 3156
1939 3296
1950 3772
year Residents
1961 3249
1970 3331
1987 3591
1991 3942
1995 4388
1999 4387
year Residents
2000 4403
2001 4501
2002 4505
2003 4514
2004 4486
year Residents
2005 4489
2006 4472
2007 4459
2008 4420
2009 4416
year Residents
2010 4425
2011 4446
2012 4586
2013 4719
2014 4733
year Residents
2015 4756
2016 4743

Area- adjusted population development in the Wörth adDonau district :

year Residents
1908 1541
1971 1935
2000 2903
2014 3042



As in the entire Upper Palatinate, the majority of the population in Wörth an der Donau is Roman Catholic; the share is around 80.9 percent. 6.4 percent of the population in Wörth are members of the Protestant Church. 12.7 percent are either non-denominational or belong to another religion . (Status 2011)

Roman Catholic Church

There are two Catholic parishes and pastoral care units in the city . The parish of St. Petrus in Wörth belongs to the Donaustauf deanery of the diocese of Regensburg , the Hofdorf branch belongs to the parish of Pondorf in the deanery Bogenberg-Pondorf, also diocese of Regensburg. There are the church associations Catholic workers' movement KAB (founded in 1899), Katholische rural youth movement KLJB (2011), Catholic boys association with girls group Kiefenholz KBV (1950), Catholic boys association Niederachdorf-Hofdorf (1923), Marian men's congregation MMC (1930s) and Kolping ( 1927) and Frauenbund (1980).

Catholic customs

For over 100 years a tattoo has been played in Wörth on the Wednesday evening before Corpus Christi , since 1956 by the town band . She marches a certain distance in the city and makes breaks at certain places with a stand concert. This traditional facility is part of the Feast of Corpus Christi like the service and the procession on the feast day. In addition, each year a from that on the Herrenberg Catholic rural youth movement KLJB organized Johannifeuer instead.

Pilgrimage to Pilgramsberg

Since 1842 there has been an annual pilgrimage from Wörth and Kiefenholz to the pilgrimage church of St. Ursula in Pilgramsberg at the end of May / beginning of June . It goes back to a healing through the pilgrimage of a Kiefenholz citizen whose son was blind after a vaccination and then got his eyesight back.

Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Evangelical Christians in Wörth belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church Community of St. Lukas in Regensburg.

Other religious communities

In Wörth there is a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses Neutraubling e. V.


City council

The Wörther City Council consists of 16 honorary city councilors and the full-time First Mayor . The city parliament is elected for a six-year legislative period . Of the 3854 residents who are entitled to vote in the city of Wörth an der Donau, 2484 exercised their right to vote, bringing the turnout to 64.45 percent.

The local elections brought the following results:

Local election 2020
Turnout: 64.45%
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
+ 12.73  % p.p.
+ 0.25  % p
+ 16.92  % p
-3.97  % p.p.
-1.72  % p
Party / group Share of votes in 2008 Seats 2008 Share of votes in 2014 Seats 2014 Share of votes 2020 Seats 2020
CSU 32.1% 5 30.9% 5 43.6% 7th
Non-partisan Free Voting Community Wörth 22.0% 4th 20.2% 3 16.9% 3
SPD 12.9% 2 14.7% 2 10.7% 2
Association of Active Voters 17.3% 3 14.6% 2 20.5% 3
Citizens' Forum Wörth - Alliance 90 / The Greens 8.6% 1 10.0% 2 8.3% 1
Young citizens 7.1% 1 9.5% 2 - 0


The professional first mayor is Josef Schütz (CSU). He was elected with 78.6% in the first ballot in the local elections in Bavaria 2020 and has been in office since May 1, 2020. Gerhard Schmautz ( SPD ) has been the second mayor since 2020 , and Beate Ostermeier ( CSU ) is the third mayor .

First mayor before 1945

First mention of a mayor: Ulrich Vorstl (1482)

  • Franz Xaver Pittinger (1803 to 1808),
  • Schottenloher,
  • Vilsmeier,
  • Kleebauer,
  • Max Joseph Scheglmann (1876 to 1888),
  • Oetting (1888 to 1902),
  • Johann Henfling (1902 to 1930),
  • Karl Saller, last freely elected mayor (1930 to 1933),
  • Alfons Lehle, NSDAP (April 1933 to August 1936),
  • Paul Gottschall, NSDAP (August 1936 to October 1936),
  • Friedrich Horkheimer, NSDAP (October 1936 to May 1945)

First mayor since 1945

Johann Baumann: First freely elected mayor after 1945
  • 1945 to 1946: Alois Schmelz (deployed by the US armed forces)
  • 1946 to 1965: Johann Baumann (ÜWG)
  • 1965 to 1973: Alfred Büchele (CSU)
  • 1973 to 2002: Franz Beutl (CSU)
  • 2002 to 2020: Anton Rothfischer (ÜWG)
  • since 2020: Josef Schütz (CSU)

Community finances

In 2014, the municipal tax revenue amounted to 5.305 million euros (2013: 4.63 million), of which 2.084 million euros (2013: 1.6 million) were trade tax revenues (net) and were thus well above the tax revenues of the previous year. Wörth is heavily dependent on the service industry , craft trades and manufacturing industries . The city's tax power was most recently € 712.25 per inhabitant and was therefore ranked 6th in the Regensburg district. (As of 2014)

Bundestag constituency

Wörth is part of the Regensburg constituency (No. 233), which also includes the Regensburg district .

Intermunicipal cooperation

The Wörther Town Hall

Wörth an der Donau plays a pioneering role in the Upper Palatinate and Bavaria-wide when it comes to intermunicipal cooperation . The neighboring communities Wiesent and Pfatter transferred the registry office to Wörth, in return Wiesent received the administration of the primary school association. There is also a cooperation with the Wörth ad Donau sewage treatment plant with the Wiesent community and the “Donau.Wald family support point” with Wiesent and Brennberg . This pilot project is funded by the Free State of Bavaria and is considered a new information and contact point for families. Overall, Wörth is a pioneer in five areas with eight collaborations (as of May 2015).

Social city

As part of the " Social City of Wörth " project, the "Neighborhood Aid Association Wörth adDonau e. V. ” , which the city of Wörth supports. The main task of the association is to be available as a contact for the citizens of Wörth who need neighborly help. Unbureaucratic help is provided by socially committed citizens.


Having been in the 1990s in Wörth a collective center for asylum seekers was, there was from 1 March 2012 to 31 January 2017 Community accommodation for asylum seekers . After extensive modernization of the building, refugees have been accommodated there again since the beginning of 2018. A large Wörther network has formed, which provides asylum seekers with strong support in order to offer a humane and socially friendly environment. Encounters and numerous opportunities for contact with the population are also formed at club level.

Life finds inner city / active centers

The city participates in the funding program "Living finds inner city / active centers" of the Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Bavaria in the field of urban development . The aim of the program is to promote the functionality and liveliness of the central supply areas. The strengthening of downtown Wörth is supported by federal and state funds. Urban redevelopment is also funded by the federal government and the Free State of Bavaria in the federal-state urban development program Active Centers.

Family and youth

In Wörth there are holiday programs, day trips, a youth band contest and a youth club for children and young people, as well as the support group “Old Home New Friends”, “Active from 50” and from time to time a “Senior Cinema” for seniors. The city is involved in a variety of ways for the elderly, family, children and youth.

Flood polder on the Danube

The city of Wörth an der Donau and all the municipalities in the area bordering the Danube as far as Barbing have unanimously and emphatically opposed the creation of the controlled flood polders Wörthhof and Eltheim planned by the Bavarian state government due to the flood of the century in 2013 to mitigate flood levels on the Danube. The district administrator of the district of Regensburg Tanja Schweiger is also skeptical. The groundwater problem that has been known for years, caused by the Danube, and the threat to the drinking water supply of Wörth, which is also in the immediate vicinity of the planned flood polders, speak clearly against it. A strong protest movement called "IG-Polder" (interest group against flood polders in the eastern district of Regensburg) arose by numerous farmers and other citizens. Due to the coalition agreement concluded between the Free Voters and the CSU after the state elections on October 14, 2018 in Bavaria , the flood polder concept is no longer being pursued in the Regensburg district. This was a key demand of the Free Voters. The funds released are to be invested in decentralized flood protection along the Danube and all its inlets.

coat of arms

badges and flags
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Blazon of the city coat of arms : "Under a red shield with sloping main bar in silver on green Dreienberg three green marsh plants." The city flag is white-red.

Declaration of coat of arms and history: The coat of arms is derived from a seal impression that has been preserved from 1560. The red head of the shield with the silver sloping bar symbolizes that the place once belonged to the Regensburg monastery . The main depiction with the Dreiberg and the three marsh plants alludes to the place name as a talking coat of arms, an elevated place by the water. In seals of the 17th and 18th centuries, three deciduous trees also appear as plants, and in the 19th century also three conifers. Since the former Hochstiftische area encompasses a large part of today's district of Regensburg, the silver bar on a red background was also included in the coat of arms of the district of Regensburg . The coat of arms was renewed on January 3rd, 1977 with the approval of the government of the Upper Palatinate.

Town twinning

Notice board: Partnership Wörth adDonau - Örkény

Since 2010 there has been a twinning with the Hungarian city of Örkény .HungaryHungary

The history of the Wörth town twinning began in 2003 when Werner Trendel, a citizen of Wörth, made it possible for the two towns to meet for the first time. Since then, a friendly relationship has developed between Wörth and Örkény, which led to the signing of the first town twinning document in Örkény on July 16, 2010. On August 1, 2010, the mayors Anton Rothfischer and István Kovacs sealed the signing of the second certificate in Wörth . Since the beginning of the Hungarian-Bavarian friendship, there has been an intensive exchange between the two cities every year. Since September 2010 there has also been a student exchange between the Wörth school and the Örkény school.

Culture and sights

Panorama picture: View over the roofs of the old town of Wörth an der Donau

Buildings and places


The town's landmark is the renaissance building of the fully preserved Wörth Castle on the Danube, which is one of the largest historical buildings in the Upper Palatinate . It has had its current appearance since the early 17th century, when Prince-Bishop Albert von Toerring completed the conversion from the medieval castle to the residential palace . The castle chapel of St. Martin is located in the castle, built in 1616. Its furnishings date from the late 17th century. It now houses a retirement home of Pro seniors .

From 914 to 1810 the castle was continuously owned by the Regensburg prince-bishops, briefly owned by the Kingdom of Bavaria from 1810 to 1812, and from 1812 to 1978 by the Thurn und Taxis Princely House in Regensburg. From 1978 to 1983 it belonged to a building contractor from Mötzing before it was taken over by a community of castle owners in 1984. The community consists of 50 owners, the largest is the district of Regensburg; he also owns the keep, the castle church and the round room.

Use of the palace complex

0914–1810: Fliehburg and later the fortified summer residence of the Regensburg prince-bishops

1444–1939: In the Vorderen Schlossstock: regional court and later district court

1933–1935: Reich Labor Service Camp

1946–1947: Youth meeting place of the Diocese of Regensburg

1949–1976: Federal Railway School

since 1988: Seniorenwohnstift and senior citizens' home, around 40 percent of the castle is owned by the district and open to the public


St. Peter

Another landmark is the 50 meter high tower of the parish church of St. Peter , which dates back to a building from the 13th century, in the center of the city. The church is very interesting in terms of architectural history and shows elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque. It was designed inside by the important painters Joseph Anton Merz and Valentin Reuschl .

Historic church buildings are the branch church St. Michael in Hofdorf , the branch church St. Jakobus in Kiefenholz , the mountain church St. Ulrich and Wolfgang in Tiefenthal (see also: article Burgstall Tiefenthal ) and the side church St. Matthäus in Zinzendorf .

In 1933, the side church of Mariä Namen of the Parish Pondorf, Expositur Hofdorf was built in Weihern .

Plague chapel

Plague chapel

The plague chapel, built in 1713, stands on the Herrnberg in Wörth . In the chapel it is written in large letters: "Spare us from plague, hunger and war, O Lord" .

Around 1700 the plague broke out in Europe and also in Regensburg , in Regensburg alone there were over 7000 plague sufferers. This plague chapel reminds of this time. The inscription INRI (Jesus of Nazareth [h], King of the Jews ) was written in Hebrew , Greek and Latin script. According to a widespread legend , the building is linked to the vow of the citizens of Regensburg, who promised a pilgrimage here, "whereupon the contagious epidemic immediately subsided" . There is no historical evidence of this legend; there is no written record of it in Regensburg.

In the old City

In the city center are the town hall , built in the neo-renaissance style in 1892 , the court pharmacy with historically interesting coats of arms on the facade, the former court pharmacy in the classicist style, numerous buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries and other buildings steeped in history in Schlossstrasse.

St. Peter's Square

  • Places
    • Petersplatz (formerly Petrusplatz), the oldest part of Wörth, originally the location of the first church and a Benedictine monastery , first mentioned in a document in 787. Numerous operations of the prince-bishop's court were later located here. Today the location of many historical buildings.
    • Town Hall Square
    • Marketplace
    • church Square
  • Old neighborhoods and streets

The oldest streets in Wörth are Schlossstrasse and Schlossberg . There are also many historical buildings here. The Ludwig road was newly created after the great fire in 1841 and the market after King I. Ludwig (Bayern) named. The former district of Sand in the east of the city is also one of the oldest quarters of Wörth. Its name comes from the gravel and sand deposits of the Danube, which used to be much closer to Wörth.

  • Former market gates

The old town of Wörth was once closed by three market gates at night. The Waldtor on Petersplatz was demolished in 1845, the Straubinger Tor on Straubinger Straße one year later. In 1890 the Regensburg Gate and the gatehouse in Regensburger Strasse were removed for reasons of space.

  • Historic shot hut
Historic shot hut

The Schießhaus Schusshütte was built at the beginning of the 19th century and served the Prince Bishop's Privileged Fire Rifle Guild , whose tradition dates back to the 15th century, as a clubhouse.

It consists of the actual shooting house and two upstream pavilion-like shooting ranges ; from there the fire was fired in a standing position. A third structure, the target system with an underground entrance, which recorded the shooting results, was demolished after 1945. After the First World War, the building was converted into a small caliber stand. During the National Socialist dictatorship, shooting ceased. After the Second World War, the property was no longer an option as a sports facility for financial reasons and became the property of the city.

Former museum

In the district of Hofdorf there was a private nostalgia museum from June 1, 1997 to October 4, 2015 in a listed former forester's house , which was built in 1845. The collection areas of the museum were diverse and covered the period from 1800 to 1950.

All architectural monuments

In the vicinity


"Old Danube" near Wörth

43.5% of the community area is forest, large parts of which form the contiguous forest areas of the Wörther and Waxenberger forests. On the Lerchenhaube and between Tiefenthal and Hofdorf, parts of the flora-fauna habitat are dry slopes on the Danube rim . In the east, north of Zinzendorf and Hof, the valleys of the Großer and Kleiner Perlbach are part of the FFH area Bachtäler in the Falkensteiner Vorwald . The Stöcklwörth nature reserve is located on the Danube . To the east of this is the Alte Donau natural monument , and south of Wörth is the former estuary of the Wiesent . The Wiesent was diverted in the course of flood protection measures in the 1950s. Since then it has flowed into the old Danube arm of the Gmünder Au nature reserve, also known as the Old Danube . The protected areas on the Danube are also located in the contiguous FFH area of ​​the Danube and oxbow lakes between Regensburg and Straubing and in the Danube bird protection area between Regensburg and Straubing .


Cemetery chapel in Wörth

There is a cemetery in each of the districts of Kiefenholz, Hofdorf and Wörth . In Wörth, the cemetery has always been in the churchyard around the parish church of St. Petrus, until it was finally abandoned in 1879. Today's cemetery at Hohen Rain was a place of pilgrimage even before it was built, as the chapel “To the Sorrowful Mother of God” from the 18th century is located there. He was born on December 2, 1821 benediziert . The first morgue was built in 1858, which was replaced by a new building in 1927. The large cemetery cross dates from 1899. In 1970 the cemetery was expanded and the current morgue was built in 1995.

  • Chapel of St. Maria, so-called Hohenrainkapelle: formerly a pilgrimage chapel, now a cemetery chapel, hipped roof building with retracted apse, turret, open vestibule and pilasters, 18th century. Next to the Mother of God there is the figure of St. Leonhard and St. Wendelin in the chapel . On the southern outside there are some interesting memorial plaques of deceased Wörth citizens.

Sports and clubs


The largest club in town is the gymnastics and sports club TSV v. 1873 Wörth with departments for several sports. It was founded on April 20, 1873, making it one of the oldest sports clubs in Bavaria. The purpose of the association was "to train the body through regular gymnastics ". The first “gym” was very modest and was located on the ground floor of the north wing of the Wörther Castle.

Sports facilities in the Gschwelltal

The TSV soccer department plays in the Regensburg regional league , the Hofdorf-Kiefenholz game association (founded in 1988) in the A-class. There is also the Blau-Weiß Hofdorf bowling club in Hofdorf (founded in 1966).

The sports facilities of the gymnastics and sports club are located in the Gschwell valley “Im Paradies” , u. a. with a soccer field, grass sports fields, tennis courts and the sports center; in the 1970s / 80s there was also a fitness trail there. The school sports facilities are right next to the school. There are also two bowling alleys in the city. Further sports facilities are located in the districts of Hofdorf with a sports field, asphalt curling lanes and a mini golf course, as well as in Kiefenholz with a soccer field and the sports center of SpVgg Hofdorf-Kiefenholz. In winter, if there is enough snow in the Gschwell Valley, a 10-kilometer cross-country trail is prepared as a circular route. In the city there is also the dog sport club " Verein f. Dt. Schäferhunde SV eV ", the club and practice area is on the outskirts towards Falkenstein.

Regensburg district

On September 17, 2016, Wörth was the destination of the major sports event Mittelbayerische Landkreislauf , in which around 3,000 runners took part. The 65.3-kilometer running route led from Wenzenbach to the sports grounds of TSV Wörth. The district is a benefit event and has been taking place since 2010 with new routes every year. It is one of the largest sporting events in the Regensburg district.


Among the more than 70 clubs in Wörth there is a local association of the DLRG (founded in 1972), the THW (1973), the BRK (1879) and three rifle associations (founded around 1400, 1864 and 1950) as well as the large caliber riflemen Wörth (1998) . Since June 19, 1791 there is a shooting order.

Oldest clubs

The clubs in the city that have existed to this day and were founded before 1875 and are therefore the oldest are:

Rifle target from 1872 of the Zimmerbüchsen-Schützengesellschaft v. 1864
  • Prince-Bishop's privileged fire rifle guild in Wörth / Donau, founded around 1400.
  • Zimmerbüchsen-Schützengesellschaft 1864 Wörth / Donau, founded on December 6th, 1864.
  • Beekeeping Association Wörth / Donau, founded in 1865.
  • Wörth / Donau volunteer fire brigade, founded on June 15, 1868.
  • Kiefenholz volunteer fire brigade, founded in 1868.
  • Oberachdorf volunteer fire brigade, founded in 1871.
  • Warrior and Reservist Association Wörth / Donau, founded on September 8, 1872.
  • Hofdorf Warrior and Soldier Association, founded on September 1st, 1872.
  • Gymnastics and sports club v. 1873 Wörth / Donau, founded on April 20, 1873.
  • Hofdorf volunteer fire brigade, founded in 1874.

Between 1875 and 1900, six clubs were founded that have survived to this day. In the decades that followed, numerous other associations were entered in the register of associations, so that Wörth has a rich association life.

Romania aid

The Bavarian Red Cross office in the Oberachdorf district has been looking after the Wörth Romania Aid for over 25 years . Initially as an initiative of individual families in cooperation with the Red Cross, it has been a Romanian Aid Association since 1990 . V. Wörth known nationwide and entered in the register of associations. In the first ten years of the association, over 100 aid convoys were organized to Romania. Primarily schools, kindergartens and homes for the elderly and the disabled were supported there. Today the aid convoys have been stopped and replaced by financial support.

Wörth volunteer fire brigade

Voluntary fire brigade in Wörth an der Donau in 2015

The chronicle of the city of Wörth shows that there was a fire service as early as 1790, perhaps much earlier. An inventory from 1820 shows that the Wörther fire brigade owned numerous items of equipment, acquired through voluntary contributions from the guilds and the community. This fire brigade was also deployed outside the area. The idea of ​​effective fire protection prevailed from 1867. About 40 men stood ready to set up a market fire brigade. June 15, 1868 is the founding day of the Wörth ad Donau volunteer fire brigade . 54 men were registered immediately, another 48 followed, so that the fire brigade was able to train a total of 102 firefighters. The fire station was located in today's Taxisstrasse until 1892, from 1892 to 1976 the fire brigade was housed in the town hall and since then in today's modern fire station on Adalbert-Stifter- Strasse, which was expanded in 2008.

The market chief secretary and later fire chief Conrad Laubender and the market messenger Heribert Rothfischer are considered to be the founders. Laubender, who led the fire brigade for 31 years, was elected district fire brigade representative (the highest-ranking firefighter in the Regensburg district) in 1875. He was later awarded the Fire Brigade Cross of Honor, the highest honor at the time. He also became an honorary member, honorary commander and in 1915 an honorary citizen of the market, and in 1918 he died. Seven comrades died on the battlefield during the First World War.

Another person in the fire department was district fire department substitute representative August Essenwein. He did not have a special position in the club, but was the organizer, reformer and driver. During his period of service from 1907 until after the Second World War, he bought the first motorized vehicle syringe in 1936 and founded a fire brigade band in 1924, which lasted until 1936.

During the Second World War, 20 comrades lost their lives or went missing. The fire-fighting police were replaced by a Hitler Youth fire department and a women's fire department due to a lack of personnel .

During the time of district fire inspector Fritz Zimmerer (from 1955 to 1995), the motorized vehicle sprayer was replaced by a modern fire engine in 1966 and the Wörth volunteer fire brigade was reformed. Further investments in equipment, vehicle fleet and buildings, such as the construction of the fire station, which the company moved into in 1976, followed. From June 4 to 7, 1993, the Wörth ad Donau volunteer fire brigade celebrated its 125th anniversary celebration.

The Wörth base fire brigade is now the second largest association in the city and, like the six fire brigades in the districts, provides fire protection and general help in the city and beyond. The fire brigade of the city of Wörth presents itself as one of the largest, best equipped and most powerful of the 176 fire brigades in the district of Regensburg, both in rescue and extinguishing, recovery and shooting.

Culinary specialties

There are some delicacies in the city :

  • Wörther Schlossbitter, herbal liqueur established by the Wörther court pharmacy since the 19th century
  • Wörther pralines, sweets in many creations from a traditional Wörth confectioner
  • Wörther Hobel - an old type of bread roll, specialty of a Wörther bakery that has existed for more than 170 years


The Waldbad has been located in the Gschwell Valley since 1960 , a natural pool fed by the Gschwellbach, which is used as an open ice surface for winter sports when the weather permits. There are also numerous marked regional cycling and hiking trails run by the local forest association. The Nepal-Himalayan pavilion is located two kilometers away in the neighboring municipality of Wiesent , and eight kilometers away in Bach an der Donau is the nearest pier for passenger ships on the Danube. The city of Wörth also has a flight center for balloon rides and tandem flights, a paragliding school, a fitness studio with a squash center, steam bath, sauna and solarium, since 1999 the Wörther painting circuit as well as a dance school and a cinema since 1957 .


Three detective novels are set in Wörth, each written by the local book authors Rolf Peter Sloet and Barbara Ebert and the Donaustauf author Martina Schmid.

Regular events

Concert at the Bürgerfest

The most important in the municipality are:

  • Year, alternately takes a of the carnival company "cheerfulness Narradonia " (established in 1987, the roots of the association rich to 1863 back to the precursor association "cheerfulness"; 1928 first entry in the Wörther timeline) organized carnival procession or Prunksitzung instead.
  • Every two years there is a citizens' festival in the city center (since 1982) with the participation of many associations.
  • The largest trade fair of its kind in the district takes place in the city every three years.
Maypole with guild coat of arms and coat of arms of the city
  • Every year since 2002 there has been a Christmas market and on May 1st the KLJB Wörth erects a maypole and on the first Sunday in May and on the Sunday before Dionysius there is a Krammarkt , where most of the city's shops are open.
  • Every Saturday since 2004 there has been a regional market with local products in Wörth .
  • Since 2003, citizens of Wörth have held a fountain festival on St. Peter's Square every year at the beginning of August.
  • The association beetle buddies Bayerwald (founded in 1991) organized every year at the fairground of the city in Gschwelltal "In Paradise" a nationwide VW Beetle meeting.

In addition, numerous regular events are held by over 70 local associations as well as the Catholic parish and their associations.

Kolping Theater

The Kolping Theater in Wörth / Donau gives regular theater performances.

After an amateur theater group had been founded in Wörth as early as 1928 and the heyday of drama with the Wörther Schlossfestspiele, which was a cultural concept far beyond Wörth from 1952 to 1969, but was given up due to lack of money, the Kolping family from Wörth decided to build it a theater stage in the knight's hall of the castle.

In 1975 the association decided to found an independent theater group, set up a fixed repertoire and use a permanent stage location in a Wörther inn. Today the Kolping theater stage is firmly integrated in the city's cultural life. On October 10, 2016, the youth Kolping theater stage Wörth ad Donau received the youth culture award 2016 in the district of Regensburg.


Live in Concert: Orchestra “Stadtkapelle Musikfreunde” Wörth / Donau

There are numerous ensembles of many musical styles in the city.

First of all, the brass bands "Jungbläser" (founded in 1973) and the town band " Musikfreunde Wörth" (founded in 1955), which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2005, were outstanding . Both music ensembles were founded by the Wörther Kapellmeister and conductor Karl Völkl, who led the wind orchestras to great musical successes in the region. In the period from 1974 to 1985, for example, the “Jungbläser” wind orchestra received fifteen awards at federal district music festivals of the North Bavarian Music Association . The rich musical life in the city is largely due to the training of many musicians by Karl Völkl. On November 13, 2016, the association Stadtkapelle "Musikfreunde Wörth eV" was dissolved. Both formations now together form the "Stadtkapelle Wörth an der Donau" and are firmly established in the musical life of the city.

In 2005 four musicians and one female musician founded the brass band "Z'Wiad" (dialect expression for "in Wörth"). In 2011 she won the “Zwieseler Fink” award. In addition to two choirs, a singers' association has existed since 1893. On June 27, 1993, Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker awarded the Singers' Association 1893 Wörth / Donau the Zelter badge .

Culture Initiative - Donau.Wald.Kultur

The intercommunal cultural initiative "Donau.Wald.Kultur" was founded with the neighboring communities of Wiesent, Pfatter and Rettenbach and with the community of Brennberg . A diverse program with artists from different directions has been offered since 2012. In the meantime, a "Donau-Wald-Brettl" (Danube Forest Board) takes place annually in different locations , where musicians, artists and groups from the participating communities can perform and present themselves.

Culture in Wörth - KiW project

Since 2005, a working group commissioned by the city has been organizing the “KiW - Culture in Wörth” project. Concerts, cabaret, readings and exhibitions take place regularly in the castle and in the Wörther Bürgerhaus . Both regionally and nationally known artists appear. The aim is not to serve the mainstream, but to offer artists of all stripes an opportunity to perform. In 2008, “KiW - Culture in Wörth” was awarded the prize as part of the Germany - Land of Ideas location initiative , a nationwide innovation competition.

Gerhard Polt at "KiW - Culture in Wörth" in the castle cellar


In the last few years the following events of great regional importance have taken place:

  • 2007: "A small town makes music"

All-day music festival at Wörth Castle with the participation of many local music groups and choirs.

  • 2009: "A small town reads"

Lectures, discussion series and theater with the aim of making reading "interesting" again. Two months and twelve events, Citizens Read for Citizens .

  • 2013: "A small town grills"

Everyone in Wörth should sit down with family, neighbors and friends and grill together. The original idea came from Konrad Kilp, a citizen of Wörth, numerous media reported about it, and Bayerischer Rundfunk television broadcast a report.

  • 2015: In 2015, Wörth celebrated the 10th anniversary of the “KiW - Culture in Wörth” project.

One of the highlights was the Musikbrücke 2015 project , which spanned a musical arc between the city of Wörth ad Donau and the West Bohemian city ​​of Tachov . On June 5, 2015, the two Czech artists Edita Keglerová and Ivana Bilej Brouková performed at a concert in Wörth. The return visit with the Gerwin Eisenhauer trio took place on September 28th . The concert was part of the accompanying program for Pilsen - European Capital of Culture 2015 .

Children's festival "Kibü"

In 2011 the Mittelbayerische Zeitung organized the “Kibü” children's festival in Wörth. Thousands of children came accompanied by their parents to celebrate this festival, which is now the largest children's festival in the district. This major event is one of the most important events that took place in Wörth.

Wörther Passion

World premiere of the Wörther Passion in the parish church

As a composition commission from the city of Wörth, a contemporary sacred oratorio was created in 2012 , which was premiered on March 3, 2013. The “Wörther Passion was created by the Nuremberg librettist Michael Herrschel and the Regensburg composer Peter Wenk. The content is the setting of the Passion of Christ with a new and free text, which refers to the tradition in the Gospels with every word . The lyricist formulates his own questions about the Passion event, Peter Wenk invented multifaceted music. The work was also performed in other cities and has gained national importance.

Economy and Infrastructure

Function as a basic center

As a sub-center in Eastern Bavaria , the city of Wörth an der Donau and Wiesent (municipality) have been part of the “General Rural Area” in regional planning since 1976, with the function of a central dual location for the eastern part of the Regensburg district with a catchment area of ​​around 15,000 inhabitants in the city and surrounding areas . Since the current state development program (LEP) Bavaria came into force on September 1, 2013, it has been named as the basic center. Here you will find doctors , physiotherapists, pharmacies , a hospital , churches, two post offices , several grocery stores, small and medium-sized commercial and industrial companies, banks , schools , kindergartens and several inns . In addition, since 1977 there has been a merger of numerous commercial enterprises to form the Werbekreis of the city of Wörth ad Donau . The municipality is home to the police station Wörth an der Donau that the police headquarters Upper Palatinate belongs in Regensburg and a rescue station of the Bavarian Red Cross .

The economic structure of the city of Wörth shows a wide mix of industries: In 2008 there were already more than 350 local businesses.

Established businesses

DEUTSCHE TECHNOPLAST headquarters in Wörth an der Donau

Some of the major companies are:

  • DEUTSCHE TECHNOPLAST GmbH (founded 1968)
  • Cardboard and Sleeve factory ERICH MÜLLER (1897)
  • Energy supply Rupert Heider & Co. KG (1909)
  • Aumer Group (1977)
  • Trailer construction Stedele GmbH (1992)
  • Beverages Rieder GmbH (1927)

The GERMAN TECHNOPLAST GmbH is one of the largest employers in Wörth. The company, which operates internationally in the injection molding industry and is certified according to DIN ISO / TS 16949: 2009, produces at its headquarters in Wörth as well as in Schwabach near Nuremberg and Malacca / Malaysia . It was founded in 1968 and is a supplier to the electronics and automotive industries . The company is one of the most attractive employers among German medium-sized companies. In 2012 it received the TOP JOB seal of approval for the third time. On October 30, 2014, Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer visited the company with a number of other entrepreneurs to find out about production.

Over 150 employees of the Kartonagen- u. Sleeve factory ERICH MÜLLER manufacture in the plants in Wörth an der Donau and Mühltroff / Vogtland. The company is certified according to the quality management system DIN EN ISO 9001: 2000 and was founded in Mühltroff / Vogtland in 1897 , the company's headquarters have been in Wörth since 1952.

One of the oldest companies in Wörth is the electricity supply company Energieversorgung Rupert Heider & Co. KG , which was founded in 1909 and operates three hydropower plants on Höllbach . It has been supplying energy to Wörth and the surrounding area since December 1910. The founder Rupert Heider is considered a pioneer of energy supply in the Wörth area and beyond.

In 1948 the Senft brickworks settled in the former district of Hungersdorf . It is one of the first companies to be founded in Wörth immediately after the Second World War. Among other things, the company has specialized in brickwork products in the monument protection sector and supplied bricks for the renovation of the Prinz-Carl-Palais in Munich.

Geisling power plant

The Danube river and lock Geisling are near Kiefenholz . The power plant is operated by E.ON Wasserkraft .

Oil pipeline

The Ingolstadt – Kralupy – Litvínov pipeline , also known as the Central European Crude Oil Pipeline (MERO) (connecting pipeline to the south branch of the friendship pipeline ), is located near the district of Kiefenholz . The breakthrough took place in 1995.


District clinic and health competence center Wörth

The district clinic and health competence center in Wörth an der Donau, certified by TÜV , with an attached specialist center and over 380 employees (as of February 2017) is the city's largest employer. In 2014 she received the certificate EndoProsthetics Center for Maximum Care ; This makes it the 14th clinic in Bavaria to hold this certificate , and since July 30, 2016 it has been an academic teaching hospital of the University of Regensburg . Since it was founded as a district hospital in 1920 on the initiative of the Wörth pastor Franz Seraph Eberl, the hospital has already been expanded and thoroughly renovated five times thanks to the high level of supraregional acceptance. Today it presents itself as a modern and medically efficient facility. It is the only hospital sponsored by the district. 26,000 patients were treated there in 2014 (2013: 24,000). The clinic, which has five specialist departments with numerous doctors and 120 beds (as of February 2017), cooperates with the Regensburg Vascular Center, the Barmherzigen Brüder hospital and a radiological practice as well as with all academic teaching hospitals in Regensburg, the Regensburg network of doctors and the clinic St. Elisabeth in Straubing and the University Hospital Regensburg . A further 19 million euros will be invested there from 2015 to 2017.

On October 27, 2015, the city launched the "Wörth - Your Center for Health and Wellbeing" project.


Commercial park Wörth-Wiesent
Bavarian Quality Prize Special Prize 2013

Important developments in recent years were the designation of the “Im Haslet” industrial estate in 1988 and a large new development area in the north of the city in 1997. The establishment of the 160,000 square meter “Wörth-Wiesent industrial park” , located directly next to the BAB 3 federal motorway , followed in 2010. It is the city's largest commercial and industrial area to date. With the previously existing "Reitfeld / Schwarzer Helm" industrial park, there are therefore three larger industrial locations in Wörth. Numerous craft and service companies as well as manufacturing businesses have settled here since then.

A regional trade show with exhibitors from Wörth and the surrounding area takes place every three years in the “Im Haslet” industrial park , which is home to around 50 medium-sized and larger commercial enterprises. It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the Regensburg district.

Significant efforts of the city in 2015 were the designation of a retail area close to the city center ("special area food - retail Donaustraße") with the development plan "Alter Bahnhof" and the designation of a new building area "Am Brand". After the city of Wörth's major projects with the construction of a cafeteria, the dual gym with outdoor sports facilities and a heating plant for the school and surrounding buildings, the renovation of the indoor pool and further investments in the city's infrastructure were completed in 2015, a total of over eleven million Euros have been invested. The city's administrative budget in 2015 was 14.82 million euros. This is the largest budget the city has ever passed.

The city can provide more jobs than it has citizens who are subject to social security contributions. It has more than 1,900 jobs subject to social security contributions. (Status: December 2014) → Source In 2015, 1,427 people came to Wörth every day to pursue their jobs, 1,417 drove to their companies abroad. With this, Wörth took second place after Neutraubling in the district's commuter statistics and had an almost balanced commuter balance.

In 2012, 0.1% of employees worked in agriculture and forestry, 40.1% in manufacturing, 20.1% in trade, transport and hospitality, 12.2% in the business services sector and 26.7% public and private service providers.

Bavarian quality award

Awarding of the Bavarian Quality Prize Special Prize 2013

On January 14, 2010, the inter-municipal cooperation with the neighboring municipality of Wiesent was decided.

The Gewerbepark Wörth-Wiesent emerged from this collaboration . For this joint project, Wörth and Wiesent received the Bavarian Quality Prize Special Prize 2013 "for particularly business-friendly and innovative cooperation projects between several municipalities with a model character".

Working group of the Upper Bavarian Forest

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


The first efforts in tourism go back to 1884. In that year a beautification association was formed . In 1903 this association was incorporated into a section of the Waldverein e. V. , the predecessor of the current tourist association. Today's forest association, which tries to maintain the hiking trails, was founded on November 16, 1983.

The sights and shopping opportunities in Wörth and the proximity to the World Heritage City of Regensburg, the Walhalla and other tourist attractions in the area have a positive effect on the number of overnight stays. From January to September 2014 there was an increase of 96.3 percent in guest arrivals and an increase of 18.1 percent in overnight stays. With an average length of 1.6 days (2013: 2.7 days), according to the tourist association, a very large proportion of the overnight stays are due to the immediate location on the Danube Cycle Path and the associated transit.


Viticulture in Tiefenthal

Viticulture has been practiced in the area around Wörth for around 1500 years. The Romans are likely to have brought the wine to the southern slopes of the foothills of the Bavarian Forest, although there is no archaeological evidence for this. In Wörth all hills were planted with vines around the year 800. Viticulture is mentioned in a document from 1245. From 1700 to 1800, viticulture was in its prime. One street still bears the name "Am Weinberg" today . At the beginning of the 19th century there was a clear decline. From 1800 to 1809 around 50 days of work were still planted with vines; on the southern slope of the Schlossberg alone there was a vineyard with around seven days of work until after the First World War.

Nowadays the Baierwein , which has been called "Regensburger Landwein" since 1983 , is mainly produced in Kruckenberg , Bach on the Danube , but also in Wörth and Tiefenthal , where it has been possible to make a Baierwein from a cuvée that is fermented into sparkling wine could be grown again; it is the second smallest wine-growing region in Germany and the smallest in Bavaria. Numerous wine bars have sprung up along the " Wine Route " , which is the shortest wine route in Germany with a length of 20 kilometers. There has been a Baierwein museum in Bach since 1998 .


Car traffic

Wörth is well connected to the national road network:

  • Bundesautobahn 3 number.svgTabliczka E56.svg: Wörth an der Donau is located directly on the federal motorway BAB 3 Nürnberg - Regensburg - Passau - ( Wels - Linz ) with connections No. 104a “Wörth an der Donau / Wiesent” and No. 104b “Wörth an der Donau-Ost” .A8-AT.svg

To Munich / Weiden: Via the Regensburg motorway junction, 18 km to the west, to Bundesautobahn 93 number.svg: Hof - Weiden - Schwandorf - Regensburg - Wolnzach / Holledau motorway triangle ; over to Munich . Bundesautobahn 9 number.svgTabliczka E45.svg

State road St 2125 runs in a west-east direction from Regensburg via Wörth, Tiefenthal and Hofdorf to Straubing. The district road R 7 connects Kiefenholz, Oberachdorf, Wörth, Hungersacker and Weihern and continues as SR 46 towards Wiesenfelden . The district road R 44 leads from Hofdorf via Zinzendorf to Hof and as SR 28 further towards Saulburg .

Local public transport

The municipality is also well integrated in the local transport network:

With the bus lines 5, 5A and 102 you are connected to the public transport network of the Regensburg transport association . In addition, there are connections to Wiesenfelden, Cham and Straubing with the RBO lines 6060, 6072 and 6095 and a private bus line to Brennberg.

Other means of transport

Train stations, airport and Danube port are also not far away:


The closest stops are Straubing train station and Regensburg main train station . Wörth has not had its own rail connection since 1969.

air traffic

The nearest regional airfield, Wallmühle, is located west of Straubing and is being developed as a priority landing area for the eastern Bavarian region. In the neighboring municipality of Pfatter there is a special landing field (EDPG) for aircraft in Griesau . International airports are Munich and Nuremberg Airports, which can each be reached in around an hour by car.

Inland shipping

The Danube port in Regensburg is around 23 kilometers away by road, the port of Straubing around 31 kilometers. Regensburg and Straubing are the closest ship piers for national passenger shipping .

Biking and hiking trails

International Danube Cycle Path in Wörth

Wörth is located on several cycling and hiking trails .

The most important are the Regensburger Burgensteig and the Oberpfalzweg, the international Danube cycle path , the European long-distance cycle path EuroVelo 6 (river route), the European long-distance path E8 and the East Bavarian Way of St. James . The Goldsteig (south route) leads very close to Wörth. On July 30, 2014, the Danube Panorama Trail was opened in Wörth. This hiking trail is 220 km long and leads from Neustadt an der Donau to Passau . The Wörther Waldverein offers 60 kilometers of marked hiking trails in the municipality.

A total of 135 kilometers of hiking trails lead through the city area.

In addition, there are numerous bike tour options in the Bavarian Vorwald as well as along the Danube and in the extensive Gäuboden.

Former Danube ferry

For generations, a roller ferry has operated at river kilometer 2350.7 between today's Oberachdorf district and the Pfatter opposite the river . The municipality of Pfatter owned the ferry. The ferry was of great economic importance; It was also important for the care of Pfatter by doctors and midwives in Wörth . In 1945, before the American invasion, it was blown up and put back into operation after the war. In June 1964, before the inauguration of what was then the "longest Danube bridge in Germany: Wörth - Pfatter" on October 22, 1964, it ceased operations. The next Danube bridges used to be in Straubing and Donaustauf .

Former Walhalla Railway

Walhallabahn terminus Wörth

Wörth strove to be connected to the railway network at an early stage. With the tram project from Regensburg to the Walhalla , however, people were reluctant, because the suitability of a narrow-gauge railway for freight transport was doubted. A standard gauge branching off from the Walhallastrasse station in Regensburg was preferred . In 1888 an attempt was made to make this clear with a petition to the KB State Railroad . Since there was no prospect of this, they preferred to continue building the Walhalla Railway from Donaustauf to Wörth. A first foray during the construction of the railway to Donaustauf was unsuccessful. The Lokalbahn Aktien-Gesellschaft gave up its wait-and-see attitude in 1891 and obtained a project planning license on December 8, 1891 for the Donaustauf – Wörth section. Those interested in the railways had to provide all the funds to purchase the site. In the autumn of 1892 a railway committee was formed in Wörth, but it did not raise the necessary funds. On April 7, 1902, after overcoming economic objections that had occurred in the meantime, Donaustauf began to continue building until the line could be completed on April 24 and declared operational. At times, up to 500 workers were involved in the construction. The Princely House of Thurn und Taxis contributed 55,000 Reichsmarks, the Wörth District 40,000 RM, the Wörth municipality 25,000 RM, the City of Regensburg 13,000 RM, the Wiesent municipality 10,000 RM and the Kiefenholz municipality 3,000 Reichsmarks. In total, the extension cost 900,000 Reichsmarks. The festival trip took place on April 30, 1903.

From May 1, 1903 to 1968, Wörth was the terminus of the narrow-gauge Walhalla Railway coming from Regensburg . Passenger traffic was stopped on October 1, 1960, and the last freight train left the station on December 31, 1968 . The “Walhallabockerl”, as it was popularly known, was of great importance for Wörth.

The former station area now houses the BayWa premises , a first warehouse was established there as early as 1903, a branch office of the Regensburg state building authority and, since 2016, the "Alter Bahnhof" retail center on Bahnhofstrasse. Only the locomotive shed remains from the former train station . The station building was demolished in 1978.

Public facilities

Numerous municipal institutions are located in the city:

Town house with citizens' hall
  • District clinic and health competence center in Wörth an der Donau
  • Town house with citizens' hall
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • kindergarten
  • Day nursery
  • youth club
  • City library
  • City archive (in the former Hofdorf schoolhouse)
  • Recycling center
  • Sewage treatment plant
  • Fairground
  • Electric charging station for e-bikes
  • Charging stations for electric cars

Education and media

In the city there is the Wörth middle school with M-Zug and a bound all-day school . It belongs to the Middle School Association of the Middle Bavarian Forest - Danube Valley and has been a member of the School Without Racism - School With Courage network since December 1st, 2015 . The Wörth-Wiesent primary school is located in the neighboring municipality of Wiesent. There is also a branch of the Regensburger Land adult education center and the Wörth e. V. and a parent-child group organized by Catholic Adult Education .

music school

The music school Wörth / Donau e. V. was brought into being on June 24, 1985 by the music teacher Christoph Böhm. Initially, the school was privately run for three years by the founder and owner. By converting it into a non-profit association, it has since been a member of the Association of Bavarian Singing and Music Schools . The music school offers a continuous training concept through numerous qualified teachers. Since July 2010 the seat of the music school has been the town hall. Concerts take place regularly.

Adult Education Center Regensburger Land

In Wörth there is one of 25 branch offices of the VHS Regensburger Land (as of 2015). On October 27, 1955, its predecessor institution, the Regensburger Land e. V. founded. The initiators were committed teachers around the Wörther teacher Günther Halx. At that time there were four branch offices with Wörth, Neutraubling , Großberg and Sünching .

Middle School Association

As part of the intermunicipal cooperation , the Middle School Association of the Vorderer Bayerischer Wald - Donautal was founded in April 2010 . This school association is a flagship project across the districts and districts.

The members of the school association are:


The daily newspapers Donau-Post , a local edition of the Straubinger Tagblatt , and the Wörther Anzeiger , a local edition of the Mittelbayerische Zeitung , each with its advertising papers , the Regensburger Wochenblatt , an edition of the Wochenblatt Verlagsgruppe and Blizz , a weekend newspaper of the MS Media-Service & Verlag GmbH Regensburg.

Danube Post

On October 1, 1891, the newspaper Donau-Post was founded in Wörth by Josef Schützinger . On October 20, 1930 it went as a local edition to today's media group Straubinger Tagblatt / Landshuter Zeitung , at the time Cl. Attenkofer'schen Verlag in Straubing, about. On October 1, 2016, the media group celebrated its 125th anniversary at a ceremony in Wörth; a memorial plaque to the founder was put up at the cemetery.

Radio and television

In addition to the national radio and television programs, the radio stations Radio Charivari , Radio Gong FM , Radio AWN and the regional television station TVA can be received in the city area.


Bearer of the citizen's medal

Citizen's Medal of the City of Wörth on the Danube

According to the statutes of January 20, 2004, the town's citizen medal is awarded for special services to Wörth ad Donau. Persons proposed by the mayor and city councilors can be awarded the citizen's medal after a city council resolution. The mayor decides on the handing over of the medal; it is awarded in a festive setting at the city's annual closing ceremony. The citizen's medal is shaped like a round coin with a diameter of 40 mm and is made of fine silver. It shows on one side the city coat of arms with the inscription "Stadt Wörth ad Donau" and on the other side the words "Citizen's Medal for Special Merits". The number of medalists should not exceed ten living people.

  • 2004, December 28: Karl Völkl (born March 3, 1923; † June 15, 2012), teacher, founder of the Stadtkapelle Musikfreunde , founder of the young wind band , organist and conductor
  • 2005, December 29: Fritz Zimmerer (born September 14, 1930 - January 8, 2013), haulier, former city councilor, district fire inspector a. D., holder of the German Fire Brigade Cross of Honor in gold
  • 2010, August 1st: Franz Senft, brick factory owner, former city councilor and 2nd mayor
  • 2010, August 1st: Josef Schütz, innkeeper, former city councilor, co-founder of the Kolping theater stage, holder of the Bavarian Prime Minister's badge of honor
  • 2010, August 1: Siegmund Rösch (* July 13, 1937; † September 3, 2013), master baker, former city councilor and 2nd mayor
  • 2013, December 30th: Johann Bauer, entrepreneur, former city councilor
  • 2013, December 30th: Ulrich Müller, entrepreneur
  • 2014, December 29th: Heinrich Karl, District Clinic Director a. D.
  • 2015, December 28: Josef Eidenschink, butcher, former city councilor and 2nd mayor
  • 2015, December 28: Dieter Delp, former city councilor, holder of the Bavarian Prime Minister's badge of honor

Honorary citizen

  • 1887, May 6th: Albert Voigt , factory owner
  • 1909, June 6th: Georg Freimuth (* 1858), pastor from 1902 to 1926, founder of the "Pfarrer-Freimuth-Stiftung" Kindergarten in Wörth
  • 1912, June 4: Anton Haag (* March 22, 1854 - January 13, 1921), senior teacher from 1887 to 1920, founder of the association
  • 1915, May 1st: Konrad Laubender († 1918), market secretary, co-founder of the Wörth volunteer fire brigade, district fire brigade representative from 1875 to 1912.
  • 1925, October 10: Johann Henfling (* December 11, 1858; † August 4, 1930), mayor from 1902 to 1930
  • 1925, October 10th: Georg Zierer, brewery owner, 2nd mayor
  • 1925, October 25th: Max Neumayer, doctor and medical adviser
  • 1950, February 9: August Essenwein (* 1871; † 1953), pharmacist (son of August O. Essenwein ), founder and co-founder of associations, from 1928 deputy. District fire brigade representative, home nurse and local writer
  • 1950, March 25: Rupert Heider († 1956), owner of a power station
  • 1965, March 9: Johann Baumann († 1968), mayor from 1946 to 1964.
  • 1965, December 30th: Karl Frank († 1970), Chief Inspector , Head of Market and City Administration from 1924 to 1965
  • 1984, September 20: Sister M. Hathelma († 1989), superior of the Mallersdorfer sisters in the district hospital in Wörth
  • 2004, August 1: Franz Beutl (born September 28, 1938), 2nd Mayor of Kiefenholz (1966 to 1971), Mayor of the city of Wörth (1973 to 2002), deputy district administrator a. D., District Councilor a. D., Former Mayor
  • 2004, August 1: Ludwig Schindler (* 11 August 1929), book publishers, school principal a. D., former city councilor and local homeworker a. D.
  • 2004, August 1: Rupert Schmid (born June 11, 1935), former district council president . D., District Administrator of the District of Regensburg from 1978 to 2002

Bearer of the Federal Cross of Merit

  • 1980, July 25: Karl Völkl (born March 3, 1923; † June 15, 2012), teacher, founder of the Stadtkapelle Musikfreunde , founder of the young blowers band , organist and conductor, holder of the Federal Medal of Merit
  • 1990, January 9: Fritz Zimmerer (born September 14, 1930 - January 8, 2013), haulier, former city councilor, retired district fire inspector. D., bearer of the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon
  • 2016, April 20: Dieter Delp (born March 6, 1944), former city councilor, honorary chairman of TSV Wörth ad Donau, holder of the Federal Medal of Merit
  • 2018, June 6: Friedrich (Fritz) Jörgl (* 1947), local home nurse, holder of the Federal Medal of Merit

sons and daughters of the town

Connected with Wörth


Joseph Rudolf Schuegraf author of the Wörther Chronik
  • Emperor Friedrich I. Barbarossa is said to have stayed in Wörth in 1174 and 1189, at the beginning of the Third Crusade .
  • Literary historians (including Friedrich Wilhelm ) locate the origin of the George novel by Reinbot von Durne in the middle of the 13th century in Wörth an der Donau.
  • Wörth was visited in 1812 by the then Crown Prince and later King Ludwig I with his wife Therese and on July 3, 1852 by the royal couple Maximilian II and Marie .
  • The historian Joseph Rudolf Schuegraf wrote two market chronicles about Wörth in 1835.
  • The Princes of Thurn and Taxis bear the title “Duke of Wörth and Donaustauf” , which was given to them in 1899 by Prince Regent Luitpold . The current sponsor is Albert von Thurn und Taxis . The Taxisstraße is named after the princes.
  • Wilhelm Hoegner , State Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria, visited Wörth on the occasion of the celebrations and the presentation of the town elevation certificate on August 1, 1954.
  • Bishop Rudolf Graber , Friedrich Viehbacher , Lord Mayor of the sponsored city of Regensburg, and State Secretary Wilhelm Vorndran visited Wörth on July 1, 1979 on the occasion of the 1200th anniversary celebrations.
  • Bavaria's Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann, visited Wörth on August 1, 2010 on the occasion of the opening of the Wörther Bürgerhaus.
  • The jazz musician Tobias Meinhart grew up in Wörth . Meinhart won 2006 with the group Fourscore at Jugend jazzt . He and his quartet were honored at Startbahn Jazz in 2009 and in the same year received the audience award for best band at the Getxo Jazz Festival , at which he received the soloist award in 2012.

Myths and legends

"The offset boundary stone"

The area on the lower reaches of the Wellerbach near Tiefenthal , popularly known as “Schinderbachl” , is woven around with legends, horror and ghost stories . Halfway between Wörth and Tiefenthal stood the Wörther gallows on a hill . (Gallows Hill)

If you went by there at night, you saw a man who carried a boundary stone on his back and kept asking: "Where should I put it?" Nobody dared to give him an answer. Once a young wanderer came along around midnight. He saw the man with the landmark and he asked: "Where should I put it?" Then the boy gave him the answer: "Where did you take it!"

Then the man threw away the stone and shouted: “Thank God, now I am redeemed!” Then he disappeared and was never seen again.

Poetry and songs

Josef Schützinger newspaper founder

Poem by Josef Schützinger

(Grandson of the newspaper founder Josef Schützinger and owner of a book printer)

Set in Volkston in 1936 by Alfred Küchler.

1st stanza

"My Wörth a. D." (Wörther Heimatlied)

Where there is joyful jubilation in the valley,
where a murmur goes through the mountain forest,
where the boat easily pulls in the nearby stream
and the shy game flees the hunter,
where the
cornfield ripens in the sunshine, there can only be Wörth, my dear home.
only Wörth can there only Wörth can be my dear home


  • August Essenwein: Wörth on the Danube. Description and history of the market and its surroundings. Section Wörth a. D. des Waldverein (eV) Buchdruckerei J. Schützinger , Wörth a. D. 1911.
  • August Essenwein: Wörth on the Danube. Description and history of the market and its surroundings. Section Wörth a. D. des Waldverein (eV) Buchdruckerei J. Schützinger, Wörth a. D. 2nd edition. 1935.
  • Tourist association Bayerischer Vorwald: Bayerischer Vorwald - area Wörth ad Donau Buchdruckerei Eduard Schramm, Wörth / D. 1969.
  • Josef Fendl (Red.): Wörth, city between river and mountain. Regensburg 1979, DNB 790673258 .
  • Ludwig Schindler: Large community of the city of Wörth in the past and present. 1st edition. Wörth ad Donau 2001, OCLC 166027622 .
  • Ludwig Schindler: 50 years of the city of Wörth on the Danube 1954–2004. Published by the City of Wörth ad Donau 2004.
  • Ludwig Schindler (text author): City guide Wörth. Verlag Attenkofer, Straubing 2008, ISBN 978-3-936511-52-9 .
  • Ludwig Schindler: Wörth on the Danube in old views. European Library - Zaltbommel / Netherlands 1987, ISBN 90-288-4565-8 .
  • Ludwig Schindler: Wörth on the Danube in old views. Volume 2. European Library - Zaltbommel / Netherlands 1993, ISBN 90-288-5652-8 .
  • Fritz Jörgl: 200 years of Hofapotheke Wörth ad Donau. Verlag Laßleben, Kallmünz 2008, ISBN 978-3-7847-1210-9 .
  • Fritz Jörgl: Brief Wörther folklore "10 years of volunteer work at home nurses ". Publisher City of Wörth ad Donau. Oberpfalzverlag Laßleben, Kallmünz 2012, ISBN 978-3-7847-1224-6 and digitized version of the Regensburg contributions to local research in the e-library .
  • Fritz Jörgl: Brief Wörther folklore "hereant and dreant". Publisher City of Wörth ad Donau. Oberpfalzverlag Laßleben, Kallmünz 2013, ISBN 978-3-7847-1226-0 and in the e-library digitized version of the Regensburg contributions to local history research.
  • District of Regensburg: Our district of Regensburg. Territorial Reform: Impact - Anecdotes - Views. Regensburg 2014, ISBN 978-3-9812370-2-3 .
  • Theodor Häußler: Viticulture in Old Bavaria - Baierwein then and now. The core area from Kelheim to Wörth. Pentling 2008, ISBN 978-3-8370-4352-5 , pp. 95 and 194.
  • Josef Dollhofer: The Walhalla-Bockerl. The history of the Walhalla Railway . End station Wörth ad Donau, pp. 27, 57, 141. Book publisher of the Mittelbayerische Zeitung. 4th, completely revised and enlarged edition. 1995, ISBN 3-921114-30-6 .
  • Voluntary fire brigade Wörth ad Donau (Ed.): Festschrift 125 years of volunteer fire brigade Wörth ad Donau. Schramm printing house, Wörth ad Donau 1993.
  • Kriegerverein Wörth / Donau - reservist comradeship Wörth / Donau (ed.): Festschrift 125 years warrior club - 35 years reservist comradeship. Kilpdruck, Wörth / Donau 1997.
  • Albert Eichmeier, Peter Lutz: Resistance and persecution in Wiesent (Wörth ad Donau) during the Nazi era. Wiesent 2015, ISBN 978-3-88246-346-1 .
  • Lena Solleder: Wörth on the Danube during the Third Reich . Wörth ad Donau 2018, ISBN 978-3-88246-375-1 .
  • Fritz Jörgl: Small Wörther Folklore . Volume 3. Publisher City of Wörth ad Donau. Wörth 2018.
  • Elias von Steinmeyer:  Reinbot v. Thorn . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 28, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1889, p. 5 f.

Web links

Commons : Wörth an der Donau  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Wörth  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

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