Cham (district)

Cham (German pronunciation: [kaːm] (listen)) is a Landkreis (district) in Bavaria, Germany. It is bounded by (from the south and clockwise) the districts of Regen, Straubing-Bogen, Regensburg and Schwandorf and by the Czech Plzeň Region.

Flag of Cham
Coat of arms of Cham
Adm. regionUpper Palatinate
 • District admin.Franz Löffler (CSU)
 • Total1,510 km2 (580 sq mi)
 (31 December 2020)[1]
 • Total128,094
 • Density85/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationCHA, KÖZ, ROD, WÜM


The first historical date in the regional history is the year 748, when the bishop of Regensburg ordered the foundation of a monastery in the sparsely populated region. About 100 years later, the royal castle of Cham was built and became a summer residence for the Holy Roman Emperors. The region was called Campriche or Mark Cham. In 1204, the Mark Cham became subject to Bavaria, in 1352 to the Electorate of the Palatinate and in the 17th century back to Bavaria. Nowadays, Cham still enjoys the laid-back lifestyle from the days of yore. Many projects have been initiated to give this area an impetus to grow, yet in spite of this, it is still one of the least-populated regions in Germany.


The district is located in the northern parts of the Bavarian Forest. It is situated within the borders of the Upper Bavarian Forest Nature Park. The highest mountain is the Großer Arber at 1439 m, located near the Germany–Czech Republic border. The Regen river enters the district in the southeast and leaves to the west; most of the settled places are situated along this river and its main tributary, the Chamb coming from the Czech border.

Coat of armsEdit

The upper part of the arms is occupied by the blue and white checkered pattern of Bavaria. Below the church of Chammünster is displayed (today belonging to the town of Cham), which was built in 748 within a famous monastery.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

Towns and municipalities in Landkreis Cham
Towns Municipalities
  1. Bad Kötzting
  2. Cham
  3. Furth im Wald
  4. Roding
  5. Rötz
  6. Waldmünchen
  1. Arnschwang
  2. Arrach
  3. Blaibach
  4. Chamerau
  5. Eschlkam
  6. Falkenstein
  7. Gleißenberg
  8. Grafenwiesen
  9. Hohenwarth
  10. Lam
  11. Lohberg
  12. Michelsneukirchen
  13. Miltach
  14. Neukirchen beim Heiligen Blut
  15. Pemfling
  16. Pösing
  1. Reichenbach
  2. Rettenbach
  3. Rimbach
  4. Runding
  5. Schönthal
  6. Schorndorf
  7. Stamsried
  8. Tiefenbach
  9. Traitsching
  10. Treffelstein
  11. Waffenbrunn
  12. Wald
  13. Walderbach
  14. Weiding
  15. Willmering
  16. Zandt
  17. Zell


  1. ^ "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik (in German). June 2021.

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Coordinates: 49°15′N 12°40′E / 49.25°N 12.67°E / 49.25; 12.67