Etzenricht is a municipality in the Upper Palatinate, ca. 6 km (3.7 mi) southeast of Weiden in the district of Neustadt an der Waldnaab in Bavaria in Germany.

Aerial view
Aerial view
Coat of arms of Etzenricht
Coat of arms
Location of Etzenricht within Neustadt an der Waldnaab district
Etzenricht in NEW.svg
Etzenricht is located in Germany
Etzenricht is located in Bavaria
Coordinates: 49°38′0″N 12°06′0″E / 49.63333°N 12.10000°E / 49.63333; 12.10000Coordinates: 49°38′0″N 12°06′0″E / 49.63333°N 12.10000°E / 49.63333; 12.10000
Admin. regionOberpfalz
DistrictNeustadt an der Waldnaab
Municipal assoc.Weiherhammer
Subdivisions6 Ortsteile
 • MayorMartin Schregelmann (CSU)
 • Total13.60 km2 (5.25 sq mi)
429 m (1,407 ft)
 • Total1,555
 • Density110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes0961
Vehicle registrationNEW

Etzenricht has 1721 inhabitants and various small industries. East of Etzenricht toward Rothenstadt is a transformer station of the E.ON AG with the GKK Etzenricht (described below) and a large compressor station for natural gas. Near Etzenricht are numerous fish-rich small waters, which can be used by anglers after obtaining a fishing license from the local fishery association.


Etzenricht was mentioned for the first time in a written document in 1270. In 1283 it was mentioned in the Salbuch of Louis II ("Ludwig der Strenge" as "Aechswinreuth". The inhabitants of Etzenricht lived at that time on honey production and agriculture. The Reformer Jan Huss visited Etzenricht in 1414, on his way to the council of Konstanz. During the war from 1618 to 1648 Etzenricht was destroyed in 1631. In 1875, a railway was built and the town got its own railway station in 1877. Until the completion of the Catholic Church in 1932, Evangelical and Catholic services in Etzenricht took place in the same church.

A transformer station of the Bayernwerk AG (now E.ON AG) was built near Etzenricht and was expanded several times in subsequent years. A HVDC back-to-back facility called GKK Etzenricht was installed there from 1991 to 1993, which made the name of the municipality Etzenricht supraregionally popular.


  1. ^ "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2020.