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Furth im Wald (official Furth i.Wald; in Czech Brod nad Lesy, resp. Bavorský Brod) is a town in Bavaria, Germany, near the Czech border in the Bavarian Forest, 16 kilometres (9.9 miles) northeast of Cham, and 17 kilometres (11 miles) southwest of Domažlice. The city is known as Drachenstadt (Dragon City), a reference to Furth im Wald's annual Drachenstich (Slaying of the Dragon) play. The Drachenstich, originally part of a Corpus Christi procession, was first mentioned in 1590. As one of the oldest folk plays in the German language, each year actors re-enact the legend of Saint Georg slaying the dragon.[2] In 2010, the play became notable for using the world's largest walking robot, an animatronic dragon called Tradinno.

Furth im Wald
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Coat of arms of Furth im Wald
Coat of arms
Location of Furth im Wald within Cham district
Furth im Wald in CHA.svg
Furth im Wald is located in Germany
Furth im Wald
Furth im Wald
Furth im Wald is located in Bavaria
Furth im Wald
Furth im Wald
Coordinates: 49°18′35″N 12°50′24″E / 49.30972°N 12.84000°E / 49.30972; 12.84000Coordinates: 49°18′35″N 12°50′24″E / 49.30972°N 12.84000°E / 49.30972; 12.84000
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionUpper Palatinate
DistrictCham
Government
 • MayorSandro Bauer (CSU)
Area
 • Total67.00 km2 (25.87 sq mi)
Elevation
407 m (1,335 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total9,093
 • Density140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
93437
Dialling codes0 99 73
Vehicle registrationCHA
Websitewww.furth.de

Twin townsEdit

Furth im Wald is twinned with:

GalleryEdit

Impressions from „Slaying of the Dragon“[3]

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

 
Memorial plate Aloys Fischer in Furth

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ "Drachenstich Festspiele". Drachenstich-Festspiele e.V. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  3. ^ Bohnenstengel, A. (2002): Bayern, Page 132–139