Cham, Germany

Cham, Germany
Church in Cham
Church in Cham
Coat of arms of Cham
Cham is located in Germany
Coordinates 49°13′N 12°39′E / 49.21667°N 12.65°E / 49.21667; 12.65Coordinates: 49°13′N 12°39′E / 49.21667°N 12.65°E / 49.21667; 12.65
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberpfalz
District Cham
Town subdivisions 53 Stadtteile
Mayor Karin Bucher (FWG)
Basic statistics
Area 80.67 km2 (31.15 sq mi)
Elevation 370 m  (1214 ft)
Population 16,975 (31 December 2010)[1]
 - Density 210 /km2 (545 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate CHA
Postal code 93413
Area codes 0 99 71

Cham (German pronunciation: [ˈkaːm]) is the capital of the district of Cham in the Upper Palatinate in Bavaria in Germany.



Cham lies within the Cham-Further lowland, which is bordered on the south by the Bavarian Forest and on the north by the Oberpfälzer Wald. The city lies on the Regen River, which joins the Danube at Regensburg.

The name "Cham" is of Celtic origin and probably means "bend" or "curvature". In fact, a few kilometers from the city, a winding brook called the Chamb flows into the Regen; it probably gave its name to Cham, first settlement at the bend of the larger river. Or, the name may have derived from "Kamm" (comb). The city's coat of arms contains a comb. A partner city, also called "Cham" in Switzerland, is actually pronounced with a first "ch" sound, whereas Bavarian Cham is pronounced with a "k".


Monks from Regensburg founded the Marienmünster, the first and oldest church in the Bavarian forest, at Chammünster in the 8th century. The first reference to Cham as a city appears in 976. An imperial castle stood on the Galgenberg (German: "gallows hill"), providing protection for the trade route into Bohemia. Cham was granted its own currency around 1000, the so-called Cham Denar. The 12th century saw the town's location shifted to its current place. The Hussite Wars of the 15th century inflicted great hardships on the townspeople. In 1742, the Pandur troops of Franz Freiherr von der Trenck overran and destroyed the city.

Cham's first railway connection came in 1861. On April 18, 1945, a British air raid on the western part of Cham caused 63 deaths. The arrival of numerous German war refugees from Silesia and the Sudetenland swelled Cham's population from 5,860 to over 10,000.

International relations

Cham, Germany is twinned with:

Notable people

  • Anne of Bohemia (1323–1338), a sister of Emperor Charles IV, later Duchess consort of Austria, Styria and Carinthia
  • Fritz Zängl (1914–1942), a German skier, was born in Katzbach.


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