Kuemmersbruck - Joined Into Three Villages

Kuemmersbruck was established in 1972 through the joining together of the village communities of Koefering, Gaermersdorf and Theuern. At present, it has a population of 9,900. The major employer is Grammer, a company producing seats for cars and utility vehicles that are exported worldwide. The district offers a wide selection of hotels, inns and small private hotels as well as a variety of leisure facilities. The area features a multi-purpose center, an indoor swimming pool and a sports center with a 400-meter track, a bowling alley and indoor tennis courts. There are riding facilities, cycling paths and mini-golf courses.


Some years ago, a „station“ for cyclists was set up in Theuern, which lies on the „Five Rivers“ cycling route. Starting from Nuernburg, this route runs along the valleys of the rivers Vils, Pegnitz, Naab, Danube and Altmuehl, passing through the towns of Amberg, Regensburg, Kehlheim and Neumarkt on the old „Ludwigkanal“ and then back to Nuernburg. Theuern is an ideal starting point for a pleasant cycling tour along the former railroad track. A special attraction unique to this area is the possibility of water-skiing on the lake „Haidweiher“, which lies directly on the main road B85 south of Amberg.


Since 1960, Kuemmersbruck has been the location of a garrison of the Bundeswehr – the German army. Two tank regiments used to be stationed in the Schweppermann barracks in the part of the town called Gaermersdorf. These kept in close contact with the U.S. military forces. Now the buildings house the Logistic Battalion No. 472.


The district is best known for the museum of Mining an Industry situated in the village of Theuern, 8 kilometers south of Amberg. It was opened in 1978. The most important task here is the documentation and representation of mining an industry throughout the whole region of eastern Bavaria.


The museum complex includes not only the castle, built around 1781, but also three further monuments, which are typical of the industry in this region. This was followed by the construction of the old iron hammer mill, a reconstruction of a mine-shaft and a workshop for the grinding and polishing of glass. This building also houses the Museum of Electricity in eastern Bavaria, which is open to the public every Saturday.


It was the presence of water power, which made the erection of hammer-mills along the river Vils and other rivers possible, in order to process the iron ore from the mines in Amberg and Sulzbach. In Theuern there is a model of the Stauberhammer (the three-headed hammer) form Auerbach. It is in perfect working order.


After the closing down of the numerous hammer mills in the 19th century, small factories for grinding and polishing glass were set up an continued to use water power. Here the glass form the local glass works was finished off in a grinding an polishing process before being passed on to the mirror works where it was given the final coating. Everything works just as it did 200 years ago. Another branch of the museum is a model of a shaft from „Bayerland“ mine, from the mining area near Waldsassen, which is one of the rare examples of how mining was carried out in the 1930s. The Museum of Electricity contains old electrical appliances and documentation on the history of electricity in eastern Bavaria. This collection, which is situated in rooms under the roof of the polishing work of the Mining an Industry Museum, has been open to the public since 1996.


Further Informations:
E-Mail: vorzimmer@kuemmersbruck.de
Gemeinde Kümmersbruck, Amt I
Schulstr. 37, 92245 Kümmersbruck (Germany)
Phone: 09621 / 7080
Fax: 09621 / 70840

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