Land der tausend Teiche im Oberpfälzer Wald

Fish as the family business

'Land of a thousand lakes'

Fish as the family business

'Land of a thousand lakes'

In the murky waters of the fishing lake a man in green waders stands up to his thighs in water. With heavy steps he wades through the cold water, pulling his trawl net behind him. This is Klaus Bächer, the fish farmer at Fischhof Bächer in Muckenthal. Using his trawl net he slowly drives the fish to the edge of the lake  where his son-in-law is waiting with a landing net and fish crate – ready to haul the carp out of the water.

Klaus Bächer

This cultural landscape takes its name from the thousands of lakes in the area.

In the autumn it’s high season for the fishermen in the eastern district of Tirschenreuth. In this sparsely populated region in the Upper Palatinate one fish lake follows another –  more than 4,000 lakes in total. The Tirschenreuther Teichpfanne is therefore also known as the “Land of a thousand lakes”. Carp, pike and tench that are fattened up during the summer months end up in the fishermen’s nets at the end of September.

Between Tirschenreuth, Mitterteich and Wiesau, aquaculture has a long and rich tradition that stretches back more than a thousand years. The soil is very low in nutrients, the landscape is covered in bogs, and large deciduous and conifer forests stretch towards the horizon as far as the eye can see. This is why the inhabitants farm the waters instead of the land. In particular the Cistercian nunnery of Waldsassen Abbey promoted fish farming as early as the twelfth century and helped shape this unique landscape.

Fish farming close to nature in a family business

People here have been living a simple life in harmony with nature for centuries. Which is also true at Fischhof Bächer, where  the Bächer family has been farming fish for three generations. There are 20 different fish varieties in the 50 lakes that surround the farm.


'Wir arbeiten in der Natur, mit der Natur und von der Natur.'

Klaus Bächer always knew that he would continue his parent’s farm. He grew up with the fish and learned his fish farming skills at an early age. “We work with nature, we’re surrounded by nature, and we’re fed by nature. It’s important to us that we can sell our products with a clear conscience,” says Klaus Bächer. To ensure the highest quality, the family feed the fish with grain they have grown themselves, “so we know exactly what they’re eating.”


Fish experience and pleasure for every visitor

The freshly caught fish attracts not only the locals to Family Bächer’s “Fischerstüberl” fish restaurant and farm shop. Visitors from throughout Germany travel to the region, to enjoy specialities and traditional dishes such as bone-free carp fillet or trout à la meunière.

Whilst Manuela Bächer and her three daughters serve up steaming fish specialities, her husband gives the enthusiastic visitors tours of his lakes. “They can watch the fishing taking place, handle the fish directly and learn how the fishing year unfolds,” says Manuela Bächer. Head chef Elsa Bächer prepares the freshly caught fish in the “Fischerstüberl”.

'They can watch the fishing taking place, handle the fish directly and learn how the fishing year unfolds.'

After visiting the fish farm, the countryside around Muckenthal is ideal for excursions by bike or for exploring on foot. In summer the vibrant green of the foliage and the sparkling lakes create a sense of pure relaxation and in the autumn the burnished colours of the leaves offer a magnificent display. Manuela Bächer is effusive when she talks about the “Land of a thousand lakes”. “After the harvest the atmosphere around the lake is amazing! There’s a stillness and a sense of peace that you won’t find anywhere else.”


Fischhof Bächer GdbR

Manuela und Klaus Bächer
address: Muckenthal 4, 95676 Wiesau
Tel: +49 (0)9634 53 6
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