Ruhpolding is the municipality with the biggest area of the Traunstein district in southeastern Bavaria, Germany. It is situated in the south of the Chiemgau region in the Alps and next to the Austrian border.

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Ruhpolding in late-July 2005
Ruhpolding in late-July 2005
Coat of arms of Ruhpolding
Location of Ruhpolding within Traunstein district
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Ruhpolding is located in Germany
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Ruhpolding is located in Bavaria
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Coordinates: 47°46′N 12°39′E / 47.767°N 12.650°E / 47.767; 12.650Coordinates: 47°46′N 12°39′E / 47.767°N 12.650°E / 47.767; 12.650
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberbayern
DistrictTraunstein
Subdivisions55 localities
Government
 • Mayor (2020–26) Justus Pfeifer[1]
Area
 • Total147.83 km2 (57.08 sq mi)
Highest elevation
1,961 m (6,434 ft)
Lowest elevation
625 m (2,051 ft)
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
 • Total6,991
 • Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
83324
Dialling codes08663
Vehicle registrationTS
Websitewww.ruhpolding-rathaus.de

Ruhpolding has a biathlon track. It hosted the 1979, 1985, 1996 and 2012 Biathlon World Championships. It also has a ski jumping hill, Große Zirmbergschanze, where one World Cup event has taken place, in the 1992–93 season.

The economy is based on tourism and sports. In the year 2007 the Mountainbike 24h Race World Championships took place in the Chiemgau Arena. Other sports which are possible for tourists and residents are golf, mountainbiking, shooting, hiking, fly fishing and skiing.

HistoryEdit

The name "Ruhpolding" originates from the Bavarian word Rupoltingin and means "the people of the strong famous one". The town is mentioned as Ruhpoldingen for the first time in 1193.

It was connected to the railway in 1895. Since 1948, Ruhpolding has been a famous spa and tourist resort, especially for winter sports. The accommodation figures were 600,000 overnight stays per year in the mid 1950s, which increased to 1,122,732 overnight stays per year in 1991.

PeopleEdit

MayorsEdit

  • ?–1893: Anton Pointner
  • 1893–1906: Mathias Huber (BBB)
  • 1906–1919: Georg Eisenberger (BBB)
  • 1919–1933: Bartholomäus Schmucker
  • 1933 until the end of war: Anton Kreidl, Josef Wallner, Karl Huber
  • 1945 and 1946: Alois Rappl, Valentin Plenk, Fritz Grübl
  • 1946–1966: Josef Mayer (CSU)
  • 1966–1970: Leonhard Schmucker (CSU)
  • 1970–1972: Anton Stengel (UW)
  • 1972–1978: Franz Schneider (SPD)
  • 1978–1996: Herbert Ohl (CSU)
  • 1996–2002: Gerhard Hallweger (SPD)
  • 2002–2008: Andreas Hallweger (CSU)
  • 2008–2020: Claus Pichler (SPD)
  • since 2020: Justus Pfeifer (CSU)


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Liste der ersten Bürgermeister/Oberbürgermeister in kreisangehörigen Gemeinden, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, 15 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tabelle 12411-003r Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes: Gemeinden, Stichtag" (in German). Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik. June 2022.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ruhpolding at Wikimedia Commons