Wolfratshausen

Wolfratshausen (German: [vɔlfʁaːtsˈhaʊzn̩]) is a town of the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, located in Bavaria, Germany. The town had a population of 19,033 as of 31 December 2019.

Wolfratshausen
Wolfratshausen Old Town
Wolfratshausen Old Town
Coat of arms of Wolfratshausen
Location of Wolfratshausen within Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district
Wolfratshausen in TÖL.svg
Wolfratshausen is located in Germany
Wolfratshausen
Wolfratshausen
Wolfratshausen is located in Bavaria
Wolfratshausen
Wolfratshausen
Coordinates: 47°54′48″N 11°25′40″E / 47.91333°N 11.42778°E / 47.91333; 11.42778Coordinates: 47°54′48″N 11°25′40″E / 47.91333°N 11.42778°E / 47.91333; 11.42778
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberbayern
DistrictBad Tölz-Wolfratshausen
Subdivisions5 Stadtteile
Government
 • Mayor (2020–26) Klaus Heilinglechner[1]
Area
 • Total9.13 km2 (3.53 sq mi)
Elevation
576 m (1,890 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total19,091
 • Density2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
82515
Dialling codes08171
Vehicle registrationTÖL, WOR
Websitewww.wolfratshausen.de

HistoryEdit

The first mention of "Wolveradeshusun" appears in documents from the year 1003. About 100 years later, Otto II, the Graf of Deißen-Andechs, built a castle on a hill overlooking the valley. The castle was destroyed on 7 April 1734 when lightning struck the tower where gunpowder was stored. Stones from the ruins were transported to Munich where they were used to build the Residenz.

From 1280 the town was designated a market town. In 1286, Conrad Nantwein, a pilgrim from Northern Germany, was arrested and burned at the stake in Wolfratshausen. Pope Boniface VIII canonized Nantwein as St. Nantovinus in 1297.[3]

By the 15th century, the Loisach and Isar rivers were used for water transport, especially logging. River travel continued and rafts operated between Wolfratshausen and Munich.

During World War II, a forced-labour subcamp of Dachau concentration camp named Föhrenwald was located between Wolfratshausen and Geretsried.[citation needed] Following the war, the labour camp was used as a displaced persons camp by the Allies. In 1957, Föhrenwald was transformed into a suburb of Wolfratshausen and renamed Waldram, to honour the Lord of Münsing who was one of the founders of the Benediktbeuern Abbey.[4]

In July 1983, Croatian emigre businessman Stjepan Đureković was assassinated by UDBA agents in Wolfratsausen.[5]

Wolfratshausen was formerly the seat of the district government, but this moved to Bad Tölz in 1972.

GeographyEdit

Wolfratshausen sits at the confluence of the Isar and Loisach Rivers, at 47°55′N 11°25′E / 47.917°N 11.417°E / 47.917; 11.417 approx. 30 km (19 mls.) southwest of Munich. A canal joins the two rivers to return water diverted for power generation at the Isar Amper Werke to the Isar. The town covers 9.13 square kilometres and is 577 meters above sea level.

PoliticsEdit

MayorEdit

The current mayor of Wolfrtashausen is Klaus Heilinglechner of the Bürgervereinigung Wolfratshausen (BVW), who was elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2020.

City councilEdit

The Wolfratshausen city council (Stadtrat) governs the city alongside the Mayor. The most recent city council election was held on 15 March 2020, and the results were as follows:

Party Lead candidate Votes % +/- Seats +/-
Alliance 90/The Greens (Grüne) Annette Heinloth 44,639 25.0   13.5 6   3
Christian Social Union (CSU) Günther Eibl 39,544 22.2   10.3 5   3
Citizen's union Wolfratshausen (BVW) Klaus Heilinglechner 38,965 21.8   11.8 5   3
Social Democratic Party (SPD) Manfred Menke 25,512 14.3   8.2 4   1
List WOR (Liste WOR) Richard Kugler 22,806 12.8 New 3 New
Free Democratic Party (FDP) Patrick Lechner 5,354 3.0 New 1 New
Alternative for Germany (AfD) Timo Klitzsch 1,562 0.9 New 0 New
Valid votes 8,153 97.8
Invalid votes 188 2.2
Total 8,341 100.0 ±0
Electorate/voter turnout 14,873 56.1   2.7
Source: Votemanager

Town subdivisionsEdit

The town of Wolfratshausen is split into the following subdivisions:

Notable PeopleEdit

 
Hans Stuck in 1929
 
Rudolf II.

Culture, Sights, and RecreationEdit

Buildings of NoteEdit

 
St. Andreas Loisach river Wolfratshausen
  • Parish Church "St.Andreas" (erected 1484)
  • The Humplbräu, a hotel and restaurant in the historic city center (first mentioned in a document in 1619)
  • Historic city center (since 2005 with traffic reduction by use of one-way streets)
  • The gallery Schwankl-Eck
  • The Loisachhalle, a community exhibition and multi-use hall.

MuseumsEdit

  • Museum of Local History

Recreation and Travel DestinationsEdit

 
Haderbräu Wolfratshausen
 
Town hall Wolfratshausen
  • Amusement park "Märchenwald im Isartal" (opened 1968).
  • Log raft rides on the Isar and Loisach to Munich
  • Castle: Even if now only a Commemorative plaque and tuff remnants harken to the memory of this castle, its size can still be imagined. In 1734 the castle was destroyed by an explosion resulting from a lightning strike to the ammunition tower.
  • A walk through the hillside forest gives rise to picturesque views of the entire city and the peaks of the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountain ranges, from the Wendelstein in the east to the Zugspitze in the south.
  • Bike riding or rollerblading through the wildlife reserve Isarauen/Pupplinger Au.
  • The Japanese garden Yuko Nihon Teien, a gift from the Japanese sister city Iruma.
  • Bike ride to Lake Starnberg (about 12.5 miles)
  • The Via Bavarica Tyrolensis, a 140-mile bike path from Munich through the Alps to the Inn river Valley, goes through the Pupplinger Au.
  • Skiing, especially for children, at the slopes in Peretshofen and Beuerberg. The larger ski areas can be reached within 1 to 2 hours.
  • There are around 125 miles of cross-country ski runs in the surrounding area.


MediaEdit

A police German TV-series "Hubert ohne Staller" (2011–2018: Hubert und Staller) shows the town.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Liste der ersten Bürgermeister/Oberbürgermeister in kreisangehörigen Gemeinden, Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik, accessed 19 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Tabellenblatt "Daten 2", Statistischer Bericht A1200C 202041 Einwohnerzahlen der Gemeinden, Kreise und Regierungsbezirke". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ Nantovinus, S. In: Johann E. Stadler, Franz Joseph Heim, Johann N. Ginal (ed.): Vollständiges Heiligen-Lexikon, Volume 4 (M–P), B. Schmid’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (A. Manz), Augsburg 1875, pp. 511–512.
  4. ^ Waldram
  5. ^ Dossier: Slučaj Perković ili tko su hrvatski obavještajci, 24sata.hr; accessed 20 June 2021.(in Croatian)
  6. ^ [1]

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