|• Mayor||Werner Weindl|
|• Total||242.90 km2 (93.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||679 m (2,228 ft)|
|• Density||40/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||08042, 08045 (Fall)|
Lenggries is a municipality in Bavaria, Germany. Lenggries is the center of the Isarwinkel, the region along the Isar between Bad Tölz and Wallgau. The town has about 9,500 inhabitants. By area, it is the largest rural municipality ("Gemeinde") in what was formerly West Germany, and the 7th-largest overall. (All six currently larger Gemeinden are in Brandenburg.)
The name Lenggries is derived from Lenngengrieze (long Gries), a long rubble field with deposits of debris from the bed of the Isar.
Lenggries sits on the Isar River before it transitions into the Alpine foothills. To the east are the Tegernsee Mountains, to the west lies the home mountain of Lenggries known as the Brauneck with an elevation of over 1,555 meters above sea level. The Brauneck is a well known ski area tied together by lifts. The city of Lenggries sits 700 meters above sea level.
Lenggries first appears in documentation in the Year 1220. For many years Lenggries was the only settlement on the „langen Gries“ ruled by the Barons of Hörwarth from the Hofmark castle. In 1705 the first resistance against the Austrians was organized in Lenggries. This later lead to the battle of Sendlinger Bauernschlacht. From 1808 to 1818 edicts from the Bavarian municipality formed Lenggries into a politically independent municipality. In 1924 Lenggries was connected to the Railroad (known today as the Bayerische Oberlandbahn), which starts the importance of tourism for Lenggries' economy. From 1935 until 1939 Gebirgsjäger (also known as mountain infantry) were stationed in Lenggries.
The economy of Lenggries is mostly dependent on tourism, primarily focused on hiking and with emphasis on the forests of the area.
Culture and Attractions
- Church St. James (Italian baroque style, built 1722)
- Calvary hill near Hohenburg (geometric Style, as opposed to the one in Bad Tölz).
- Castle Hohenburg, Exile of Adolf I of Luxembourg.
- Evang.-Luth. Church (built 1952)
- The Heimatmuseum Lenggries (Home museum) exhibits locally related items.
- The Brittany-Bridge, which is named after a partnership to the north-western region in France.
- Claus Bergen (Painter)
- Martina Ertl (Alpine skier)
- Annemarie Gerg (Alpine skier)
- Hilde Gerg (Alpine skier)
- Michaela Gerg-Leitner (Alpine skier)
- Albert Grünwedel (Archeologist)
- "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). 31 December 2012.
Media related to Lenggries at Wikimedia Commons
- official Website of the Town (English)