Wolfratshausen

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Wolfratshausen
Coat of arms of Wolfratshausen
Coat of arms
Wolfratshausen   is located in Germany
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
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberbayern
District Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen
Subdivisions 5 Stadtteile
Government
 • Mayor Helmut Forster ("Bürgervereinigung")
Area
 • Total 9.13 km2 (3.53 sq mi)
Elevation 576 m (1,890 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 17,580
 • Density 1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 82515
Dialling codes 08171
Vehicle registration TÖL, WOR
Website www.wolfratshausen.de

Wolfratshausen is a town of the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, located in Bavaria, Germany. The town had a population of 17,118 as of 31 December 2003.

History[edit]

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 storing black powder. 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 the 15th century, people were using the Loisach and Isar rivers for water transport, especially logging. Even today, you can ride a raft from Wolfratshausen into Munich.

During World War II, a forced-labor subcamp of Dachau concentration camp named Föhrenwald was located here.[citation needed] Following the war, the labor 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 honor the Lord of Münsing who was one of the founders of the Benediktbeuern Abbey.[2]

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

Geography[edit]

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.

Town Subdivision[edit]

The town of Wolfratshausen is split into the following subdivisions:

Notable residents[edit]

Former Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber lives in Wolfratshausen. It is the birthplace of actors Saul Rubinek and Towje Kleiner.

It is also the place where took place the assassination of Croatian businessman Stjepan Đureković, allegedly by UDBA agents.

Culture, Sights, and Recreation[edit]

Buildings of Note[edit]

  • 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.

Museums[edit]

  • Museum of Local History

Recreation and Travel Destinations[edit]

  • 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.


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