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Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary
Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary
Coat of arms of Piding
Coat of arms
Piding is located in Germany
Location of Piding within Berchtesgadener Land district
Piding in BGL.png
Coordinates: 47°46′0″N 12°55′0″E / 47.76667°N 12.91667°E / 47.76667; 12.91667Coordinates: 47°46′0″N 12°55′0″E / 47.76667°N 12.91667°E / 47.76667; 12.91667
Admin. regionOberbayern
DistrictBerchtesgadener Land
 • MayorHannes Holzner (CSU)
 • Total17.55 km2 (6.78 sq mi)
Elevation455 m (1,493 ft)
Population (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total5,451
 • Density310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes83448–83451
Dialling codes08651
Vehicle registrationBGL

Piding is an approved climatic spa in Bavaria near to the border of Austria close to Bad Reichenhall and Freilassing.


Geographical position[edit]

Piding is located in the middle of the Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land.

The municipal area corresponds to a natural expanse: It is bounded by the mountains Hochstaufen (1771 m) and Fuderheuberg (1.350 m) in the South, by the river Saalach in the East and by the hill Högl in the North-West. In the North-East the Saalach shapes the borderline to Salzburg (Austria).

Districts and Neighbours[edit]

The districts are Piding, Kleinhögl, Bichlbruck, Urwies, Mauthausen, Staufenbrücke and Pidingerau.

Immediate neighbours are the town Bad Reichenhall and the municipalities Ainring and Anger.


Archaeological troves shows, that the region was already populated in the New Stone Age (about 2800 BC). During the construction of the (former) ski-lift at the Fuderheuberg in 1970 copper bars from the Bronze Age were found.


The Catholic parish Maria Geburt (birth of Mary) is responsible for this churches:

  • parish church Maria Geburt (Piding)
  • St. Laurentius (Mauthausen)
  • St. Johannes at Johannishögl (no regular masses)

Development of population[edit]

1790: 635 inhabitants, 1910: 864, 1946: 1.540, 1985: 3.996, 2000: 5.093, 2002: 5.257.

Coat of arms[edit]

The municipal coat of arms from 1962 refers to the former relations to arch-monastery and chapter Salzburg (black lion's head) and to the Höglwörth Abbey (cross-over silver keys).


Municipal council[edit]

Elections in 2014

  • CSU: 9 seats
  • Free voters: 6 seats
  • Alliance 90/The Greens: 3 seats
  • SPD: 2 seats


First (governing) mayor is Hannes Holzner (CSU), second mayor Walter Pfannerstill(FWG) and third mayor Dr. Bernhard Zimmer (Grüne).

Culture and sights[edit]


  • Club for the preservation of traditional costumes, "D'Staufenecker"
  • Traditional band


  • Schloss Staufeneck


  • tennis hall, tennis courts
  • 50 km hiking trails, 12 km cross-country ski runs (tracked)
  • Pidinger Klettersteig (fixed rope route) to the Hochstaufen
  • Football ground

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Resident Companies[edit]

  • Autohaus Bachfrieder (car dealer)
  • Behindertenwerkstätte (workshop for handicapped people)
  • Milchwerke Berchtesgadener Land (dairy)
  • Stahl- und Metallbau Heinz Bender KG (metal constructions)
  • Eurimpharm (pharmacy)


Next to Piding is the last exit of the motorway A 8 (Munich-Salzburg) in front of the border to Austria. The federal road B 20 (Berchtesgaden-Oberpfalz) is tangent to Piding. Piding has its own railway station at the railway line Freilassing-Berchtesgaden.


  • Primary and secondary school
  • Rupertusschule (school for handicapped persons)


Honorary citizens[edit]

  • Max Wieser: former mayor


  • Max Wieser: Pidinger Heimatbuch, 1250 Jahre Piding - Verlag Plenk, Berchtesgaden 1985


  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). September 2018.

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