Ruhpolding in late-July 2005
|• Mayor||Claus Pichler (SPD)|
|• Total||147.83 km2 (57.08 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||1,961 m (6,434 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||625 m (2,051 ft)|
|• Density||48/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
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 became a famous spa and tourist resort, especially for winter sports. The accommodation figures were 600,000 overnight stays per year in the mid 1950s and increased to 1,122,732 overnight stays per year in 1991.
- Andreas Wellinger, Olympic champion in ski jumping
- Georg von Hertling, the German Chancellor from 1917-1918, died here
- Vanessa Hinz, German biathlete
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