Ruhpolding in late-July 2005

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Coordinates: 47°46′N 12°39′E / 47.767°N 12.650°E / 47.767; 12.650Coordinates: 47°46′N 12°39′E / 47.767°N 12.650°E / 47.767; 12.650
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberbayern
District Traunstein
  Mayor Claus Pichler (SPD)
  Total 147.83 km2 (57.08 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 7,010
  Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 83324
Dialling codes 08663
Vehicle registration TS

Ruhpolding is a municipality of the Traunstein district in southeastern Bavaria, Germany. It is situated in the south of the Chiemgau region in the Alps. Ruhpolding has a population of approximately 6,400.

Ruhpolding has a biathlon track. It hosted the 1979, 1985, 1996 and 2012 Biathlon World Championships.

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.


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