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Lenggries, Germany

Where is Lenggries?

Lenggries is a relatively small town in the Isar valley, but the area that the local council covers is the largest in Bavaria and one of the biggest in Germany.

It is part of the Alpine Road route which heads south of Bad Tölz and through the mountain countryside towards the Tegernsee.

It is a popular destination for walkers in the summer and skiers on the small but still quite challenging Brauneck ski area.

Centre of Lenggries Germany
Centre of Lenggries Germany

More information about the winter sports available in Lenggries is available on our sister site SkiGermany: Skiing in Lenggries

How to get to Lenggries

Closest airport to Lenggries

Innsbruck Airport over the border in Austria is the closest of the airports and may well be convenient for those who have prearranged their own transport.

Distance to Innsbruck Airport: 89km
Distance to Munich Airport: 101km
Distance to Salzburg Airport: 129km
Distance to Memmingen Airport: 147km

However Munich not only has a wider choice of flights and destinations, it is also easier to get to and from both with private and public transport.

Train station in Lenggries

Lenggries is connected to Munich via the BOB regional train service (the Bayerische Oberlandbahn). The station is within easy walking distance of the town centre and has regular bus connections to the mountain lifts on the other side of the valley.

Where to stay in Lenggries

Lenggries is a small town on the banks of the Isar perhaps best known for its walking and skiing opportunities on the Brauneck mountain.

Accommodation options are available either in the town or out near the bottom station of the lifts.

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History of Lenggries

The name Lenggries is closely connected to the river that it was built on - it refers to the extensive limestone gravel and shingle banks brought down from the mountains by the water.

The limestone in the area was used to make plaster and mortar after it was heated in special kilns, while the river itself was an important trade artery for the raft traffic from Lenggries.

Brauneck behind the Kalvarienberg shrine near Lenggries
Brauneck behind the Kalvarienberg shrine near Lenggries

The town is thought to have started as a workers' settlement at the base of the old Hohenburg castle (only ruins of the original are now visible near the calvary hill).

The constant growth in towns to the north along the Isar river led to the development of the rafting traffic from Lenggries. The main cargo was products made from the limestone: quicklime, lime mortar and lime plaster.

The industry became so important that the amount of wood used in the process of heating the limestone led to concerns from landowners about deforestation of the area in the 15th century and following eras. At the height of the river trade around 800 rafts transported goods downstream.

The modernisation of building materials and methods and the construction of the nearby Walchensee hydro-electric power station in the early 20th century put paid to the small-scale industry.

However by that time Lenggries had started to build a tourist industry, the area having been romanticised by German authors and artists, and in 1924 the town was connected to Munich by a modern train line.

Lenggries nowadays profits from its connections between the population centres to the north and the mountains surrounding the town. The ski area is one of the better-known German resorts and the local ski club is renowned for its production of World Cup and Olympic ski racers.

Lenggries tourist office

The town tourist office is situated in the centre and has a small local museum upstairs: