The county of Traunstein in the southeastern corner of Bavaria is better known internationally as the Chiemgau region. The second-largest county in the free state and home to more than 170,000 people, it possesses a strong and stable presence in the Alpine upland.
The county of Traunstein embraces the majestic Chiemgau Alps to the south and the picturesque Chiemgau landscape of hills, lakes and rivers to the north. The distance from Reit im Winkl, its southernmost tip, to Engelsberg at its northern extremity is about 65 kilometers. From Seebruck on Lake Chiemsee in the west to Kirchanschöring in the east, the county measures roughly 40 kilometers across. Lake Chiemsee – the "Bavarian sea" – is itself likewise part of the county of Traunstein.
Local residents "live and work where other people go on vacation", as the saying goes. Chiemgau is a heavily rural/farming region that is steeped in cultural traditions – one of the reasons why it ranks as one of Bavaria's preferred tourist regions. The strip of land between Lake Chiemsee and the Waginger lake accommodates one of the most extensive and best-developed cycling and hiking regions in Germany. Being a hilly region with very fertile soil, Chiemgau is liberally scattered with lordly manors, some of which are now open to the public. It is known beyond Germany's borders as a winter sports venue, in particular thanks to the world's most modern ice skating stadium in Inzell and the biathlon world championship and world cup courses at the Chiemgau-Arena in Ruhpolding. It is no surprise, then, that the region repeatedly produces famous and successful sports personalities, including Nordic combined and downhill skiing aces.
"High-tech, highlights and home" neatly sums up what the county of Traunstein is all about. Though it forms the southern tip of the Bavarian "chemical triangle", but agriculture, manufacturing, trade, services and tourism are the mainstays of its economy. The main industrial centers are Traunreut and Trostberg to the north of the city of Traunstein, while tourism is concentrated in the southern part of the county. Leading international, export-oriented companies in the electronics, chemical, optics and measurements systems industries are based here.
Some 8,500 companies benefit from the region's positive economic climate. They include household names such as Adelholzener Alpenquellen GmbH, Brückner Group GmbH, Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH and Siteco Beleuchtungstechnik GmbH. Nearly 3,300 craft firms lay a very firm foundation for the county's economic life. Good access to the airports in Munich and Salzburg, the presence of the A8 freeway and the Frankfurt-Munich-Salzburg-Vienna intercity rail link combine to make the county of Traunstein an attractive transport space in the heart of Europe.
Who to contact
Dr. Birgit Seeholzer
Wirtschaftsförderungs GmbH Landkreis Traunstein
Tel.: +49 (0) 861 / 58-7050
Traunstein County Administration Office
County Development/Regional Planning/Local Public Transport
Phone: +49 (0)861 58-317
Chiemgau Tourismus e. V.
Phone: +49 (0)861 9095900