Alz

The Alz is a river in Bavaria, southern Germany, the only discharge of the Chiemsee. Its origin is on the northern shore near Seebruck. It is a right tributary of the Inn, into which it flows in Marktl. Other towns on the Alz are Altenmarkt an der Alz, Trostberg, Garching an der Alz and Burgkirchen an der Alz.

Alz
Location
CountryGermany
Physical characteristics
Source 
  locationChiemsee
  elevation518 m (1,699 ft)
Mouth 
  location
Inn
  coordinates
48°16′12″N 12°49′3″E
Length67.3 km (41.8 mi) [1]
Basin size2,239 km2 (864 sq mi) [1]
Discharge 
  average±75 m3/s (2,600 cu ft/s)
Basin features
ProgressionInnDanubeBlack Sea

The Alz is divided into the Obere Alz (upper Alz) and the Untere Alz (lower Alz). The section from the Chiemsee down to Altenmarkt is called the Obere Alz. The section from Altenmarkt to the mouth in Marktl is called the Untere Alz.

The Traun, a 29 km river flowing past the regional administrative center of Traunstein, is a tributary of the Alz.

Etymology

From pre-indoeuropean *alz "swamp, alder".

References

  1. Complete table of the Bavarian Waterbody Register by the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (xls, 10.3 MB)
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