Piding

Piding is an approved climatic spa in Bavaria near to the border of Austria close to Bad Reichenhall and Freilassing.

Piding
Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary

Coat of arms
Location of Piding within Berchtesgadener Land district
Piding
Piding
Coordinates: 47°46′0″N 12°55′0″E
CountryGermany
StateBavaria
Admin. regionOberbayern
DistrictBerchtesgadener Land
Government
  MayorHannes Holzner (CSU)
Area
  Total17.55 km2 (6.78 sq mi)
Elevation
455 m (1,493 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total5,419
  Density310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
83448–83451
Dialling codes08651
Vehicle registrationBGL
Websitewww.piding.de

Geography

Geographical position

Piding is located in the middle of the Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land.

The municipal area corresponds to a natural expanse: It is bounded by the mountains Hochstaufen (1771 m) and Fuderheuberg (1.350 m) in the South, by the river Saalach in the East and by the hill Högl in the North-West. In the North-East the Saalach shapes the borderline to Salzburg (Austria).

Districts and Neighbours

The districts are Piding, Kleinhögl, Bichlbruck, Urwies, Mauthausen, Staufenbrücke and Pidingerau.

Immediate neighbours are the town Bad Reichenhall and the municipalities Ainring and Anger.

History

Archaeological troves shows, that the region was already populated in the New Stone Age (about 2800 BC). During the construction of the (former) ski-lift at the Fuderheuberg in 1970 copper bars from the Bronze Age were found.

Religions

The Catholic parish Maria Geburt (birth of Mary) is responsible for this churches:

  • parish church Maria Geburt (Piding)
  • St. Laurentius (Mauthausen)
  • St. Johannes at Johannishögl (no regular masses)

Development of population

1790: 635 inhabitants, 1910: 864, 1946: 1.540, 1985: 3.996, 2000: 5.093, 2002: 5.257.

Coat of arms

The municipal coat of arms from 1962 refers to the former relations to arch-monastery and chapter Salzburg (black lion's head) and to the Höglwörth Abbey (cross-over silver keys).

Politics

Municipal council

Elections in 2014

  • CSU: 9 seats
  • Free voters: 6 seats
  • Alliance 90/The Greens: 3 seats
  • SPD: 2 seats

Mayor

First (governing) mayor is Hannes Holzner (CSU), second mayor Walter Pfannerstill(FWG) and third mayor Dr. Bernhard Zimmer (Grüne).

Culture and sights

Music/Tradition

  • Club for the preservation of traditional costumes, "D'Staufenecker"
  • Traditional band

Buildings

  • Schloss Staufeneck

Sport

  • tennis hall, tennis courts
  • 50 km hiking trails, 12 km cross-country ski runs (tracked)
  • Pidinger Klettersteig (fixed rope route) to the Hochstaufen
  • Football ground

Economy and infrastructure

Resident Companies

  • Autohaus Bachfrieder (car dealer)
  • Behindertenwerkstätte (workshop for handicapped people)
  • Milchwerke Berchtesgadener Land (dairy)
  • Stahl- und Metallbau Heinz Bender KG (metal constructions)


Traffic

Next to Piding is the last exit of the motorway A 8 (Munich-Salzburg) in front of the border to Austria. The federal road B 20 (Berchtesgaden-Oberpfalz) is tangent to Piding. Piding has its own railway station at the railway line Freilassing-Berchtesgaden.

Education

  • Primary and secondary school
  • Rupertusschule (school for handicapped persons)

Characters

Honorary citizens

  • Max Wieser: former mayor

Literature

  • Max Wieser: Pidinger Heimatbuch, 1250 Jahre Piding - Verlag Plenk, Berchtesgaden 1985

References

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