The history of Wolfratshausen goes back more than 1,000 years. It was founded in the year 1003, when a castle was erected high above the Loisach riverbed. Unfortunately, no trace of that castle can be found today: Its powder magazine was struck by lightning in 1734, destroying the whole complex but sparing the town.
Located within a magical, mostly un-touched natural landscape between the Loisach and Isar Rivers, the village developed into a vivid, charming small town at the heart of the Bavarian Oberland (the region of Weilheim-Schongau, Miesbach, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen). The two rivers characterized the region for a long time, bringing wealth and reputation to the timber rafting citizens of Wolfratshausen. To this day, the rafts attract many tourists from all over the world who use the opportunity to ride through unique surroundings into the Bavarian metropolis of Munich.
The town of Wolfratshausen is the undisputed center of the Bavarian Oberland: Its location within the recreational region Tölzer Land; its surroundings, incl. Lake Starnberger See; the raft rides on the Loisach and Isar Rivers; an extensive network of cycling and hiking trails; golf courses in perfect settings; excellent shopping opportunities; and finally, a wide range of cultural events.
Tourists and Munich weekend vacationers love to visit the nature reserve „Pupplinger Au“, or the Wolfratshauser Berg (Wolfratshauser Hill) – both feature well-kept hiking trails– to enjoy extensive, relaxing walks in magnificent and colorful natural surroundings, particularly in spring and fall. When the weather is clear, the view from the Wolfratshauser Berg covers the whole region of the alpine foothills.