Ettendorfer Kircherl
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Horse pilgrimage site and papal home

The Georgiritt of the Traunsteiner St. Georgsverein on Easter Monday is one of the largest and most colorful horse pilgrimages in Bavaria with its historical figures, decorated riders and horse teams as well as thousands of spectators. In addition to the sword dance, the highlights are the blessing in the Ettendorfer Kircherl, which is located in the Surberger municipal area. The church houses one of the oldest organs in Bavaria from 1669 (restored between 2001 and 2005). From the little church you can enjoy a unique view of Traunstein and the backdrop of the Chiemgau mountains. Not far away is the parental home of the retired “Bavarian” Pope Benedict XVI. (2005-2013). Born Joseph Ratzinger in Marktl in 1927, the family moved to Hufschlag in the Surberg community in 1937.

Surberg local history

In the area of today's municipality there were noble residences in Surberg and Hallabruck. Until the administrative reforms around 1800, Surberg belonged to the Burghausen Rentamt and the Traunstein District Court. In 1818 the current political municipality was founded. The official spelling "Surberg" was determined on July 6, 1937. Today, a Jewish memorial near Surtal commemorates the tragic fate of 61 concentration camp prisoners.

Surberger personalities

With Martin Braxenthaler (born 1972) one of the most successful athletes in Bavaria lives in Surberg. During his time as an active competitive athlete with a handicap, the monoskier and ski racer won nine overall World Cups and ten gold medals at the Paralympics in Salt Lake City, Turin and Vancouver. Braxenthaler has won the Sports Prize of the Bavarian State Government (2006), the "Laureus World Sports Award 2007" and the Bavarian State Medal for Social Merit 2008.

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Surberg in summer

SalzAlpenWeg - Traunstein - Siegsdorf - Inzell

The SalzAlpenWeg runs along the first "pipeline" in the world: the brine pipeline from Bad Reichenhall to Traunstein was built more than 400 years ago. The hike from Traunstein to Inzell is a very special journey through time.

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Brauerei Wochingerbräu

Traunstein's smallest brewery with the largest beer garden - the Wochinger family has been brewing in the brewhouse of the traditional brewery in Traunstein since 1892 for 14 generations.

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Brauerei Schnitzlbaumer in Traunstein

Tradition meets modernity - Founded as early as 1575 as the "Oberer Bräu", today's Schnitzlbaumer private brewery is the oldest brewery in the beer town of Traunstein.

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On this tour you will follow in the footsteps of former Pope Benedict XVI. through the Upper Bavarian holiday regions of Inn-Salzach and Chiemsee-Chiemgau.

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Surberg in winter

Pub Lauter

The Wirtshaus Lauter, which is known as the heart of the Surberg district of Lauter, is a very original place for meetings, festivals, celebrations and cultural events. As an important transformer and overnight station on the Salzzstraße from Reichenhall to Wasserburg, it was run as a tavern as early as the 14th century. Renovated with respect for tradition, it has been the lively center of community life there for several years


No less traditional is the lovingly restored farmer's Gütl Siboto (1193) in Surberg, where the wine academic Martina van de Wiel lets you taste exquisite wines and cultivates the tradition of cultivated wine enjoyment with themed evenings, exhibitions and festive menus.

Contact details

Tourist-Information Surberg
Stadtplatz 39
83278 Traunstein
+49 861 65500