Klais (Krün)

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Municipality of Krün
Coordinates: 47 ° 29 ′ 0 ″  N , 11 ° 14 ′ 0 ″  E
Height : 933 m
Postal code : 82493
Area code : 08823
Local prospectus Klais (in the background the Karwendel Mountains)
Local prospectus Klais (in the background the Karwendel Mountains )
Former inn
Remains of the Roman road
Place of the former Scharnitz monastery

Klais is a district of the municipality of Krün in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district in Upper Bavaria .


The place is at the entrance (toll road) to the Elmauer high valley with Schloss Kranzbach and Schloss Elmau . Here is the gate to the Wetterstein Mountains with the famous hunting lodge of King Ludwig II on Schachen .


Klais is the oldest place with a documentary mention in Werdenfelser Land . This exists in the form of a founding document of the Benedictine monastery Scharnitz in Klais in the year 763.

In 1972, during excavations, the remains of a 1,200-year-old founding Benedictine monastery were unearthed, which experts described as "remarkable". In addition, parts of the Roman road Via Raetia from Verona to Augsburg were exposed, the impressive bike lanes of which can still be seen today in the “Römerweg” on the eastern edge of the village. Klais could get its name from this “track”.

Perhaps Klais also got its name from the Benedictine founding mentioned above, because the monastery was then called Clausura , meaning enclosure , and it could then have become Klais . This “Kloster-Scharnitz time” lasted only two decades, however, then the complex fell victim to a historically proven major fire and Klais fell into a wasteland .

It was not until 1912 that Klais awoke to new life with the construction of the new Garmisch-Mittenwald-Innsbruck railway line . A proposed route near Krün was rejected by local farmers on the grounds that they would not let their fields and their work as raftsmen be taken away from them. The railway line promoted economic life and tourism. Until then, the village of Klais consisted only of the post and tavern station (Gasthof Post), the chapel, which has now become famous on postcards, the farmhouse and the remote forester's house.

A brisk timber trade started with the railroad and the place became the transshipment point for the entire timber industry from Hinterriß to Scharnitz. An additional sawmill secured jobs for the entire hinterland for the time.

The first holidaymakers came reluctantly, including the newspaper publisher Knorr-Hirth of the “Münchner newest Nachrichten” as the first guest. The timber trade was still too busy to concentrate on this new branch of business. The first private houses with pensions were not built until 1930.

Soil monuments

See: List of ground monuments in Krün


Klais train station

Road traffic

Klais is located on federal highway 2 between Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the west and the market town of Krün in the east. Mittenwald can be reached via state road 2542 . Furthermore, Elmau Castle can be reached via a toll road.

Rail transport

The Mittenwaldbahn runs through Klais and has connections to Innsbruck , Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Munich . At 933 meters, Klais station is the highest Bavarian station on a standard-gauge line and was Germany's highest intercity station . Intercity trains stopped here as planned until 2007.

The station was completely renovated in 2011. In 2015, on the occasion of the G7 summit in Elmau , the two platforms were made barrier-free. The ticket office in Klais was last open on August 10, 2015, and since then there have only been ticket machines on site. The next travel center is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It takes exactly 21 minutes to get there by train. There is (as of the 2020 annual timetable) an hourly train service with regional trains between Mittenwald and Munich, additional trains run during rush hour and on the weekends. There is a two-hour service to Innsbruck, supplemented by additional trains on weekends and in the weekday rush hour.

The Klais station is the only station in the municipality of Krün, so it is of great importance for the holiday region around Krün, Wallgau and Elmau. In winter, weekenders use the train station as a starting point for their cross-country skiing, the cross-country trails are in the immediate vicinity of the train station.



  • Thomas Schwarzenberger, Wolf-Armin von Reitzenstein: 763-2013: 1250 years of Klais - history and development of the place on Römerstraße . Published by the municipality of Krün. Schober, Krün 2013.
  • Wolfgang Wüst: A monastery in Scharnitz , in: Local Krün (ed.), 763-2013: 1250 years Klais - history and development of the village on the Roman road, Krün 2013, pp 15-27. ISBN 978-3-00-041974-4

Web links

Commons : Klais  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b By Knut Kuckel: 23 trains stop in Klais - in the highest train station in Bavaria. In: Grenzgänger TirolBayern. June 24, 2017, accessed on August 27, 2020 (German).
  2. PER RAILWAY Werdenfels. Retrieved August 27, 2020 .
  3. Electronic course book of the DB, course book route 960, timetable period: December 15, 2019 - December 12, 2020 , accessed on August 27, 2020