The immense power of the water of the Mangfall was the reason for construction of a cotton mill, which in 1862 was opened. With it Kolbermoor was founded and grown up to 19.000 inhabitants nowadays.
In the last quarter of the 20th century the decline of the large industrial sites began. The city has seen a radical change in a very short time. Now this change is completed and successful: instead of fewer industries a wide mix of small and medium-sized enterprises. With the monumental ensemble of old spinning mill and historic workers settlement, Kolbermoor has two lighthouses with supra-regional appeal.
And also of new buildings the city attaches importance to good architecture in distinct, unmistakable design language accompanied overlooking usefulness of space and on living and working structures in the buildings. The new City Hall (Behnisch architects, 2012) and the Youth-club (2014), all are current evidence for this line of city planning.
Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck in an hour or less accessible. With Chiemsee Lake and Alps: Kolbermoor is surrounded by a region, in which others come to make holidays.
Cultural highlight every two years: the BIENNIALE of the Blacksmith, at these four days thousands of visitors come to look at the blacksmiths at work.