Money could be saved at Chiemsee if the administrative community became a community. However, that would cost some records. Like a particularly royal and a particularly Catholic.
In Breitbrunn it’s easy to talk to each other, of course. After all, the municipality is the capital of the officially also quite correctly called “Breitbrunn a. Chiemsee” administrative community, to which, in addition to Breitbrunn, the two municipalities of Gstadt a. Chiemsee and Chiemsee belong. Including the officially efficient abbreviation of the M with a much more economical point, the municipality of Chiemsee could also be called “Chiemsee i. Chiemsee”. After all, it consists of the women’s, the men’s and the uninhabited herb island and is therefore by no means on the lake mentioned, but in the middle of it. There in the lake they would hardly want to talk about something like that, as was discussed recently in the Breitbrunn municipal council. Wouldn’t it be cheaper in the long run to turn the three-part administrative community into a single municipality? Even if it were, it would cost a couple of records anyway.
The smallest municipality in Bavaria would then no longer be Chiemsee with its 196 inhabitants, according to the state statistical office. Instead, Balderschwang in the Oberallgäu would bear the title, even though it has a proud 351 inhabitants. The municipalities Buckenhof and Trunkelsberg are already the smallest in terms of area, but firstly one is practically a part of Erlangen and the other is only separated from Memmingen by a meadow and the A 96. And secondly, Chiemsee has to include the comparatively large Herreninsel with the royal palace. Speaking of which: There is probably nowhere else a royal palace for every 196 inhabitants, and no other municipality can offer that around ten percent of all residents and 12.5 percent of all municipal councilors are nuns. Two years ago, the State Statistical Office extrapolated that there are 22 restaurants per 1000 inhabitants on the islands and that Chiemsee has by far the highest density of taverns in Bavaria.
All of this could of course only be watered down in a merger with parts of the mainland. Even the Breitbrunn municipal councils didn’t want to know anything about a merger as suggested by someone in the town hall. But they once ordered statistics for all three parishes. And in that they are the greatest themselves.