The Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria. It is picturesquely located in front of the Chiemgau mountains, around 90 kilometers from Munich and 60 kilometers from Salzburg.
Tourists from all over the world are attracted here: because of leisure activities-but also because of two popular islands.
On the Herreninsel, the Herrenchiemsee Palace built by King Ludwig II and the Augustinian Canons can be visited. The highlight of the smaller Fraueninsel is the Benedictine Abbey Frauen Wörth, founded in the eighth century. ”
The most comfortable way to explore the lake is by boat with one of the excursion boats. They are a bit old but exude a nostalgic charm. A more sporty way of getting around the lake is on the 55-kilometer bike path in one day, and on foot in two days. The Chiemsee can be reached very easily by public transport (DB station Prien).
On a two-day high-altitude hike above the Prien Valley, you can enjoy a royal view. It is possible to make a detour to the summit of Hochries (1586 m) and Spitzstein (1596 m). The starting point is the height of the view. With an overnight stay at the Hochries Haus (1569 meters) a relaxed tour, on the second day you walk the Kammweg via Predigtstuhl and Klausen Berg.
If you like, you can take the Spitzstein with you. If you are in good physical condition, stay overnight in the Spitzsteinhaus (1263 m) Only experienced people should choose the north ascent to the Spitzstein.
Our tip: In the north wing of Herrenchiemsee Palace, which has never been completed, an exhibition on contemporary art has been taking place in the summer months since 2013 with the title “Royal Class”. Every year, other main works from the Pinakothek der Moderne are attractively staged on the red exposed brick.
The Hintersee near Ramsau is the perfect picture of a romantic mountain lake. Landscape painters of the 19th century, such as Carl Rott Mann or Ferdinand Waldmüller, have immortalized this idyll of mountains and water in their romantic paintings.Entdecke die Bayerischen Alpen
The hiking area around the Hintersee is very diverse and provides excellent tours for adventurous mountain climbing, as well as for families. The ideal foundation is the Blaueishütte (1,680 m), which can be reached from the east bank. Experienced people can still ascend the Schärtenspitze (2,153 m) from which one has a spectacular view of the glacier, the Hintersee and the Hochkaltergebirge.
The tip: On the way of the painter you can walk in the footsteps of the artists to art historical sights and painter’s viewpoints. The start is in the center of Ramsau. 26 panels with paintings line the path between the church and the Hirschbichl Pass. Interesting: a comparison with today’s landscape
The Tegernsee lies in the Mangelfallgebirge, 50 km south of Munich. Many artists worked on Lake Tegernsee and created stories, the most beautiful of which was that of the fire, Kaspar, who played cards with a cherry spirit. Its creator was Franz von Kobell, who lived here temporarily for many years. Unfortunately, the Gmund Valley is narrow and clogged with cars on weekends, so it’s better to come by train. The BOB runs to and from Munich in part every 30 minutes.
Fiction and landscape – on the trail of Kaspar from Brandner. The hike takes us over the Pfliegeleck and the Gasthaus Galaun up to the Riederstein Chapel. From there you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Tegernsee and the surrounding mountains. Hikers climb the Baumgartenschneid and round off the tour over the Alpbachtal. Or hike extensively over the Kreuzbergalm and Neureuth.
The tip: Olaf Gulbransson was Norwegian, but in his own way a Bavarian original. His work can be viewed in the museum initiated by his widow
FUNTENSEEEntdecke die Bayerischen Alpen
The lake: The Funtensee near Berchtesgaden is a jewel in the Stone Sea. It is nestled between the Königssee and the Hochkönig, on a high plateau (1633 meters). It is considered the coldest place in Germany, as minus 45.9 degrees Celsius was measured there in December 2001 – the coldest ground temperature that we have ever recorded. In the summer months you don’t feel any of it, you can even swim in the Funtensee.
You really have to earn a cool bath in Funtensee. The quickest – but also the most strenuous – is via the Saugasse. If you have survived the overcrowded boat trip from Königssee to St. Bartholomäus with tourist trumpets and echoes on the lake, it goes in just under four hours and at the end steeply to the Kärlingerhaus. There you can eat and stay overnight. A nice tour for experienced hikers is the crossing of the Steinerne 34ALPS SOMMER2020Meeres in about two hours to the Riemann Haus (overnight stay possible). From there it goes back the next day in about seven hours via Ofenloch and Sagerecksteig steeply down to Königssee. A refreshing bath will wake you up again. Those who prefer to stay up can spend themselves on peaks like the Schönfeldspitze (2653 m) or the Breithorn (2504 m).
The tip: The Funtensee gentian is a schnapps made from the gentian that grows on site. It is only distilled from the roots of the gentian that have been dug up by hand and processed on site.
The rather rural Ammersee is after all the third largest lake in Bavaria and is in no way inferior to the big ones when it comes to recreational activities. Long reed belts line the edge of the bank, biotopes are preserved. While the west bank is not very accessible, the east bank has almost no restrictions on the water.
Paddling tour from Herrsching to Grafrath – a tour through the Ampermoos nature reserve. Inexperienced paddlers travel from Herrsching by steamer to Stegen and from there change their own boat to the Amper. Sporty paddlers start right away in Herrsching (approx. Two hours across the lake). From there you drift downstream to Grafrath. There is refreshment in the beer garden, which is a great swimming area for children. From Grafrath the water becomes livelier and is reserved for more experienced paddlers. After a 20-minute walk you will reach the Grafrath S-Bahn station.
The tip: stop at the ice cream maker in Stegen at the Fischer restaurant. Located just 300 meters from the boat entry point.
The Wörthsee is located in the Upper Bavarian Fünfseenland 25 kilometers southwest of Munich. It is one of the cleanest and warmest lakes in Bavaria. Its namesake is located in the southern part: the island of Werth, which is popularly only called Mouse Island. A small castle was built on the island as early as the 15th century, which is privately owned and unfortunately cannot be visited. There are only five publicly accessible bathing areas on the entire lake. Large lawns were laid out on the south-west bank of the lake near Oberndorf. There are also three bathing jetties that lead far into the water to protect the bank with its nesting and spawning areas.
The region offers wonderful, low-traffic cycle paths that can be easily combined with the S-Bahn. The tours can be extended or shortened as required. If you want, you can take a steamboat trip across the Ammersee or Starnberger See to shorten the route and let “sea air” blow around your nose. The guide “Fünfseenland. 36 bike tours for connoisseurs “by Hartmut Wiechert (Rother bike guide)
Our tip: not everyone owns a SUP board or wants to take it with them on the S-Bahn. At the SUP station on Wörthsee you can rent boards, book courses or even take yoga classes.
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Only about one kilometer away and separated by a moraine wall and landslide from the eleventh century lies its little brother on the south bank of the Königssee: the Obersee. From the Saletalm you can easily reach it in 20 minutes via a hiking trail. For bathing, the lake is more for the very tough nature.
Hike to the Fischunteralm and “The Little Brother” to the Röthbach waterfall. From Salet you balance on a narrow path to the 500-year-old Fischunkel-alm, which is located at the very southern tip. From there you hike slightly uphill to the end of the valley and there you can admire the Röthbachfall, the highest waterfall in Germany, falling 470 meters. From mid-May to mid-October, the Alm is managed by two capable dairy women who offer simple Bavarian dishes.
In the summer months, however, you are rarely alone here: Many boat tourists from Königssee treat themselves to this easy-to-reach detour. Alternative: circular route to the Malerwinkel and Rabenwand viewpoints. Finding a lonely hiking trail around the Königssee is difficult in the season. This approximately two-hour hike to the two magnificent viewpoints is always worthwhile.
The tip: early in the morning – on the very first boat tour – you have the lake almost to yourself. Get off in St. Bartholomä and follow the path markings to the Eiskapelle. What a natural spectacle! You should allow around two hours for the way there and back
Lake Starnberg has only had its name since 1962. Before that, it was called Würmsee: after the river Würm, which is the only drainage from the lake. The lake can be explored in many ways: by sailing boat, rowing boat, motorboat, or SUP – there are numerous opportunities to have fun in and around the water. On dry days there is a wonderful view of the Zugspitze panorama. The lake is very easy to reach by public transport. There are five train stations along the western bank. The bathing area near Possenhofen and the castle of the same name from the 16th century, where Empress Elisabeth (Sisi) once grew up, is very popular. The adjacent park is pleasantly shady under the old trees, and there is a beach volleyball field for sports enthusiasts.
Hike around the southern tip of Lake Starnberg from Tutzing to Ambach. Along the “Nobelre-viere” and through two wonderful parks 41ALPS SOMMER2020 you can circle the southern tip of the lake from Tutzing to Ambach in just under five hours. In Seeshaupt you can shorten the hike after three hours and switch to the steamer. It is about an hour and a half on foot to the “Fischmeister” inn in Ambach. There you rest in a neat rustic style under shady, old trees before the last steamer brings you back to Tutzing or Starnberg.
Our tip: The Buchheim Museum in Bernried is always worth a visit. The “Museum of Fantasy” houses a remarkable collection of German Expressionists, compiled by the artist Lothar-Günther Buchheim.
The lake: The Sylvensteinsee is an artificial reservoir that was created in 1959. You only see that at second glance: it meanders picturesque through the former Faller Valley. There is an official swimming area in case. The unofficial bathing bays are tolerated, but do not offer any infrastructure. For families with children who are not yet able to swim, caution is advised: the bank breaks abruptly into the depths.
The Schafreuter (2102 m) offers an impressive view of the Karwendel Mountains. The most beautiful, but with four to five hours longest ascent starts in Fall and leads steeply uphill on shady paths past Grammersberg and Graskopf. The last stage from the Tölzer Hütte is slightly exposed, but technically not difficult. Those who like to relax can stay at the Tölzer Hütte from 2021: This is currently being renovated. Until then: take enough drinking water and provisions with you! The descent leads to the Oswald Hütte or Kaiserhütte, and the bus takes you to Fall or Lenggries to the train station. You can also start at the Oswald Hütte and descend into the Lecktal, where an RVO bus stops.
Our tip: After a long day of bathing, you can fortify yourself in the beer garden at the “Post” inn in Vorderriß
The Kochelsee, framed by Herzogsstand and Heimgarten, shows two faces: the southern bank is bordered by a steeply sloping rock wall, the northern bank runs flat into a reed belt to form an extensive raised bog. In Altjoch, not far from the hydropower station, there are somewhat quieter bathing areas that are also suitable for children. The lake is considered one of the richest in fish and is ideal for fishing.Mehr Platz und mehr Privatsphäre – ein perfekter Familienurlaub
The Rabenkopf (1559 m) is no longer an insider tip – but still less crowded than the famous neighboring peaks. The only drop of wormwood are the long forest paths, for which there are unfortunately only a few alternatives. The grandiose view of the lake and the landscape makes you forget this quickly. Make a detour to the nearby Staffel-Alm (1320m) to admire the original frescoes by Franz Marc through the hatch window as well as coffee and cake.
The tip: short vacation in the relatively new thermal bath “Kristall-Trimini” with outdoor pool, thermal bath, sauna, steam bath and wellness treatments. The view from the “Herzogsstand Sauna” with its huge panorama window is gigantic. To cool off in the ice-cold lake and then look at the Herzogsstand and Heimgarten from your deck chair.
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