There are some cities that are so full of nature’s blessings that one feels lucky to visit them and Munich in Germany is one such gem. It is located about an hour away from the Alps, and has plenty of tourist attractions that ensure you never feel bored during your time here. In addition to strolling through the many gardens, city parks and MarienPlatz, you should definitely spend some time in the beautiful munich lakes, Although some of these are far from the city centre, you can reach many of them by driving or taking a bus from MarienPlatz.
10 beautiful munich lakes
If you are a lover of alpine lakes, you must plan a trip to Munich. Blessed with many lakes, the city is full of sights that will bring you peace:
1. Sternberg Lake
Lake Sternberg is a short 35-minute drive from Munich if you take the S-Bahn from MarienPlatz and is the fifth largest freshwater lake in all of Germany. Since it is located 25 km away from the city centre, it is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some time in solitude. If you’re not convinced, check out TS Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’, which specifically refers to this lake. The best time to visit this lake is during summer when you can rent a boat or paddle and even take a dip. Winters are more for strolling on the beach and drinking beer while enjoying the picturesque view.
Place: Bahnhofpl. 5B, 82319 Sternberg, Germany.
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It is extremely impossible to plan a trip to Germany and not read or hear about Lake Ammersee in Munich. Yes, it is that popular. It is the third largest lake in Bavaria and is located about 35 km west of the city centre. There are many areas in Ammersee where you can spend a memorable time but a particularly special area is the beach located near Hersching. There is nothing that this beach does not offer, from an area entirely dedicated to sports to an open-air bar, a swimming dock and a barbecue. The second exit is the beach area near Dysen where you can spend time sunbathing under big old trees, making it an ideal place for families to spend some time.
Place: Between the towns of Hersching and Diessen, Upper Bavaria, Germany, southwest of Munich.
Walchensee Lake is considered one of the deepest alpine lakes in Germany. The clear water is approximately 200 meters deep and the lake covers an area of 16 km square. The Walchensee in Munich is best appreciated if you drive into the neighboring mountains and enjoy the panoramic views. Summer is a great time to visit this lake as there are many activities one can indulge in, such as renting a boat or paddle or diving in for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Other options include surfing, sailing and even fishing and hence, you should not worry about not finding enough things to do here. If you are fond of trekking, you can take a hike on the nearby Mittenwald Trail and enjoy the incredible views along a wall lined with beautiful pine trees.
Place: Kochel, Bavaria, Germany
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The Chiemsee is a stunning freshwater lake located a short 90-minute drive from Munich city centre. It is popular as the meeting place of three rivers. Don’t forget to pack all your beach essentials for this road trip, so grab your swimming gear, sunglasses and sunblock before leaving for Chiemsee. Situated on the banks of Lake Preenevera the complex is a one-stop shop for all your relaxation needs. There is an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, sauna and one that is only for rejuvenation purposes. There are several restaurants along the lake that you should visit when all the water makes you hungry for some carbohydrates.
Place: Prienvera 83209 Prien am Chiemsee, Germany
5. See the reamer
It is a must visit, especially if you are in the east of Munich. We love Remmersee because it gives you a glimpse of German lake legends without traveling further from the city. It is located a short 30-minute drive from the city centre, MarienPlatz and the Remersee, an artificial lake that was designed by the popular French architect Gilles Wexlard. The entire lake area is spread over 7.7 hectares and also includes a huge park area. Make sure you pack a fresh bottle of sunscreen with you because if the weather is too hot the natural shade here is not enough to protect you from the sun. It is a popular place among both locals and tourists who like to picnic and spend time here.
Place: New Messestadt Riem, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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6. Tegernsee Lake
One of the most frequently visited lakes in Munich due to its upscale and luxurious location in the city, Lake Tegernsee in Munich is more than a lake, it is an experience. It is very popular among locals who like the surrounding infrastructure, especially when compared to other nearby lakes such as Walchensee and Ibsee. Tegernsee is also known for its quaint and charming surrounding villages, plenty of eateries and hiking options. Apart from these, swimming here is not only fun, it is also like going on the terrace and feeling cool.
Place: Tegernsee, Bavaria, Germany
7. Koenigsee Lake
If swimming in crystal clear waters is central to your idea of a lake, then the Königssee in Munich is the ideal choice for you. It is situated barely 2 miles from the small town of Berchtesgaden. It is the deepest as well as the cleanest lake in Germany, and so the area has been used for recreational purposes for centuries. According to popular legends, Adolf Hitler went sailing here on this lake and Eva Braun spent time sunbathing on the beautiful shore.
Place: Berchtesgadener Land District, Bavaria
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If swimming is one of the most important priorities for you when visiting a lake, then you should definitely consider a trip to Lake Worthsee. There are many reasons that make it an ideal place to spend time such as its proximity to the city center via the S-Bahn. If you love to spend some time in solitude, where the crowd is not stealing your precious moments of peace, then you should spend time at this particular lake. Whether you go swimming or rent a boat and SUP, there’s no chance you’ll be bored in Worthsea.
Place: Sternberg district of Bavaria, Germany
9. Simsasi Lake
If you think this is one of those lists where the places get boring and dull as you go down, you are wrong! Simsi Lake is just as beautiful and exciting as the other lakes mentioned above. It is located only 15 minutes away from Chiemsee and people like the fact that it is less crowded than other lakes in the area. Although reaching this lake requires some effort, it also makes for a relaxing time. It is situated at an altitude of 470 meters in the foothills of the Alps and is surrounded by lush forest vegetation. There are three swimming areas in this lake and before visiting you should decide which swimming spot is suitable for you.
Place: Simsee-Steuben, Seestrasse 41, 83139 Sochtenau, Germany
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Many people love Lake Fasanerissi as it is an ideal place for both swimmers and non-swimmers. So, whether you want to visit a lake or enjoy beautiful views, this is a great option for you. In fact, if you are also interested in trekking or mountain biking then it is a great option as it has beautiful winding trails. This is one of the most beautiful lakes in Germany and if you have time for it, you should try to include it in your itinerary.
Place: Feldmöching, Bavaria, Germany
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One of the most important things to do in Munich when you have some free time in the city is to have a picnic by the lake. The Munich lakes add to the beauty of this city and to know what we are talking about, you have to visit this Bavarian gem. Book your holiday packages with TourTravelHotels for the best holiday experience in Germany.
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FAQs about Munich Lakes
Where can you swim in Munich?
If you are looking for options for swimming in Munich you should not miss these options such as Naturbad Maria Einsiedel, Prinzregentenbad, Schaerenbad, Michaely-Freibad, Ungerbad, Bad Georgenschwege, Dantebad, Freibad West (Westbad), etc.
Are there mountains in Munich?
Yes, there are mountains in Munich. In fact, Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s Zugspitze mountain is one of the most popular mountains in Munich. It is the highest mountain in Germany. Additionally, it also has the world’s highest beer garden.
How do I get to Lake Königssee from Munich?
Munich/Berchtesgaden is 2 hours 45 minutes/3 hours away from Munich by train. Whereas if you take the train from Berchtesgaden railway station, Königssee will be about 6 km away. Apart from this, there are also buses that you can use while visiting this place. You can also take a round boat trip through the lake, which will take you about 4 hours to reach.
How far is the Alps from Munich?
Munich is 129 km away from the Alps and if you cover this distance by road it is approximately 157 km.
Is it safe to walk around Munich at night?
Yes, it is safe to walk around at night in Munich. However, there are some areas that can be a little risky. But we would advise you not to travel alone at night and take care of your luggage.
What is Munich famous for?
Munich is a stunning place located in the southern part of Bavaria. The place is famous for its stunning architecture, interesting culture, annual Oktoberfest beer festival. Actually, Munich is also famous for its cultural scene with many museums.
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