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Lake Life: The Most Beautiful Lakes Near Munich You Need to Visit

Picture of Roanna Mottershead
Updated: 12 May 2017
Just an hour or so away from the Alps, Munich is one of those lucky cities that has nature right on its doorstep. If the Englisch Garten and many city parks aren’t enough for you, why not spend a sunny afternoon by one of these beautiful lakes. Though some are a little further afield, the shores of many can easily be reached by public transport directly from Marienplatz.


If you have more than a couple of days in the city, make like a Münchner and spend the afternoon relaxing by a lake. a quick 36-minute journey on the S-Bahn from Marienplatz will take you to Lake Starnberg – Germany’s fifth largest freshwater lake. Just 25 km from the centre, it feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Starnberg even gets a mention in T. S. Elliot’s poem, The Waste Land. If you’re not inspired to pen a poem, stroll around the lakeside, stop for a beer and admire the view. In summer you can also rent boats, pedalos, or take a dip!
Bahnhofpl. 5B, 82319 Starnberg, Germany.

Lake Starnberg © Bbb / Wikicommons

Lake Starnberg © Bbb / Wikicommons


Starnberg’s smaller neighbour can be a bit more peaceful, being popular with hikers, swimmers and paddle boarders. There are several scenic parks dotted along the Seepromenade where you can sit and admire the view – there’s even a mini castle, Kurparkschlosschen, on the lakeside. If you’re looking for a spot to set up your picnic blanket, try Strandhaus Ammersee. This grassy area right on the lakefront has toilets, a volleyball court and a little cafe in case you’re picnic runs out too quickly!
Kurparkschlösschen, am, Seepromenade, 82211 Ammersee, Germany
Erholungsgebiet 1, 82279 Eching am Ammersee, Germany

Ammersee lake
Ammersee lake | © Roanna Mottershead


Just over an hour’s drive from the city centre is one of the deepest Alpine lakes in Germany. It’s clear waters are almost 200 metres deep, the lake itself covering over 16 km2. It can be hard to appreciate it all in from ground level, so a drive up into the surrounding mountains for panoramic views is highly recommendced. In summer, you can hire boats and pedalos, or just jump in for a swim in the crystal clear waters. You can also surf, sail, fish and dive, so something for everyone here. Hikers can also head over to the nearby Mittenwald trail to stroll through pine trees, and enjoy the incredible views.

Walchensee Lake
Walchensee Lake |