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    Exploring the Great Lakes of Bavaria | Tegernsee

    Bavaria is a beautiful region of Germany that is filled with culture, history and magnificent views. When the weather is right, there is no better place to relax in Bavaria than enjoying the scenery that surrounds its lakes. One of the most prominent lakes is Tegernsee, located just 31 miles south-east of Munich and 50 miles from Tirol, Austria. What makes this lake town so special is the timeless culture its surrounded by, having been founded in 746 . In the heart of the town you will find the Tegernsee Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery. Both the abbey and the town are named after the Tegernsee, the name is derived from the Old High German language, tegearin seo, meaning great lake. The abbey is known today as the Tegernsee Castle, or Schloss Tegernsee in German. The castle is now available to be toured and it also houses a restaurant which features a large patio for dining with enchanting views of the lake.


    The lake is approximately 4 miles in length, with a width of .87 miles and an area of 3.449 square miles. A variety of things are available to see and do for everyone; whether it be relaxing along the man made beach areas, renting a boat, or enjoying a peaceful bike ride. There are numerous places to lay down and relax in order to soak up the sun, as well as many lake front restaurants to choose from for dining. The town of Tegernsee which surrounds the lake is full of boutiques and shops and is well known to be one of the best spa towns in Bavaria. If you are up for a little more adventure, you can choose to hike up to Mount Wallberg which overlooks the lake and the town that surrounds it. If you would like to enjoy the views, but without the hike, no worries, you can simply take the cable car to the top and enjoy the panorama on the way up. Once there, in the summertime you will find beach chairs available to lay out for the perfect place to relax. You could also continue your hike with various trails to choose from.

    Have you seen all you came here for but still looking for more? You can enjoy a short 13 mile drive to Bad Tolz and enjoy getting to know another small Bavarian town, one that is known for its cobblestone streets lined with European houses. Bad Tolz puts on a nice German Christmas market as well in the winter time. Salzburg, Austria is also just about 120 km drive from Tegernsee. Planning a road trip through Bavaria is something definitely worth doing, especially in the summertime when one can enjoy the beautiful weather and sites along the way without the worry of potentially bad driving conditions. No matter what you may be looking for in a vacation, Bavaria and the surrounding areas is sure to not disappoint, regardless of the season.

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