Oktoberfest is almost here and we are sure you have your trip to Munich all planned out. We are also pretty sure that after a few days of heavy partying with humongous amounts of beer and hearty Bavarian food , you will be in desperate need of some peace and quiet, possibly surrounded by magnificent, tranquil nature. Good news is - in Bavaria you're in for all of that!Once in Munich, some of the most amazing lakes in Europe will be only a short car ride away!
A little bit biased, our favourite lake in the region is Königssee, the cleanest lake not only in Europe but maybe even in the whole world. The lake lies near the small town of Berchtesgaden near the border with Austria, where Hitler had his summer residence during World War II. Besides many interesting sights of historic importance in Berchtesgaden, you can take an unforgettable boat cruise across the lake with breaks at different stops. A secret tip: delicious smoked trout on the island of Saint Bartholomew.
Tegernsee lies peacefully surrounded by the Alps and about 30 miles from Munich. The most dominant mountain overlooking the lake is Wallberg, easily accessible by cable car and perfect for light or somewhat more difficult hiking tours. For an added adrenaline rush, you can try your hand at paragliding from Wallberg. You could also have a chilled, lazy day at the shore and test the flavours of Bavaria in the 'Bräustuberl Tegernsee'.
Bodensee (Lake Constance)
Bodensee is officially the most famous and the most visited lake in Germany. This doesn't surprise given its perfect position on the borders of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the unique, flowery island of Mainau open for visitors. The Bodensee region is famous for wines and apples. Our secret tip: if you happen to visit the beautiful old town of Lindau with its fairy-tale towers, be sure to pay a visit to Buchcafé Augustin, a quaint book shop with a small café, hidden in the maze of cobblestoned streets in the old town. They serve excellent home-made quiches, German baked goods with goat cheese and tasty Bodensee wines.
Walchensee feels almost like the Mediterranean, minus the scent of salt in the air. The crystal clear water and pine trees are there, though. The fascinating fact about this lake is its colour varying from azure to dark blue. Located around 46 miles from Munich, it will be a pleasant one-hour ride.
Between the much-praised tourist destination Starnbergersee and Ammersee lies the small lake of Wörthsee. Together with these two lakes, Pilsensee and Weßlinger See, it forms the so-called 'Land of 5 Lakes' in Bavaria. Wörthsee attracts mostly because of its clean water and the radiant tranquillity - just perfect after Oktoberfest!