Sun splash

What Bavaria lacks in shoreline, it makes up for in rivers and lakes. When summer temperatures climb to 30 degrees the numerous beautiful beaches are a great way to cool down whilst you lie back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and plan your next walk or cycle ride.

Don't miss the the emerald-green waters of the myriad lakes and rivers in Bavaria!


Eibsee Lake at the foot of Zugspitze

Eibsee Lake at the base of the Zugspitze mountain »

The panorama around Eibsee Lake is breathtakingly beautiful and the crystal-clear water in the lake is amazing. The lake is situated approximately 100 kilometers southwest of Munich, near Grainau, and lies at the foot of the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain).

River Isar in Alpenwelt Karwendel region

Karwendel region and its Lake Soiernsee (1,600 metres above sea level) »

The upper reaches of the Isar in the Karwendel region of the Alps is home to some of the greatest diversity of flora and fauna of any riverscape in Europe. Another water based highlight is Lake Soiernsee which is one of the highest lakes in Germany.

River trips through the Wilden Rodach valley

Franconian Forest - on the trail of the rafters »

Some 25 wooden rafts offer liquid river trips. The trail starts at the source of the Wilden Rodach in Rauhenberg and follows some 24 kilometres to the Rodachtal from where walkers can enjoy the scenery along the length of the river Rodach that eventually flows into the river Main.

Wakeboarding and waterskiing Lake Steinberger

Upper Palatinate Forest - "Land of 1,000 lakes" »

The Upper Palatinate Forest is known as the "Land of 1,000 lakes". Actually, it is home to 4,700 lakes that were established back in the Middle Ages by monks. Today the region is a unique natural biotope providing a habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

View of Herrenchiemsee Castle - Lake Chiemsee

Chiemsee-Alpenland - Aqua highlights »

The Chiemsee Alpenland is not only home to Lake Chiemsee that is lovingly nicknamed the Bavarian Sea, it also has a wealth of other aqua highlights. No itinerary would be complete without a trip to Wasserburg: almost entirely surrounded by a bow of the river Inn.

Passau - Aerial view

The Bavarian Danube »

International watercourse and huge river world of adventure

View on the Königssee

Königssee and Hintersee »

The emerald-green Königssee near Berchtesgaden is surrounded by steep walls of rock, with the 1800-metre east wall of the Watzmann towering above its west shore.

Lake Staffelsee

Staffelsee and Murnau »

The Staffelsee and Murnau were a source of inspiration for many artists, as documented in the Murnau home of Gabriele Münter and Wassily Kandinsky.

View on the Tegernsee

Tegernsee-Schliersee-Wendelsteingebiet »

You see its emerald-green colour in the lakes of Tegernsee and Schliersee, and it pours from the taps in the state capital of Munich: the water in the holiday region of Tegernsee-Schliersee-Wendelstein has a very special history.

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Tinninger Lake - Rosenheimer Land © Sabine Weinhardt