Discover the land of lakes
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. The springs in Talham, in Landkreis Miesbach (the Miesbach administrative district) supply Munich with water – one of the best drinking waters in Europe. It comes fresh and untreated from the Alpine foothills – almost 250 million litres a day flow into the capital. Tourists can cycle along the route the water takes along the M-Waterway, which follows the path of this number one foodstuff from Mangfalltal to Munich. The 82-kilometre route is signposted with information about the inestimable value of pure drinking water. There are many inviting sights, beer gardens and guesthouses dotted along the cycle path.
The water in Tegernsee has an emerald gleam. It is up to 72 metres deep and its freshly prepared fish, such as the Renke, a perch-type fish, or the trout, are a delicacy for gourmets.
The five small towns of Tegernsee, Gmund, Bad Wiessee, Rottach-Egern and Kreuth are dotted along the lakeside, which can be easily explored on a round-trip by bicycle. The 21- kilometre long stretch is mostly on level ground and follows the waterside. Those not too keen on cycling can easily change to a ship. Throughout the year, the ships of the Bayerischen Seenschifffahrt cross the six kilometre-long and two kilometre-wide lake. One can stop off at, for example, Bad Wiessee, which not only has one of the longest traffic-calmed lake promenades but also spring waters known to have healing properties. Here, Germany’s most powerful iodine-sulphur spring helps in cases of rheumatism, diseases of the circulatory system, skin complaints and respiratory and eye ailments. Bad Wiessee has been entitled to the appellation “Bad” since 1922.
A few kilometres further on at Schliersee, one can explore the sea from a paddleboat, which is great fun in the summer. Those who would like to cool off with a German beer can do so on the island of Wörth – or in one of the innumerable traditional Bavarian beer gardens. Thus fortified, one can surely take in just a little culture: Skiing ace Markus Wasmeier is building his farm and winter sports museum here, and the St. Sixtus church, with its 15th century “Gnadenstuhl” (Mercy seat) by the renowned south German sculptor Erasmus Grasser, is a jewel among gothic churches in Germany.
Tourismusverband Alpenregion Tegernsee Schliersee e.V.
Tegernseer Straße 20
Telephone: +49 (0)8026 920700
Fax: +49 (0)8026 924166