The four shipping companies (Ammersee, Starnberger See, Tegernsee and Königssee) were brought together to form the State Lakes Shipping – a state run enterprise of the Free State of Bavaria. Since January 1997, it has been named the Bayerische Seenschifffahrt GmbH. As an important starting point of numerous enchanting Danube cruises, Passau is also known as "Gate to the Black Sea". Cruises on the Danube can be booked in tourist agencies worldwide. The local Danube riverboat line Wurm & Noé offers three rivers city tours by boat.
On quiet electric boats, passengers glide over to the unique pilgrimage church of St. Bartholomä. With its striking onion turrets, it is located in one of the most beautiful places in Bavaria together with the former hunting lodge of Bavarian Kings.
It is well worth sailing right to the end station at Salet. A short walk leads to Lake Obersee where your view stretches across the magnificently situated lake and over to the Fischunkelalm and the Röthbach Waterfall. From over 450m, Germany's highest waterfall tumbles down into the valley.Schifffahrt Königssee
Lake Starnberg is full of history and stories. Who cannot help but think of King Ludwig II and Empress Elisabeth here? But not only the Fairy-Tale King or "Sisi" loved this lake. Many famous people liked to come here and left lots of grand style on its banks. The best views of the magnificent castles and elegant villas can be had from out on the water.
A great journey awaits you onboard the Starnberg steamer - stroll around the generous decks, climb the lookout tower or relax in a deck chair on the sundeck. Enjoy the fresh breeze, the wind and the waves. Only Lake Starnberg can offer a cruise feeling with an Alpine panorama.Schifffahrt Starnberger See
You can explore beautiful excursion destinations with selected shore walks. The "Holy Mountain" with the monastery of Andechs, the Marienmünster is worth seeing in beautiful Dießen, or the Gasteiger artist’s house are always worth a visit.
The steamers of wood, which was first launched in 1845, no longer exists. Today the fleet of modern ships is with a capacity between 25 to 350 people. Only the nostalgic flagship "Ludwig Fessler" from 1926 is still a paddle steamer. He drives during the summer schedule usually on Wednesdays from Prien at 12 and 15 pm, the "Big Chiemsee Tour". There is a year-round shuttle to the Herreninsel and Fraueninsel of Prien and Gstadt, more berths in summer Seebruck, Chieming, overseas and Bernau.
By the way: the king himself never took the steamboat. He traveled to by train to Rimsting and awaited 1881 in the specially built for him waiting room on the crossing by rowing boat to the Herreninsel.
Even at first sight, Lake Tegernsee promises Bavarian cosiness. The entire panorama of the Tegernsee Valley opens up from Kaltenbrunn in the very North across to the 1722m high Wallberg Mountain.
The most beautiful way to explore the blue-green shimmering lake and its surroundings is a round trip on one of the distinctive Tegernsee boats. What could be better than sitting on the deck in the sun ans enjoying the wonderful view of the picturesque shore and the beautiful mountains?This lake has always attracted people. 1,200 years ago, some monks founded a monastery here and still today, the former Monastery Church of St. Quirinus is impressive. But also, a visit to the famous Tegernseer Bräustüberl is worthwhile.
There are 78 harbours between Kehlheim and the Black Sea. Today, ships can navigate 87 percent of the waterway's length, meaning Danube River cruises can sail from the North Sea to the Black Sea. The Main-Danube Canal, which got its major start in the 18th century, was completed in 1992 when the final piece was put in place for the 106 mile, 16-lock waterway.
Most itineraries start and end in Passau. Munich is less than two hours from Passau, and the majority of cruise lines include transfers. It is also worth considering adding a couple of extra nights in Munich, the capital of Bavaria and famous for its beer gardens.