Starnberger SeeThe Starnberger See is the Bavarian capital Munich's nearest lake. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was already very popular with the Munich court. The 57-square-kilometre lake is around 20 kilometres long, five kilometres wide and up to 127 metres deep. It is bordered by moraine hills. Walkers can explore the beauty of the landscape and the various sights on the path that follows long stretches of the shore. Among the best-known towns and villages on the lake are Starnberg, Seeshaupt, Bernried, Tutzing and Feldafing with Rose Island and the park designed by Peter Joseph Lenné.
Pleasure boats circumnavigate Lake Starnberg on three-hour trips, stopping at little villages once visited by Ludwig II, who had a castle at nearby Berg. Many beaches have changing cabins and showers, and you can rent sailing, rowing and paddle boats from around €5 an hour. Water-skiers come here, as do cyclists: you can rent wheels and do the 50km circular route around the lake. One fine diversion is to the Museum of Fantasy at Bernried , a glass-and-steel space founded by the late painter and novelist Lothar Günther Buchheim, best known as the multi-million-selling author of "Das Boot".
Timetable of the Bavarian Lake Cruise Company (Starnberger See)
AmmerseeThe Ammersee is surrounded by wooded moraine hills. When the Föhn wind is blowing, the Alps to the south look much nearer and form a magnificent backdrop. Numerous marked hiking trails enable the visitor to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the full.
The lake is just under 50 square kilometres in area and has a circumference of over 42 kilometres. The conditions for many different water sports (sailing, boat hire, swimming etc.) are ideal.
There are also many attractive towns and villages, including Herrsching with its romantic palace, the "Kurparkschlösschen", Diessen, dominated by St Mary's Minster, Schondorf and Utting with the "Old Villa", Rodenhauser Park and Mathias and Anna-Sophie Gasteiger's House. A further main attraction is Andechs Monastery .
At Ammersee, there are also good watersports and swimming, with beaches and lidos all around the lake, and plenty of places to rent sailing, motor and rowing boats or surfboards. You can take canoeing classes or do whitewater rafting on the tributary rivers Lech and Amper.
Timetable of the Bavarian Lake Cruise Company (Ammersee)