10 Most Beautiful Lakes In Germany

10 Most Beautiful Lakes In Germany

How about a holiday to the land of a thousand lakes? Not far from Munich and away from the crowded touristic areas. This beautiful city has much more to discover. Most of these 10 most beautiful lakes are not far from Munich for a day trip. Germany is blessed with wonderful nature and landscapes. Apart from strolling in the city ensure to visit one of these beautiful lakes during your trip. There are many activities like water sports, Windsurfing, sailing, barbecue, boating, kayaking and so on. Let’s check out a few of the most spectacular lakes you can also explore this summer.

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The most beautiful lakes near Munich you need to visit


Lake Tegernsee is around 50 km south of Munich in the Bavarian Alps. A short leisure weekend trip is worthwhile. Tegernsee is surrounded by the Bavarian Alps. For hikers, this is the best place to hike. The Wallberg in Rottach-Egern is one of the most popular hiking destinations. From the above, you will see a breathtaking view of the entire valley. The Sibli waterfall is one of the scenic beauties on Lake Tegernsee. At lake Tegernsee, there are many opportunities for leisure activities.

In summer, people come for a swim, sail or cycle around Tegernsee, do water sports. In winter, the lake often freezes, ice skating on the Tegernsee are possible. It takes approximately 48 minutes by car and 1 hour 11 minutes from Munich Hbf station.


Chiemsee is one of the largest lakes in Bavaria and exceptionally beautiful and you can take a day trip during your vacation in Munich. You could stay the night, there are several resorts around the lake. There are three main islands on the lake. Herreninsel the largest also has a palace built by King Ludwig II in 1878. The other two islands are Frauenchiemsee and Krautinsel.

The scenic beauty of the lake and the mountains is breathtaking and picturesque landscape brings you immense joy. The place offers both water winter sports. there is a lot of leisure activities swimming and bathing or sailing, boating, cycling or hiking. Hop on the train from Munich Hbf to Prien am Chiemsee. It will take you approximately 1hour 6 minutes.


Walchensee is one of the deepest largest alpine lakes in Germany. What you can do here hike or take a cable-car ride. There are water sports like swimming, scuba diving and windsurfing. There are a few things to do in the winter. You could go hiking and cross country skiing in and around the mountains. If you are hiking you can head to the nearby Mittenwald trail and enjoy the incredible view. Hop on the train from Munich Hbf to Walchensee. It is approximately 2 hours. By car is 1 hour 16 minutes.

Bodensee-lake Constance

Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) is the longest lake that borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. There are plenty of lakeside beaches. You can stroll around the island of Mainau. It is the largest lake in Lake Bodensee(Lake Constance.

Go on a boat trip, sailing windsurfing hiking in the mountains, cycling. You could also visit the UNESCO World Heritage. From Munich Hbf to Wasserburg Bodensee is approximately 3 hours 50 minutes. By car is approximately 2 hours 11 minutes.

Starnberg See

Lake Starnberg see is the most beautiful lake in Munich. It is the closest and easiest way to get there. Around the warm sunny days, it’s nice to relax and spend your afternoon by the lake. In the summertime, you can rent a boat. Enjoy the calmness of the water and the beautiful nature. Just 25 km from the city centre. By S-Bahn, from Marienplatz station will take you approximately 35 minutes.


Simssee is only 15 minutes away from Chiemsee. The lake is embedded in an idyllic hilly landscape. Simssee offers peace and relaxation amid nature. The paths around the Simssee run in a beautiful landscape in the foothills of the Alps and invite you to go hiking. In summer there are opportunities to swim at various bathing spots. Sailors will find their happiness here just like a romantic rower. You can indulge in culinary delights all around the lake.


Riemersee is in the east of Munich. Just 30 minutes away from Marienplatz. Riemer Park was created on the occasion of the 2005 Federal Garden Show. The flat pebble beach offers ideal conditions for sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts. The water is shallow and clear. There are three volleyball fields and playgrounds. It is popular for local families and is surrounded by a sprawling park. Hop on to S-Bahn from Marienplatz station.


Riemersee is in the east of Munich. Just 30 minutes away from Marienplatz. Riemer Park was created on the occasion of the 2005 Federal Garden Show. The flat pebble beach offers ideal conditions for sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts. The water is shallow and clear. There are three volleyball fields and playgrounds. It is popular for local families and is surrounded by a sprawling park. Hop on to S-Bahn from Marienplatz station.

The Königssee

Purely Serene, calm and Peaceful. Truly a Bliss for the eyes and for all Nature lovers. Emerald green and crystal clear water. The Königssee lies in the heart of the Berchtesgaden National Park. You can easily spend an entire day here as there is so much to do. From hiking the nearby mountains, chasing waterfalls to taking the popular electric boat ride to Salat or Obersee. Many mountaineers and hikers hikes to the most popular pilgrimage church of St. Bartholomä.

The lake is not really suitable for swimming due to the low water temperature, but a boat trip is all the more beautiful. To reach the closest town Berchtesgaden it takes 3 hours by train from Munich.

From Berchtesgaden, you’ll need to get Schoenau am Königssee which is another 6 km. If you have more time for a small city trip, then you should definitely go to beautiful Salzburg. The Austrian city is only 40 kilometres away from the Königssee.

Read: An Extensive Guide In Königsee

Lake Schliersee

Schliersee is a natural lake in Upper Bavaria in the Bavarian Alps. Just 50km away from Munich. Schliersee is the perfect place to stay for families and couples. Lake Schliersee is not only an ideal place for swimming and diving but also sailboarders, kayakers, stand up paddlers enjoy spending time in the water. There are plenty of watersports to try while you are in Schliersee. Especially in the summer is really nice to explore the sea from a paddleboat, mountain hike, bike rides, paragliding. The best part is if you’d like to cool off with German Beer can do so in the Island. There are plenty of beer gardens. Lake Schliersee offers alpine adventure, a stunning lake and waterfalls, ruined castles. In winter you can ski or snowboard, go ice skating on lake Schliersee. One can spend the whole day here and enjoy the picturesque serene surroundings. You can travel to Schliersee by car or by train. If you choose to arrive by car, the best way to get to Schliersee is to drive on the A 8. By train, you can take the Bayerische Oberlandbahn (BOB) at the central train station in Munich and get off at the main station in Schliersee. When hiking around the Schliersee you can look forward to great experiences in the beautiful nature. Along the way, you will find small cosy huts, lush green trees, meadows

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Ally Travels
September 25, 2020 9:22 pm

Awesome list! I can’t wait to check these lakes out the next time I’m in Germany!

David Arndt
David Arndt
September 26, 2020 2:25 am

I have been to Germany. But, I didn’t see a lot of lakes. Some of these would be nice to see.

October 23, 2020 1:35 pm

I wish I could travel abroad right now, I’d visit these beautiful lakes! I miss traveling, even though I’ve never been abroad.

November 23, 2020 11:38 pm

What a great list. I’ve never heard of any of these places before. This tells me that I have to travel and discover Germany! These lakes are stunning.

Diana Lesko
December 19, 2020 4:02 pm

You have collected some of the most beautiful places close to Munich. 🙂 Good job!

December 19, 2020 4:13 pm

I have only visited Germany in winter so it’s jolting for me to see these pretty lakes in the sunshine! I’d love a chance to visit these German lakes soon.

December 19, 2020 4:14 pm

I haven’t heard of these lakes before! They all look so pretty too. I can’t wait to visit them in the near future.

December 19, 2020 4:43 pm

WOW your photos are stunning! I’ve never been to Germany but it’s high on my list of places to visit.
Thanks for sharing!

December 19, 2020 5:01 pm

These lakes are all so beautiful! I am from Germany and grew up at Lake Constance, paradise on earth 🙂

December 19, 2020 7:20 pm

These lakes are SO DREAMY!

December 19, 2020 7:30 pm

These all looks beautiful, I had no idea there were so many nature escapes near Munich. I’d especially like to visit Königssee.