Germany is popular for its cities but often visitors forget about its beautiful nature. We have compiled a series of beautiful lakes in Germany for you to get a car and go on a perfect road trip around Germany with stops at its best lakes! Otherwise, whether you’re in search for some activities to do like water sports or a health and wellness break, there is plenty to do at these beautiful lakes in Germany.
Eibsee is an unbelievably pretty lake with dazzling emerald green water in the rugged Zugspitze mountain region. This privately-owned lake, with its eight islands, is considered to be a hidden jewel of the Bavarian Alps. Travelers are welcome to explore the lake by boat or by foot along its hiking trails. In winter, the entire lake freezes over, transforming it into a magical winter land and a paradise for skiers.
How to get to Eibsee: By car is the best way which is about 2 hours drive from Munich. By train, you go from Munich to Freilassing on the German Austria border which is about two hours and once at Freilassing you would catch either a local train from there to Berchtesgaden (about 30 mins) and then a bus to Konigsee from the main railway station at Berchtesgaden.
The Königssee, which name literally means “King’s Lake” in German, is in Berchtesgadener Land and is absolutely gorgeous. It is the deepest, cleanest and one of the most stunning lakes in Germany. It is a crystal-clear alpine lake. There you can find panorama boat tours in electric boats to navigate over this spectacular scenery. The boats usually will make a stop at Sankt Bartholomä, a beautiful Roman Catholic pilgrimage church from the 1600s.
How to get to Königssee: By car from Munich to Königssee you’ll spend about 2 hours or by train and bus, about 3.5 hours.
The Alpsee is home of the popular castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein and Allgäu highlands. It is truly a picturesque spot in Germany. Surrounded by dark forests, the lake is a beautiful hangout perfect for families and groups of friends as it offers boating, surfing, hiking sailing and swimming in summer. Over the winter you can go skiing, snowboarding, snow hiking and ice-skating.
How to get to Alpsee: By car, it will take you around 2 hours to drive, a route of around 150KM. The best way to get from Munich to Alpsee without a car is to train which takes around 3 hours.
Bodensee – Lake Constance
Bodensee is located at one of the sunniest region in Germany, surrounded by three countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Bodensee is the biggest lake in Germany and laps the shores of the beautiful cute towns of Bregenz, Meersburg, Lindau, and the Flower Island of Mainau. Bodensee has many activities you can go for like river cruises, hiking trails, cable car rides and mountain top excursions.
How to get to Bodensee – Lake Constance: The lake is quite far from the big cities of Munich and Stuttgard. It is best to arrive from Zurich in Switzerland or if you are in Germany, you can visit this website that has all the options possible for you to arrive to Lake Constance.
Located in the Bavarian Alps, Tegernsee is a blue lake known for its lake resorts in Germany. There you can go for hiking, biking and there’s plenty more of adventure sports activities. Tegernsee is a great health and wellness region in Germany, providing loads of activities for the people of every age.
How to get to Tegernsee: Drive for 40 minutes to an 1 hour from Munich, depending of your speed. Without a car, from Munich to Tegernsee you can take the train which takes 1h 5m or alternatively, you can bus, which takes less than 2 hours but that’s quite a long trip, take the train! Once you’ve arrived at your destination by Lake Tegernsee, you won’t need to drive another inch as public transport in the region is very good.
Ammersee, known as “Peasants Lake”, is a calm lake near to Starnberg, perfect for both a chill holiday and an active one. The conditions there are perfect for many different water sports like sailing, boat hire, swimming, etc. There are numerous marked hiking trails which is not to miss. Hikers here can spread out the tour for a few days, staying overnight in any of the comfortable inns along the way.
How to get to Ammersee: Drive for 40 minutes to an 1 hour from Munich, depending of your speed from Munich or take the train line 6814 which takes 1h 6m and costs 8€ – 13€
Walchenseeone is one of the deepest largest alpine lakes in Germany. Go for a hike, take a cable-car ride and there are plenty of water sports like swimming, scuba diving and windsurfing.The place is also amazing during winter, perfect for scenic hikes and cross country skiing in and around the mountains. Go on the Mittenwald trail for a beautigul view.
How to get to Walchensee: Train from Munich Hbf to Walchensee for approximately 2 hours or it is approximately 1:15 minutes by car from Munich.