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The most beautiful swimming lakes in Bavaria

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The most beautiful swimming lakes in Bavaria

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When the hot summer heat takes over Bavaria—when the air starts to stand still and the asphalt starts to melt—there’s only one thing to do: Grab your swimwear, hop on your bike and head out to the countryside, right into the cool, fresh water. Bring a friend and a frisbee for the perfect combination.

Here are the komoot community's favorite lakes in Bavaria. Discover enchanting pearls surrounded by mountains with crystal clear water and the most beautiful lakes just outside the gates of the big Bavarian cities, which take you right into the middle of nature—so you can easily surf the next heatwave.

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    Kochelsee

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The Kochelsee impresses with its beautiful mountain scenery and the wooded shores and is thus a dream for all cyclists who want to be close to nature. In summer, the lake is a great place to rest, as there are four swimming areas where you can refresh yourself on hot days in the cool waters.

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    Walchensee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Even King Ludwig II fell into the charm of this area and had a hut built on his favorite mountain, the Herzogstand. Today you reach the summit comfortably with the Herzogstandbahn.

    The Walchensee also makes the hearts of water sports enthusiasts and anglers beat faster: swimming, sailing, surfing, diving, fishing and boat trips are announced here.

    As a true cycling and hiking paradise, the Zwei-Seen-Land also offers a variety of exciting destinations with tours in many levels of difficulty.

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    Baggersee Ingolstadt

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The quarry pond in Ingolstadt is located about 1.5 km southwest of Ingolstadt's old town. With an area of around 50 hectares, it is the largest lake in Ingolstadt, followed by the Auwaldsee. The lake created by gravel mining is used for local recreation.

    Source:
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    Seebad Murnau am Staffelsee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    In the Murnau seaside resort you can relax on a spacious lawn or relax in one of the deckchairs on the beach. The beach volleyball field provides action on land and in the water you can let off steam on the diving board and raft.

    A little tip: Entry to the lido is free from 5 p.m. A visit at such a late hour is not only worthwhile, but also because you can watch the romantic sunset at the lake later.

    The seaside resort is open every day from April to September. Admission for adults costs 4 euros and for teenagers 1 euro. Children under 8 years do not pay admission.

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    Altmühlsee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Altmühlsee is a real highlight, both for cyclists and for water sports enthusiasts. There is a nice bike path around the lake around, also invites the lake for swimming, sailing or surfing.

    In the northern part of the lake is the bird island, which is one of the most important protected areas for migratory birds in Bavaria. A visit to the bird island with its lookout tower is definitely worth it. But the bike has to be parked, as you can only explore the island on foot. You reach the island via a wooden pier.

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    Am Klausensee

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Approximately 3 km south of Schwandorf lies this turquoise lake in a former gravel pit. If you prefer sandy beach and large lawn, both can be found together with a demarcated non-swimmers area in the natural pool on the northern shore against admission (3 euros adults, 2 euros children).

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    In summer, the Großer Alpsee invites you for a swim. Along the lake you will find countless small bays, where you can relax and jump into the water. Larger lawns, beaches and bathing jetties are also available on the lake. Even nudist friends will find a lawn between Bühl and Trieblings, where they can relax.

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    Guggenberger See

    Bike Touring Highlight

    At the "Guggi" you can swim great in summer. An excursion by bike is especially worthwhile on warm days. You can jump into the water at all designated bathing areas and refresh yourself. On the eastern shore of Lake Guggenberg there is also a beach with a bathing supervision and a kiosk.

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    Mandichosee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Today there was a great autumn mood at Lake Mandicho.

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    Forggensee

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Forggensee, also memory Roßhaupten, is a run by the Lech reservoir near Füssen in Königswinkel in the Bavarian Allgäu. The lake is with 15.2 km ² the fifth largest lake in Bavaria and the largest reservoir in Germany. It is located in the district Ostallgäu, while two-thirds in the municipality of Schwangau. Other neighboring communities are Füssen, Halblech, vineyards on Forggensee and Roßhaupten. The lake got its name from the former, flooded hamlet Forggen. Wikipedia

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    Ammersee

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The Ammersee - Bavaria's third largest lake - is a popular bathing and recreational destination, especially from the Munich catchment area. The lake offers numerous recreational opportunities, such as swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, shipping, hiking and mountain biking - there is something for every taste.

    The nature and its enormous biodiversity around the Ammersee are preserved by the designated Ramsar protected area with its four nature protection areas. Especially bird lovers get their money's worth on the Ammersee. In the "bird sanctuary Ammersee south shore" live endangered species of birds such as the tit-tit and the Pupurherher. The "Ampermoos" in the north of the lake is considered the largest German breeding area for lapwings.

    A hike to the monastery Andechs is a pleasure, especially in the summer, because the coolness of the monastery offers a welcome change on hot days. It takes about two hours to walk from Herrsching. Easily walkable paths lead through a forest area.

    For more information: muenchen.de/freizeit/orte/130905.html

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    Großer Birkensee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Großer Birkensee with its wooded shores is beautiful. There are sunbathing lawns between the trees where you can relax comfortably. Nothing stands in the way of jumping into the water to cool off and bathe. In the Birkensee you can swim safely again, because there is no longer any risk of swimming due to exposure. However, swallowing water while swimming and bathing should be avoided. Current information can be found here: landkreis.nuernberger-land.de/index.php?id=1993.

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    There is a beautiful bathing area on Lake Starnberg. Bathing jetties make it easier to get into the water and the large sunbathing lawn invites you to relax. At the kiosk you can get delicious snacks and cool drinks.

    The outdoor pool is freely accessible.

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    Der Chiemsee bei Seebruck

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The lake Chiemsee near Seebruck offers many photo opportunities. The area also invites to take breaks, as there are some good restaurants, as well as cafes, ice cream parlors and swimming spots. Just let your mind wander in between times.

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    Großer Brombachsee

    Hiking Highlight

    The Great Brombachsee is the largest and deepest of all lakes in the Franconian Lake District: It measures a bank length of 17.5 kilometers and a water depth of 32.5 meters. The flooding was completed in 2000. The Große Brombachsee, Kleine Brombachsee and the Igelsbachsee are separated from each other by accessible and accessible dams.

    A fantastic and diverse local recreation area has emerged here. The five leisure regions offer everything your heart desires from beach volleyball to beer gardens, playgrounds and sandy beaches with wonderful swimming opportunities to sailing schools ...

    In addition, there are separate bike and footpaths around the lakes. The asphalting of the bike paths is continued year after year, so that at some point the circular route around the lake should be completely passable with inliners.

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