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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Tours & Highlights

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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 Baggersee can be great around the bike. The many trees along the way donate cool shadows in the summer and make a tour so altogether very pleasant. For resting, the lawns and swimming pools, which are distributed around the lake. Here you can not only relax in the grass, but also jump into the water and refresh yourself.

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    Seebad Murnau am Staffelsee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    In the seaside resort of Murnau you can relax on a spacious lawn or relax in one of the sun loungers on the beach. For action on land, the beach volleyball field and in the water you can let off steam on the diving platform and the raft.Small tip: From 17 clock is the entrance to the beach free. A visit at such a late hour is not only worth it, but also because you can watch the romantic sunset on the lake later.The seaside resort is open daily from April to September. Admission for adults costs 4 euros and for young people 1 euros. Children under 8 years are free of charge.

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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

    Sailing and surfing, bathing beaches and lawns, well-developed walking paths, a playground and a beach volleyball court, kiosk with toilets, adjacent riparian forests. What more do you want for a day at the lake?

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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 17.5 kilometers of shoreline and a water depth of 32.5 meters. The flooding was completed in 2000. The Great Brombachsee, Kleine Brombachsee and the Igelsbachsee are separated from each other by walkable and passable dams.

    Here a fantastic and versatile recreational area was created. The five leisure areas offer everything from beach volleyball over beer garden, playgrounds and sandy beaches with wonderful bathing possibilities to sailing schools everything your heart desires ...

    In addition, there are separate bike and footpaths around the lakes. The asphalting of the bike paths is continued year after year, so that the circuit around the lake at some point even be fully accessible with inliners.

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    Forggensee

    Road Cycling Highlight

    In the summer of 2018 the dam will be repaired! Therefore, it is unclear whether the lake is still accumulated this year !!!
    On the website of the operating company Uniper you can inform yourself about the current state: uniper.energy/de/dammprojekt-rosshaupten
    ... or via webcam: wetter.com/hd-live-webcams/deutschland/fuessen-forggensee-ludwigs-festspielhaus/5b3b4aec94810Normally, the road leads over the dam. As long as this passage is closed, the detour goes via Lechbruck. So about 20 km further!

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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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    Birkensee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Birkensee with its wooded shores is beautiful. Between the trees there are lawns where you can relax comfortably. The jump into the water for cooling and bathing is also nothing in the way. In the Birkensee you can safely swim again, because there is no risk of bathing due to stress. More information can be found here: nordbayern.de/region/badespass-mit-restrisiko-noch-immer-gift-im-birkensee-1.7538153

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    Here there is a beautiful swimming spot on Lake Starnberg. Bathing boards make it easier to get into the water and the large sunbathing lawn invites you to relax. At the kiosk you can stock up on tasty 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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