33 lakes for sunny weekends

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Summer, sun, sunlight all day – could there be better conditions for going on an adventure and jumping in a lake? And what’s better than packing the whole family onto bikes over the German Father’s Day weekend and heading into the outdoors? Nothing, of course. But where should you go?

With so many lakes, it’s tough to know which ones are the best for some summer exploration and which ones offer the most activities for the family. Which are the nicest and what exactly awaits you at each? We’ve picked some of the nicest lakes from all of Germany’s federal states: from small to big, shallow to deep, crystal clear to deep green; natural mountain lakes to volcano craters to quarry ponds – we’ve got them all. As well as everything else you need to be happy and prepared for the upcoming long weekend.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Bayern – Walchensee

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nice, beautiful, Walchensee. Here in Bavaria you will find one of the largest alpine lakes in Germany. Turquoise-green, surrounded by wooded mountains, a true natural spectacle. The water here is up to 190 meters deep and, seen from a geological point of view, the lake is also one of the oldest waters in Germany. As befits a mountain lake, the water here is so fresh that you can drink it without hesitation. Around the water are natural pebble beaches, shallow riparian zones and quiet moorings. Even surfers and sailors use the wind blowing over the lake in summer. And many wrecks in the depth and a visibility of up to 40 meters attract many divers. Those who are not in the mood for water can hike around the lake and climb the adjoining peaks.

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    With a size of 28 km², the Great Plön Lake is the largest body of water in the Holstein Lake District and one of the ten largest lakes in Germany. It is fed by the Schwentine and offers endless recreational opportunities for holidaymakers in Holstein Switzerland. The unique landscape of the Holstein Switzerland Nature Park, which completely surrounds the Großer Plöner See, invites to leisurely walks or exciting bike rides along the lakeshore.
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    malente-tourismus.de/holsteinische-schweiz/holsteiner-seenplatte/grosser-ploener-see

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    Hamburg - Hohendeicher See

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Not created by nature, but at least as beautiful, the bathing lake offers as a real recreational oasis. The large water offers camping and overnight accommodation in the east and surfers in the west. Along the lake you can also great hiking and cycling. After the tour you relax on the extensive sandy beach in the south of the lake. This is also perfect for families and children, depending on the section of the beach, the water runs very flat. In addition to bathers, divers, sailors, stand-up paddlers and windsurfers can be found here. There is always something going on here.

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    Bremen – Werdersee

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    The Werdersee convinces with its 54 hectares and its excellent water quality almost every athlete. Centrally located, it attracts runners, walkers, swimmers and other athletes. Since it is just good that the lake is monitored by the DLRG. In the coarse-grained sandy beach-same bay there is even a private area for non-swimmers, great for families. The lake, which is actually not a lake but a separate arm of the river, offers a large lawn with shady trees. If you prefer something more active, you can walk along the dike boardwalk, skate or cycle, or go rowing or canoeing. Bathers and water sports never get in each other's way. On the lake there are also dining facilities but if you prefer to take over, then you can also use one of the adjacent barbecue areas.

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    Zwischenahner Meer

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    The diverse fauna and flora at the "Pearl of the Ammerland" is absolutely remarkable. The 5.5 km² lake is home to water feathers, beach warblers, cattails, pond roses, kingfishers, gray herons, osprey and many other species. In addition to bathers, who frolick, especially in the spa gardens Dreibergen and Rostrup, the Zwischenahner sea is also a very popular sailing and windsurfing waters.

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    Steinhuder Meer

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    The largest lake in the northwest of Germany is at only 2.9 meters deep, probably one of the flattest. Most of the time, the water depth is less than 1.50 meters. Here you can practice all kinds of sports on and around the lake in addition to refreshing bathing. Hiking and cycling, climbing on lookout towers and exploring the area, experiencing species-rich moorland up close or prefer rowing, fishing, surfing or pedal boating on the water. Possibilities without end.

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    A day trip by bike around the lake or rather just to one of the bathing spots on the water. The Kummerower See is the fourth largest lake in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is more than beautiful in the midst of deep green meadows and fields. In the distance you can admire the mountains of Mecklenburg Switzerland and if you do not want to go swimming, just get in and enjoy the lake from the boat.

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    Brandenburg - Großer Stechlinsee

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    One of the clearest lakes ever. Here you can look down to 11 meters and see the underwater world. The Great Stechlinsee convinces above all by its shallow beaches, which are very family friendly. Due to the clear water, it is also very popular with divers. If you like to hike, you will appreciate the paths around the path, as well as great nature trails for young and old.

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    One side is home to a nature reserve, the other all the swimming. Not far from Neumünster offers the Einfelder Dorfbucht beach sections with lawns are very popular because of the soft sand and clear water. The beach volleyball courts also provide a lot of fun. On the southern side of the lake there are boathouses and rudders and sailboats frolic. If you feel like it, you can walk around the lake on a magnificent eight-kilometer circular walk before plunging into the cool water. If you're here at the right time, the annual dragon boat race will inspire you.

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    The second largest inland water of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern convinces above all by its fauna and flora. On and around the 61.54 km ² large waters you can find white-tailed eagles, ospreys, perch, rainbow trout, zander, eels, bream and many other animals. Huge water lily fields dive the shore area into a magnificent sea of ​​flowers. The lake offers all around bathing facilities and a large leisure offer. Yes, even if you want to walk over water, this is where this miracle becomes reality. Just ask in Gneven for the "Mecklenburger Schwimmschuhen".

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    Hannover – Maschsee

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    In the middle of the city and yet the perfect recreation area. The Maschsee invites you for swimming, water sports or leisurely strolling, cycling, inline skating or running. The artificially created, 80 hectares of water and its long beautiful promenade attract visitors from all over. You can also rent pedal boats or rowboats or learn how to sail. On the south bank of the Maschsee there is also a bathing beach for swimming. There is a lot to do here. One day is not enough.

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    Brandenburg - Beetzsee

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    West of Brandenburg you will find this bathing lake, which is underlined in four basins and only 9 meters deep. In Beetzsee sailors, anglers and swimmers alike enjoy the clear fresh water. Even water sports and rowers can be found here. Since there is also a regatta course, there are numerous sporting events held here every year. A great lake for everyone.

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    Sachsen-Anhalt - Neustädter See

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    Crystal-clear water, green lawns with large trees and a gently sloping sandy beach make the Neustädter See one of the most beautiful bathing waters near Magdeburg. Perfect for families and for friends of free body culture, there is a separate guarded nudist stand section. But here you can not just lie around in the sun and cool yourself down in the water. There are beach volleyball and playgrounds as well as a waterski and wakeboardl lift. Fun and games all along the line.

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    Sachsen-Anhalt - Löderburger See

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    Here there is not only a lake but also a water park. Above all, the approximately 400-meter long sandy beach, which offers plenty of space in the sun and shady trees, is a true gem of relaxation. The children's pool and the giant slide make the lake particularly attractive for families, where beach chairs and beach chairs are also available. Pure holiday feeling.

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    Lippesee

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    The over 100 hectare reservoir is the recreation area par excellence. Numerous lawns and a beach on the north shore make the lake a popular bathing water. But the Lippesee has much more to offer. A nice children's playground and mini golf courses make for a nice change. If you prefer to travel on the water, you can pedal or surf. On the nearby Nesthauser lake you can even try water skiing.

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    In the middle of the city area of ​​Lünen near Düsseldorf, this bathing lake with a size of just 300 x 200 meters fits perfectly into its surroundings. In the past the area was home to the Landesgartenschau Lünen, today there is a lake with legend and writing 5,000 m² sandy beach and a green lawn with large trees. The entertainment of smaller bathers is the "play park Kreikenhof" with its slides, sandboxes and logs to romp and have fun.

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    Otto-Maigler-See

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    Thanks to the mining, because so this 50-acre swimming lake was created. An opencast mining hole that runs full of water today forms an absolutely enchanting lake with fantastic fauna and flora. There are a variety of duck species such as cane, black-headed, tufted duck and bladder claws. A large beach offers plenty of space to relax and water sports enthusiasts can windsurf and canoe.

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    Hessen - Stockelache

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    The natural lake Stockelache is perfect for the whole family. Here there is a large green lawn, a beautiful sandy beach and exciting water slides. There is also a non-swimmer area, a bathing island, water fountains, beach volleyball fields, an adventure playground and pedal boat rental. With its ten hectares, it offers all water sports fans plenty of room to let off steam.

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    Hessen - Langener Waldsee

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    The largest lake in the Rhine-Main region, with its 58 hectares, is only 15 km south of Frankfurt. 900 meters of sandy beach offer plenty of space for swimmers and surfers. Here is also very much like camping and fishing. The lake has opened its doors to bathers around May and September.

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    Hessen - Dutenhofener See

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Not far from Wetzlar and Gießen there is a wonderful recreational area for young and old. 900 m2 of beach and 36 acres of water surface offer plenty of space to sunbathe and have fun. Volleyball fields and playground, stand-up paddling and paddle boat hire make things attractive for the whole family. Around the lake, it will also cycle and wander excellently, after which a refreshment in the cold water feels even better.

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    Sachsen – Talsperre Malter

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    Bathing fun for the whole family. Adjacent to the beautiful lake is namely a water park, which provides a lot of variety. Water slides and co are waiting for the kids while the adults relax and enjoy the views of the foothills of the Eastern Ore Mountains. In addition, rowing boats are lent at the lake. If you want to stay longer, you can stay at the campsite right away. Boredom does not come here anyway.

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    Sachsen - Talsperre Pöhl

    Bike Touring Highlight

    It is not without reason that the dam is one of the most beautiful bathing lakes in Saxony. High water quality and countless recreational opportunities attract visitors to the recreational area of ​​a special kind. Water sports enthusiasts, hikers, and connoisseurs are all in the right place here. The dam is located in the Vogtland of Switzerland and offers corresponding panoramas and views. Who likes can camp here and stay a little longer.

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    Rheinland-Pfalz - Pulvermaar

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    Millions of years ago, a volcanic steam explosion blew a funnel trough into the ground. Today, the hole is filled with water and forms with 72 meters to the Bodensee and the Voralpenseen the deepest naturally formed waters of Germany. The Pulvermaar is popular among old and young and offers bathing facilities as well as a boat rental. A very special and, due to its depth and size, refreshing waters.

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    Schluchsee

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    The reservoir is located in Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg. It is one of the largest waters in the Black Forest and lies at an altitude of about 1000 meters. You can be super on all sides of the water and there are numerous opportunities to spread your towel. The lake has an extremely high water quality and is especially popular with anglers, divers, surfers and sailors. Children and young people will also enjoy the adjacent outdoor pool with giant slide, lazy river and children's playground.

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