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Rachelsee

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  • Sebastian Kowalke

    As one of the few karse lakes in the Bavarian Forest, the Rachelsee was excavated by glacier movements during the last ice age. When the glaciers finally retreated, the hollow filled with melt water and formed this picturesque sight.

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    • August 16, 2018

  • Jonny

    The Rachelsee is one of three Karseen of the Bavarian forest. It is located in the extreme north of the municipality of Sankt Oswald-Riedlhütte. On the Czech side of this vast forest area there are another five karst lakes in Šumava. The lakes and the surrounding area were declared a nature reserve in 1918.

    Rachelsee
    Rachelsee, top view.JPG
    Geographical location
    in the Bavarian Forest
    outflow
    Seebach → Ilz
    dates
    coordinates
    48 ° 58 '31 "N, 13 ° 24' 7" E
    Rachel Lake (Bavaria)
    Rachelsee
    Altitude above sea level
    1070.5 m
    area
    5.7 ha
    length
    350 m
    width
    205 m
    volume
    180,000 m³
    Maximum depth
    13.2 m
    Middle deep
    3.2 m
    PH value
    5.0
    catchment area
    58 ha
    particularities

    no fish or amphibians

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    • May 25, 2018

  • Peter

    Take a little more time. Less than 3 hours almost impossible.

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    • November 22, 2015

  • 🚵 der_wandernde_biker 🗻

    A beautifully situated idyllic lake.
    Perfect for a break

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    • January 27, 2020

  • Jonny

    The Rachelsee is one of three karseen in the Bavarian Forest. It is located in the far north of the municipality of Sankt Oswald-Riedlhütte. On the Czech side of this extensive forest area there are another five karse lakes in the Bohemian Forest. The lakes and the surrounding area were declared a nature reserve in 1918.

    Rachelsee
    Rachelsee, top view.JPG
    Geographical location
    in the Bavarian Forest
    Drain
    Seebach → Ilz
    Data
    Coordinates
    48 ° 58 ′ 31 ″ N, 13 ° 24 ′ 7 ″ E
    Rachelsee (Bavaria)
    Rachelsee
    Altitude above sea level
    1070.5 m
    surface
    5.7 ha
    length
    350 m
    width
    205 m
    volume
    180,000 m³
    Maximum depth
    13.2 m
    Middle deep
    3.2 m
    PH value
    5.0
    Catchment area
    58 ha
    particularities

    no fish or amphibians

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    • May 25, 2018

  • Daniel

    The Rachelsee in the Bavarian Forest National Park

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    • June 23, 2015

  • Turamber

    Beautiful for a short stay. Little tourists despite high season

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    • August 9, 2019

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    Rachelsee - a relic of the ice age
    The Rachelsee at the foot of the Großer Rachel is the quietest Bayerwaldsee and can only be reached on footpaths. Like the Great Arbersee, it is overlooked by a steep lake wall.
    bayerischer-wald.de/Media/Attractions/Rachelsee-ein-Relikt-der-Eiszeit

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    • September 1, 2019

  • cabi

    further information at
    de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachelsee

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    • December 5, 2019

  • 🚵 der_wandernde_biker 🗻

    Very nice lake, perfect for a break

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    • January 27, 2020

  • Uli

    Wild forest nature at the foot of the Rachel.
    The highlight is the Rachelsee as the only natural lake in the national park.

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    • April 30, 2020

  • Jay

    Here you can perfectly take the first little break and strengthen yourself for the climb to the Rachel Chapel!

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    • May 31, 2020

  • Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald

    The Rachel Glacier formed a depression in the ice age. Its terminal moraine prevented water from flowing out. The accumulated melt water thus formed a lake up to 13.5 meters deep and 5.7 hectares in size. Today the only natural lake in the national park is fed by the Seebach, which rises in the Rachelsee wall. From the shore of the glacier lake you can not only look at the Rachel summit, but also discover the Rachel chapel on the slope.

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    • June 18, 2020

  • Dieter G.

    Always a place of rest.

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    • July 4, 2019

  • Andi

    Perfect for a short break.

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    • September 25, 2019

  • Peter_H_65 🐻

    The Rachelsee at the foot of the Großer Rachel is the quietest Bayerwaldsee and can only be reached on footpaths. Like the Great Arbersee, it is overlooked by a steep lake wall.
    The lake emerged as an ice age karsee after the meltwater of the melted Rachel glacier was dammed up by a wall of moraine.
    - A depth of 13.5 m is hidden under the dark brown colored water surface.
    - The 5.7 ha lake is poor in aquatic animals and fish due to its lack of lime salts and soil acidification.
    - A primeval forest has formed around the lake, since since the establishment of the nature reserve no tree has been felled anymore, which can only be crossed on a primeval forest educational trail.

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    • September 25, 2019

  • cabi

    beautiful lake to stay

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    • November 1, 2019

  • Tibor

    Nice view of the lake and Rachel

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    • November 30, 2019

  • ampfortas

    An ideal place for a rest

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    • December 15, 2019

  • ChrisKa

    Ideal spot to take a break

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    • May 25, 2020

  • Armin Bock©️

    Nice, quiet place to linger, pause and also have a snack before heading up to the Great Rachel.

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    • June 14, 2020

  • Armin Bock©️

    Beautiful place of rest and relaxation. Make a snack and relax before going up to Big Rachel.

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    • June 14, 2020

  • Christoph

    Very nice to pause and then climb up to the big Rachel

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    • June 28, 2020

  • Christoph

    Ideal for a short break before ascending

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    • June 28, 2020


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