Are the excursion boats sailing on Lake Tegernsee? Is the sun shining? What is the situation at Lake Tegernsee? Is there a lot going on at the sights? Webcams are a great way to gather inspiration for your vacation. And they help you plan excursions during your vacation. Take a look at Lake Tegernsee right now and find out which time of year is best for a vacation here.  

What's going on at Lake Tegernsee?

For many connoisseurs, Lake Tegernsee is the most beautiful and popular lake in Bavaria. The fact that it is also the most expensive and that its residents include many famous contemporaries has earned it the popular nickname Lago di Bonzo. But Tegernsee residents like Philipp Lahm, Ulli Hoeneß or actor Fritz Wepper probably casually chalk this up to good-natured mockery - and point to the beauty of their surroundings, which they can enjoy every day. In fact, they look out over a wonderful panorama of lakes and mountain peaks that has attracted painters, writers and artists of all kinds to the lake for generations. The local mountain is the Wallberg at 1722 meters above sea level; it frames the lake, which is about nine square kilometers in size and six kilometers long. Its idyllic shore landscape is characterized by the alternation of forests and grassland. Because of this enchanting location, Lake Tegernsee has been one of the most popular destinations and vacation spots in the Bavarian Oberland since the early days of the "summer resort". In fact, it was the arrival of the first Bavarian royal couple in the valley that also marked the beginning of tourism. In the summer of 1815, King Max I Joseph and his wife Karoline came to Tegernsee for the first time at the invitation of their host, Baron von Drechsel. After a five-day stay, the royal couple fell in love with the picturesque Tegernsee Valley. King Max I Joseph acquired the former monastery on June 1, 1817 and converted it into his summer residence. This marked the beginning of Tegernsee's success story as a popular vacation destination for Bavaria and the rest of the republic. In Tegernsee, the parish church in Rottach-Egern and the spa facilities in Bad Wiessee. And another bonus: Lake Tegernsee is among the cleanest waters in Europe. 

The Tegernsee in summer

"Tegernsee - what a magical sound this one word holds for me. It means complete joy, falling away of all earthly heaviness and jubilant fulfillment of months of longing". Said the chamber singer Leo Slezak once and was not even bought by the tourist office. In fact, one of the most beautiful features of Lake Tegernsee is that it is freely accessible almost everywhere. Only about 50 kilometers from the gates of Munich, Alpine panoramas, crystal-clear water and numerous recreational opportunities both on and near the water await you at Lake Tegernsee. Water sports enthusiasts feel particularly at home in the so-called "Bavarian Sea": sailors and surfers can be found everywhere, and appropriate schools in Gmund, Bad Wiessee and Rottach-Egern ensure that even the inexperienced can quickly get into the swing of things. In addition, numerous excursion boats run between the villages on the lake - not only as a means of transportation, but above all as a way to view the magnificent alpine panorama of the area. Four lidos ensure that a lot of bathers can enjoy themselves in the lake at the same time. 

Other topic: Hiking! Who in Upper Bavaria gscheit If you want to go hiking, you will find over 300 kilometers of marked trails at Lake Tegernsee, from easy hiking trails to challenging mountain tours. In addition to the Wallberg, the Hirschberg at an altitude of 1686 meters is also ideal for a climb - summit happiness! It should go without saying that mountain huts serve hearty meals and one or two beers. Speaking of which: Anyone who is enthusiastic about culinary hiking tours should familiarize themselves with the so-called Pleasure dream tour Königsalm employ - the homemade cake of the Königsalm is a dream. And if you really want to know it, you should go on the panorama hiking trail: once around the Tegernsee on foot! Breathtaking views, panoramic views of the Tegernsee - to create would be 33.7 kilometers! If you don't want to do it in one day, you can simply stop for the night along the way - there is no more beautiful place to wake up the next day. 

The Tegernsee in winter

Even in winter, the recreational value of Lake Tegernsee is high, the sporting and cultural offer is great. Sometimes activities just shift from outdoors to indoors during the cold season. Good example: the Monte Mare in Tegernsee. In summer a lido, in winter an impressive sauna landscape. But before you end up here or in the wellness area of the numerous luxury hotels that have settled around Tegernsee, you should first have tried out the beautiful ski area of the Tegernsee region. From Rottach-Egern, the Spitzingsee-Tegernsee area can be reached within 10 minutes by shuttle bus, free of charge. For snowboarders interesting: the snowpark Spitzingsee is one of the best in Germany. Of course, snowshoers and cross-country skiers are also on the move at the snowy Tegernsee, numerous groomed trails ensure that the popular ski area never seems crowded. Watch out, however, for the tobogganing fun on the Wallberg, which is really exciting in principle. The toboggan ride down into the valley is great fun, but not entirely without danger: always wear your helmet! Another tip for people with a flair for good timing: at the end of January or beginning of February, balloonists gather at Lake Tegernsee for the "Montgolfiade". An outstanding visual spectacle is above all the evening balloon glow, during which the gas burners of the balloons light up the night sky with stinging flames. Finally, a cultural highlight for which one rarely finds time in the summer: How about a visit to the Olaf Gulbransson Museum? Who is that supposed to be? As a graphic artist and caricaturist, Olaf Gulbransson shaped the look of the satirical magazine Simplicissimus at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1929, he bought the 500-year-old Schererhof and lived at Tegernsee until his death. In the museum built by Sep Ruf, many of his works as well as those of other Simplicissimus artists can be seen.  

Best time to visit Tegernsee

December, January and February are suitable for the winter season - the probability of snow is high, it never gets above 2 degrees Celsius then. Most of the slopes in the ski resort Spitzingsee-Tegernsee are located between 1000 m and 1500 m above sea level. Thus, the ski area can be classified as snow-sure. The valley slope is practically always open. In summer, the months of June, July and August are considered the optimal time to travel - temperatures are usually in the 20-degree range, and an average of six hours of sunshine make hiking, visits to the open-air swimming pool or bicycle tours at Lake Tegernsee a pleasure. To the German poet and fine ironist Thomas Mann, the climate at Lake Tegernsee even seemed whimsical: "We found very good accommodation, rowed on the lake in truly miraculous weather, and after supper attended the musical rehearsal for a May festival taking place tomorrow. Not bad at all." 

Cover photo: From the Leeberg you have a wonderful view of the Tegernsee and the village of Rottach-Egern © Dietmar Denger

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