One of the things that makes Munich so popular is its proximity to the lakes, in German a lake is called a ‘See’.

Starnberger and Tegernsee

The Starnberger See and Tegernsee are to the south and are natural glacial lakes. There are other small ones around like the Steinsee too. Both Starnberger and Tegernsee have bathing areas for the public usually signposted with ‘Erholungsgebiet’ which translates roughly as recovery / relaxation area.



To the north just below the most northern tip of the A99, the ring motorway surrounding Munich is the Feringasee. This is a man made lake designed for bathing, so it has lots of lakeside sunbathing space, is shallow and it also has a pub (Gasthof) on its banks. In the Summer it warms up quickly and in the winter it freezes over quickly making it a good choice to go ice skating of curling. It also has plenty of parking space, plus good access for wheelchairs.

Frozen Feringasee in Winter

On Foot

On foot

The centre of Munich covers quite a small area and you could cover it all on foot if you wanted to. The city is very green, clean and has plenty of pedestrian zones. In the inner city you’ll find hidden away streets and alleys to explore too.

TIP: Munich has and extensive cycle path system, so get into the habit of looking both ways when crossing pavements with cycle paths too. Cyclists go quickly and are used to pedestrians staying out of there way.

You could also join one of the walking tours that operate, seeing and learning a bit about Munich at the same time. Here are come of the operators:

Munich Walk Tours in English

Tel: 0049 (0) 171-274-0224

M-Unique Walking Tours (English)

Tel: 0049 (0) 89 255-43-988 or 987

Lake Starnberg

Starnberg, at the northern end of Lake Starnberg is at the heart of the Five Lakes district and the lake itself is a favourite spot for windsurfers, and boaters. There are numerous places to rent boats just west of the train station. If you want to go swimming head to Münsing on the Eastern side which has a public area including toilets, and a guest house.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein was built from 1868 by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and is probably the best known castle in the world. It is a mixture of styles and the initial blueprint was penned by a theatre designer rather than an architect.

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle was built 2000m above the valley floor and its centre piece became the lavish Sängersaal (Minstrel’s Hall) where Ludwig could indulge in his obsession with Wagner and medieval knights. Rather madly, for all the money spent on it, when it was finished in 1886 the first sky scrapers in America were being built.