Chiemgau Lakes

There are around 50 lakes in the Chiemgau region in Bavaria (Germany).

The Lake Chiemsee

The Chiemsee at the foot of the Bavarian Alpine foothills is with approximately 80 square kilometers the largest lake in Bavaria and is therefore also called "Bavarian Sea". There is an incredible number of activities, places, and excursions that can be tackled around the lake.

You can rent bikes and drive around the Chiemsee (about 60 km). Directly at the Chiemsee, there is also a climbing park and the possibility to stand up paddling. The Chiemsee is a true sailing paradise. Around the Chiemsee, there are numerous hiking trails, mountain peaks, and pastures. The lakeshore is almost undeveloped with countless opportunities for swimming. In Prien, located directly on lake Chiemsee, there is a beautiful indoor pool with an outdoor area. The outdoor pool has a great view of Herrenchiemsee Castle. In winter or in cold weather, the water is heated. More about Lake Chiemsee can be found in our newsletter-entry "Day Trip to the Lake Chiemsee".

The Islands Herreninsel und Fraueninsel in the Chiemsee

The two islands, the Herreninsel with the castle Herrenchiemsee and Fraueninsel with the monastery and the Herb garden are well worth seeing. The islands can be reached by boat or by ferry. The starting point for many excursions around and on the Chiemsee is Prien. The trip to Herreninsel from Prien takes about 30 - 45 minutes and is a fantastic experience. There is the West Island Tour, the East Island Tour and the Great Chiemsee Tour. The ships run throughout the year: according to the summer timetable and according to the winter timetable (the timetables can be found here). The island Herreninsel is almost uninhabited, on the Fraueninsel live around 250 islanders, so you have many opportunities to overnight on the island or to eat deliciously in one of the numerous restaurants. The monastery area covers about one-third of the total area. Benedictine nuns live in the convent on the Fraueninsel. Together with about 50 employees, they run a monastery, a monastery shop, a herb garden, and a flower garden. The Benedictine abbey Frauenwörth in the Chiemsee was traditionally founded around the year 772. The monastery Frauenwörth itself cannot be visited, only the monastery church (the Marienmünster), the Carolingian gate hall from the 9th century, the chapel and the cemetery, on which the well-known sculptors, painters, writers, professors and musicians rest.

The circular walk around the Fraueninsel is about 1.5 kilometers long and lasts between half an hour or - with many stops - three hours.

The Waginger Lake

The Waginger lake in "Small Canada" between Ruhpolding and Reit im Winkl is in the so-called Three-See area. Lake Waginger is the warmest lake in Upper Bavaria. Already in May, the water in the lake warms to about 20 degrees, in midsummer it can be up to 27 degrees. Lake Waginger is one of the most popular bathing lakes in the Chiemgau. In Waging alone, there are three beach resorts to choose from, and there are further baths in Kühnhausen and Gut Horn. On the beach Salzachinsel snow-white, sandy beach was heaped up and real palm trees set up. There is also a large dog beach here.

Fishing in the Waginger Lake

Due to the rapid warming of the lake due to its small depth of only 27 meters, Lake Waginger is a paradise for anglers. Fish such as roach, rudd, carp, tench, bream, arbor and aitole, zander, eel, lake trout, pike and catfish can be caught here. Fishing at Lake Waginger is allowed from 1 May to 31 October.

The lake Waginger lies in a nature reserve between Chiemgauer and Berchtesgaden Alps and relates to the Tachinger Lake.

The Tachinger Lake

The Tachinger lake is in the east of the Chiemgau. The natural beach baths in Taching am See and Tengling with their fantastic mountain panorama are the insider tips among the outdoor pools. Various cycling and theme trails invite you to slow down. The 25 kilometres long circular path takes you around the Waginger lake and Tachinger lake. You can also just cycle around Tachinger lake by driving over the pier near Tettenhausen.

At the Tachinger lake you can rent stand-up paddles and (electric) boats.

Around the Tachinger lake are located next to the famous Waginger lake numerous other lakes, e.g. lake Fridolfinger in the Upper Bavarian district of Traunstein (about 7 km), Weidsee near Petting (about 9 km), the bog lake Abtsdorfer See, also called Haarsee (about 15 km).

The Lake Tuettensee

The Tüttensee is in a dead ice kettle between Grabenstätt and Vachendorf. The small bog lake is secluded in a landscape conservation area - pure nature enjoyment. Walk 1.75 kilometers or ride on a well-developed bike path around the lake. Directly on the lake is the bathing place with two swimming islands in the middle of the lake.

The Lake Taubensee

The Taubensee (engl. “Pigeon Lake”) in the Chiemgau near Reit im Winkel or Kössen at the German-Austrian border - is called "the Pearl of the Alps" or "the Eye of the Chiemgau". Address for navigation: Birnbacher Straße 42, 83242 Reit im Winkl (free parking). From the parking lot, you can hike or ride a mountain bike over the Hutzen alp and Stoibenmöser alp to the Taubensee. While hiking again, and again, beautiful views open on Chiemsee, Hochfelln, Hochriß, Kampenwand, Hochplatte, on Sonntagshorn to the mountains on the famous lake Koenigssee. The year-round managed Taubensee hut (1165 m) is only about 10 minutes’ walk from the lake and invites after bathing and hiking for alp-snack. Approximately 30 minutes away from the hut is the Sonnwendköpfl (1279 m) with a beautiful vantage point on the Kaisergebirge and the Loferer Steinbergen mountains.

The Nature Reserve Seeoner Lakes

The Seeoner Seen nature reserve comprises seven lakes: the Griessee, the Brunnensee, the three connected lakes Seeleitensee, Mittersee and the Jägersee, as well as the Klostersee and the Bansee. The largest lakes in which one can also swim are the Griessee and the Klostersee.

The Monastery Seeon

Make a detour to the former Benedictine monastery and the former monastery church of St. Lambert. Kloster Seeon stands on the monastery island, which is connected to the mainland by a small idyllic pedestrian bridge. Important sight inside the St. Lambert church is the Seehofer Madonna (around 1430, in copy, the original is in the Bavarian National Museum in Munich). Famous monastic guests were Haydn and Mozart. The young Mozart composed two offertories specifically for Seeon Abbey. Nowadays the monastery is a hotel and a culture u. educational Center, where exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events, such as the Mozart Week, held. The 90 former monk cells are now single and double rooms, most of them overlooking the lake. The church of St. Maria zu Bräuhausen, built in 1532, can be reached in three minutes via a footbridge from the monastery.

Inzell's Lakes 

Explore Inzell's lakes: Falkensee, Zwingsee, Krottensee, and Frillensee.

The holiday region Inzell offers peace and relaxation in nature and is not far from the famous lake Chiemsee with its islands Fraueninsel and Herreninsel. But even in Inzell itself, there are enough lakes and streams to admire.

The Falkensee lies in the Weit valley at the foot of the mountain Falkenstein. Start: Hiking parking lot at the Max-Aicher-Arena. Starting at the Max Aicher Arena, Inzell's speed skating hall, you walk past the lake Zwingsee. Before returning, we recommend a side trip to the moor lake Krottensee.

The lake Frillensee is about 5 km east of the center of Inzell. From the Hotel Gastager Inzell, you can walk to the hiking car park at the Forsthaus Adlgaß or drive to the car park (about 20 minutes by bike, about 7 minutes by car). The trail along the Frillensee stream and through the forest is nice, especially if it is very warm. The mountain massif of Hochstaufen is reflected in the clear waters of the Frillensee with its bright white colour. On the north side of the mountain lake, a marsh with rare plant species has formed. However, a hiking tour around the Falkensee is possible, because an idyllic wooden bridge was built over the moor.