The experts from outdoor have called on their users to vote for their favourites among Germany’s lakes via online voting. The winner was Lake Waginger See in Bavaria, which offers lots of water and biking fun, especially in summer. The camping facilities at Waginger See are also impressive: 12 sites invite you to spend an active holiday here!
Outdoor enthusiasts have the choice between Strandcamping Waging, Camping Schwanenplatz, Camping Tettenhausen, Gut Horn, Seecamping Taching, Hainz am See, Camping Wagner, Camping Stadler, Camping Schneiderhof, Camping Peternhof, Camping Seebauer or nature camping on a farm.
Second and third places are taken by the Eibsee and Königssee, also in Bavaria. Which other German lakes you should head for on your next holiday can be found in the following Top 10 list.
1st place goes to the Waginger See in Upper Bavaria © alpinenature / Shutterstock.com
Lake Waginger See
Snow-white sand and exotic palm trees on the warmest bathing waters in Upper Bavaria: a touch of Caribbean feeling comes up at the Salzachinsel lido on Lake Waginger See. In addition to four other lidos, there are three boat rentals and two windsurfing schools. If you prefer to stay dry, you can cycle around the lake on a mountain bike (about 30 km).
Lake Eibsee lies 9 km southwest of Garmisch-Partenkirchen © Creative Travel Projects / Shutterstock.com
Lake Eibsee 2
9 kilometers southwest of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Eibsee lake glows turquoise green in front of the majestic Zugspitze. Two hours are enough to enjoy the almost 2.5 kilometre long and up to 850 metre wide water on the circular path along the shore (approx. 7.5 km), but many wonderful bays invite you to take extended breaks for a swim. Worthwhile destinations for tours by boat or stand-up board: the eight islands on the north side.
3rd place for Königssee, a few kilometres from Berchtesgaden © Max. T / Shutterstock.com
3rd king sea
The Bavarian fjord: Nowhere in Germany do water and land meet more dramatically than at the fjord-like cut Königssee. You approach it particularly beautifully on the Königsseer footpath (approx. 5 km) from Berchtesgaden. On the other hand, hikers can enjoy magnificent views from the Rinnkendlsteig (approx. 5-6 hours, 825 m), which winds up to the Kührointhütte on the eastern slopes of the Kleiner Watzmann.
Lake Walchensee is one of the deepest and also one of the largest alpine lakes in Germany © Nuria Kreuser / Shutterstock.com
In the south of the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district, Walchensee nestles between wooded mountains. Its almost 28 kilometres long, almost undeveloped shore is lined with sunbathing lawns, gravel banks and even a sandy beach. Many places can only be discovered on foot or by bike – such as the peninsula of Zwergern with a magnificent view of the Herzogstand (1731 m), the destination of a demanding summit tour (6.5 hours, 1270 m).
Lake Gerold is one of the most beautiful moorland lakes in the Alps © Fabian Zocher / Shutterstock.com
At Krün in the Werdenfelsener Land region, one of the most beautiful moor lakes in the Alps is hidden behind a small forest: the Geroldsee, framed by flower meadows. To bathe here with a view of Wetterstein, many people get on their bikes. Hikers start, for example, in Klais and, on an easy three-hour round tour, visit the Tenn-, Grub- and Barmsee lakes – the latter is the warmest with water temperatures of up to 26 degrees Celsius.
The Mecklenburg Lake District ends up in 6th place among the most popular lakes in Germany © Ina Meer Sommer / Shutterstock.com
6. Mecklenburg Lake District
With well over 1000 lakes, the Mecklenburg Lake District is one of the most impressive water landscapes in Europe – a dream area for discovery trips by houseboat. Even without a driving licence, you can do this on the Müritz, Germany’s largest inland lake, which together with the Kölpinsee, Fleesensee and Plauer See form the “blue quartet”.
Boat rental and tour suggestions: kuhnle-tours.de
Further information: on-mv.de
Especially popular with water sports enthusiasts: Lake Chiemsee © FooTToo / Shutterstock.com
With almost 80 square kilometres of water surface, Lake Chiemsee occupies 7th place in the Top 10, third place in the list of the largest German lakes. At the “Bavarian Sea”, water sports enthusiasts have their peace and quiet, because with a few exceptions, motorboats are prohibited. The lake and Alpine panorama is also best experienced from the shore, for example on the almost flat Chiemsee cycle path (59 km, 4.5 hours).
The hollows filled with water in the volcanic Eifel were formed about 11,000 years ago © art4stock / Shutterstock.com
8th Dauner Maare
Up until around 11,000 years ago, huge steam explosions blew up the landmarks of the Volcanic Eifel into the landscape: the maars, over 70 bowl-shaped depressions, 10 of which are still filled with water today. 3 of these crater lakes are connected by a three-hour circular walk from Daun, with the Gemünden and Schalkenmehrener Maar offering natural open-air swimming pools.
List of maars online at gastlandschaften.de
Lake Constance is a 63 km long lake in the Alpine foothills between Germany, Austria and Switzerland © Carsten Ortlieb / Shutterstock.com
9th Lake Constance
Sunny beaches, flowering orchards and shady forests, between them enchanting wine and fishing villages – the region on the 63 kilometre long Lake Constance captivates with its Mediterranean flair against an impressive Alpine backdrop. Many highlights can also be perfectly visited by canoe by beginners, such as the island of Reichenau or the Lake Dwelling Museum of Unteruhldingen.
boat rental and guided tours: lacanoa.de
Information about the lake: echt-bodensee.de
The Feldsee (also known as Feldberg Lake) is located in the south of Baden-Württemberg at the foot of the Feldberg © Maximilian Kohler / Shutterstock.com
10. field lake
Glaciers of the last Ice Age created the largest Karsee in the Black Forest at the foot of the Feldberg (1493 m): the almost circular Feldsee, framed by steep walls up to 300 metres high. The marked Feldbergsteig (4 hours, 590 m) leads past it. The panorama and hut tour starts at the Haus der Natur, narrow paths require some surefootedness. Book tip: Black Forest South, Rother Verlag, 14,90 Euro.