Both are close to each other and have some unique sites around the lakes. They are about 25 miles SW of Munich and a lot of locals go her eon weekends. There are a number of little towns/villages around the lakes, and also one museum of note; the Buckheim, which is contemporary art for its art sake. Andechs Monastery was a big disappointment in that the place was overrun by drinking fools without and cherished thought of reverance for why such a place would be there to begin with. Wonder why Muslims will win in the takeover?? Not
On a snowy afternoon we went to Starnberger See (Lake Starnberg) for a walk at the lake. I had read about the memorial cross for King Ludwig II in my guidebook and wanted to see it because it looked like a nice place. I didn't expect this to be such a nice place. There was a lot of snow when we walked through a little park to the chapel (Votivkapelle) that was built in rememberance of the king who died in the lake in 1886. Underneath the chapel - which is quite big actually - there's a cross in the lake. It is said that Ludwig died here because he was found here. Some say it was suicide, some claim it was murder. We stood here for a while and enjoyed the silence and the views over the grey lake at dusk. A wonderful place!
The chapel and cross are located just outside of a small village called Berg on the eastern side of the lake.
It will take you approx. 30 mts from Munich by car to get here. There's also an S-Bahn to Starnberg. From there you have to rely on your feet or the local bus.
The best known public swimming area at the lake of Stanberg is the village of Kempfenhausen, just one mile east of the town of Starnberg. However, in summer this area is often crowded with people and the lake floor is muddy. Due to the many people the water is stirred up and appears muddy also. Therefore the central eastern shores of lake Starnberg offer much nicer places to relax, picnic, and swimm. Pepply beaches with clear turquoise water and nice waterfront cafes and fish restaurants can be found everywhere on the central eastern shore of lake Starnberg. Especially around the village of Ambach swimming is good.
You need a bike or car to get there. E.G. you can take the S-Bahn 6 to Starnberg and then take your bike down the path on the eastern side of the lake until you find a nice spot. If you arrive by car park in one of the above mentioned villages. For map details on the eastern shore of lake Starnberg look at www.stadtplan.de and investiagte the area south of Starnberg.
When I first arrived my boyfriend and I took a train ride some 30 minutes from the city and found this picturesque lake, called Lake Starnberg. Imagine its summer colours it is very quite idyllic and serene, in winter,the snow was everywhere and a wonderful playground I have ever seen.
Gilching is a beautiful village in the "5-Seen-Land" (five lakes country). For the over 18000 inhabitants and for tourists, there are numerous possibilities for rest, relaxation, sport or culture. In the near surroundings, there are many lakes, among them, the Ammersee, Starnberger See, Wörthsee, Weßlinger See... With the suburban train, Munich is only half an hour away.
Starnberg, which is situated on the 48th degree of latitude southwest of Munich (Germany) was first named "Starnbergk" in 1226. Although it has been inhabited since then it gained it's status as municipality only in 1912. For the 21650 inhabitants (30.6.2000) and for many tourists, there are numerous possibilities for relaxation, sport or culture. There is a beautiful promenade, a native country museum and the castle of Starnberg. One can make a steamboat trip on the "Starnberger Lake" or hike to the place where King Ludwig II lost his life in the lake. There a wooden cross at the lakeshore of "Berg" reminds of the tragedy. Munich is only half an hour away with the suburban train.
Honestly, Starnberg shouldn't be labelled a "off the beaten path" activity anymore...so many tourists throng the lakefront...
The locals prefer to do their sunbathing and swimming a little lower down the way - take S6 to Possenhofen, one stop after Starnberg.
After alighting at the station, follow the locals for a 15 walk through the forest - after that - heaven!
Apart from the rather bleak reputation as the lake where Ludwig II "drowned", Starnberg is truly a beautiful lake you shouldn't miss if you drop by Munich.
It's extremely accessible too! Take the S6 in the direction of Tutzing and you would stop right at the lakefront!
Couple this with a visit to the farms at Gauting. There's a reliable Muller just at the exit of the train station, so you don't even have to pack a picnic!
One of many lakes south of Munich, close to the Alps mountains. A great daytrip from Munich, easy to be reached by S-Bahn.
Get the S6 southbound to Starnberg to see the lake and maybe try out the local sports centre with water slides, pool etc
Starnberg boasts a large lake where you can go cycling around, boating and if its not too cold, you can go swimming there too. More lakes are nearby, but I think you could do with a car to see them like the Woerthsee and the Ammersee.
Socially, it's not that great for a young wan like myself, as it's full of retired rich and sedate Muencheners.
Munich has a number of lakes in its vicinity. Lake Starnberg is about a 30 minute drive from Munich. This picture was taken in the small village of Ammerland. See the travelogue for more pictures taken in February 2001.