Bavarians are always happy to tell you that they live in the best state of Germany. Not only do they have the best beer, they also have a beautiful and diverse natural landscape. From mountains for skiing, to forests for hiking and lakes made by glaciers thousands of years ago perfect for swimming, boating and relaxing.
I headed off to see what the fuss was all about.
First stop: Chiemsee. The weather wasn’t great which unfortunately left me a little disheartened by all this talk of ‘great Bavarian lakes.’ A boat trip and a bit of sun later and I was starting to see what all the fuss was about. A castle on “Man Island” (that’s what Herreninsel translates as), and a beer garden right on the water and lots of bikes on car-free “Lady Island” (Fraueninsel).
Next stop, as spring had sprung and the weather was getting better: Ammersee. Perfect to get our grillen (German style portable coal BBQ) on.
Then there was a walk from Tegernsee to Schilersee. Why not walk a good 11km straight up and hill and back down the other side one sunny Saturday afternoon.
There was also a trip to Starnberg with the flatties. The snowy peaks in the background are actually the Austrian Alps.
Of course I had to return to Tegernsee, as I missed out on trying my favourite beer right from its very own home. As so often happens in Bavaria, we turned up coincidentally on the day of the Tegernsee Beer festival.
And finally (for me anyway) there was a walk from Starnberg to Ammersee along what is a part the famous König-Ludwig-Weg as well as being a section of the Munich to Santiago part of the Camino de Santiago (I walked the France to Santiago section in 2010). Just an easy 20 or so kilometers compared to the people who might keep walking to Santiago. Apart from the beautiful lakes we started and finished at, along the way we got to see frogs, small lakes, naked bathers and Andechs, a village known for its monastery which brews beer. How wonderfully Bavarian.
Click here to see more on the walk from Tegernsee to Schilersee.