Lake Starnberg (German: Starnbergersee) is the closest lake to Munich and one of its prettiest. This is one of the most affluent places to live near Munich, and many of the rich and famous have their villas here.
The attraction of the rich to this area is not something new, and dates back to the 18th century where the lake was popular with Munich royalty. This is the location of the mysterious death of Ludwig II, the famous king that built the Neuschwanstein Castle.
The lake itself is 20km long, and it at points more than 100 meters deep. It was formed during the ice age and carved out by massive glaciers pushing forward towards the alps. There is a single island in the middle of the lake named Roseninsel, which is a popular outing for local residents and tourists alike.
There are a number of villages around the lake, including Tuzing, Seeshaupt, Bernried, Feldafing and of course Starnberg itself. From these towns there are plenty of hikes that can be taken around the lake and also into the surrounding mountains for a great view over the lake towards the Alps. During summer there is a boat which takes visitors across the lake between these various points.
Lake Starnberg can be reached easily from Munich on the S6 lines in about 45 minutes. By car, you should take the A95 motorway towards Garmisch and take the Starnberg exit. The lake is about 30km away from Munich.
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