There are a number of pages on MyGermancity.com that make jokes about Germany not being a “tropical” destination. No one expects to find fruity cocktails (with an umbrella, of course) and palm trees on white sandy beaches here (although this does exist).
But, that doesn’t mean that Germany isn’t a country in love with the water. In fact, we’re obsessed with it. Any chance to be outside to sail or surf, waterski and windsurf; it doesn’t matter. We Germans want to do it all. So, our love of our lakes is understandable.
Some of the best scenery around Germany is seen from the shores of its lakes. If you’ve ever seen the Alps from the shores of the Königssee you know what I’m talking about. For anyone wanting to hike the Watzmann, you go right on ahead. I think I’ll stay right here & wave to you. ;-)
Lake Tegernsee is another lake with a view of the Bavarian Alps, while the Forggensee — Germany’s largest reservoir and what I call “Bavarian’s Bathtub” — gives you a great chance to sail around the Allgäu region, and to towns like Füssen and Roßhaupten on the Via Claudia Augusta scenic route.
Can’t you imagine yourself sitting at a lakeside beer garden in Schondorf, or bird watching at a nature area bird sanctuary right on the shore of the Ammersee?
And who could ever forget about Lake Starnberg, forever immortalized because the body of Bavarian King Ludwig II washed up on its shores in a cloud of controversy.
Yes, I’m aware that Lake Constance (or the Bodensee, if you will) is actually the largest lake in Germany, but it shares its water with a couple of other countries. So, that means the Müritz is actually the largest of its kind totally within the German borders.
Another one of Mecklenburg’s lakes is Lake Schwerin, or the Schweriner See, which goes right up to the Schwerin Castle — one of the country’s most spectacular castles (that’s now a government building, BTW).
Then Lake Plau (Plauer See) in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (and not to confuse you with Lake Plaue in Brandenburg) is totally surrounded by quaint villages (some with only a few hundred residents) with medieval churches, half-timbered houses, and nature areas.
For anyone looking for a beachy tropical vacation, more power to you. But, if you want the water with a blend of friendly villages, watersports, history, and castles — then you now know that one of Germany’s lakes is just the right place to be.