The second largest lake of Bavaria is a mere 30-minutes ride southwest of Munich and a main recreation area for Munich inhabitants. You can reach it also by
S-Bahn (suburban train). The lake is around 20 kilometres long, five kilometres wide and up to 127 metres deep. It is bordered by moraine hills with higher mountains
of Benediktenwand and the Wetterstein mountain range in the backgound. Walkers can explore the beauty of the landscape and
the various sights on the path that follows long stretches of the shore. In the 17th and 18th centuries the lake was already very popular with the Munich court. The Wittelsbach rulers built
and purchased palaces here and celebrated exuberant festivities.
The best way to get to know the sights at lake Starnberg is a boat trip on the lake. There is offered a grand three-hour round trip and a short northern roundtrip only including the
stations Starnberg, Possenhofen, Leoni, Berg. The ticket allows to get out at any station and continue the ride with one
the next ships.
Ship landing stages
Sights at lake Starnberg
In Starnberg it is worth walking along the promenade at the lake and the Maximillianstrasse with its interesting shops. Here is usually the starting point for ship round trips.
Schloss Berg was the summer seat of King Ludwig II. Here he spend the last days of his life. A short walk through the royal park takes you to the cross in the lake,
where Ludwig II. drowned in mysterious circumstances and to a memorial chapel.
Worth seeing Schloss Possenhofen, the castle where Sissi, the future empress Elisabeth of Austria, grew up. After a 30 minutes walk you reach the wooden ferry boat to Roseninsel
(Rose Island) with its small island villa, the "Casino", and a rose garden. Ludwig II. and his cousin Sissi liked to meet on this island. As empress of Austria she spent
24 summers in her summer residence in Feldafing (now hotel “Kaiserin Elisabeth”) - only 10 minutes away from the landing stage of the ferry boat
Here you can visit the Guggerhof build in the 16th century and the Baroque style church St. Joseph.
On the shore of the lake near the landing stage the "Museum of Phantasy" is situated. It contents a world-famous collection of expressionist works, especially from the art association "Brücke".
The southern end of lake Starnberg. Recommended is a visit to the restaurant Lido with a pleasant beergarden