MUNICH — Starnberger Funf-Seen-Land

This area known as the Land of Five Lakes is found southwest of Munich. Southwest of Munich. The five lakes are Starnberger See, Ammersee, Pilsensee, Worthsee and Wesslinger See and have been popular places for people from Munich to visit for a long time. The main activities that people come here for, apart from the beautiful scenery, are the 180 km of hiking and 250 km of cycling trails that wind their way through beautiful landscapes of gently rolling hills and and majestic mountains in the background and of course the beautiful lakes.In winter cross-country skiing and ice skating are favourite pastimes. There are also cruise boats that travel the lakes and they are also used for sailing, water skiing and swimming.

You can get to this area by train or bus and a good place to use to find information about this is on the following website:
http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/home/mvv_network/meansoftransportation/index.html

The sights found here are:
Starnberg
Berg
Possenhofen and Feldafing
Buchheim Museum
Andechs
Diessen

Starnberg

Starnberg
This town is found at the northern end of Starnberger See which is one of the largest lakes in this area. There really isn’t a lot to see here and it is used more as a starting point to visit the other towns because you will find the station, the bus terminal and the dock for the cruise boat all near the station. If you do have some time here you will find Heimatmuseum just to the west of the station in Possenhofner Strasse. The museum is housed in a restored wooden farmhouse and contains displays about the rural life and work of the area as well as the court of the Wittelsbach. Make sure you see the model of the ‘Dolphin’ which was the last surviving ship of the Wittelsbach dynasty.
For more information on the museum visit the website at:
http://www.museum-starnberger-see.de/

Traveller's Tip

There are scheduled boat cruises on the Starnberger See which is a lovely way to see this very beautiful region. Boats leave from the landing docks just south of the main station in Starnberg.
For more information about prices and the timetable see the website at:
http://www.bayerische-seenschifffahrt.de/
Votivkapelle

Berg
This town is found close to Starnberg and you can catch Bus no 961 from there to Berg Am See. In the town you will find Schloss Berg on the eastern shore of Starnberger See which was the summer home of King Ludwig 11 and the place where he lived until he died. You cannot visit this castle as it is still lived in by the Wittelsbach family but you can walk through the grounds which have been turned into a public park. In the park you will find Votivkapelle which is a chapel that was built for Ludwig. This chapel overlooks the lake where a simple cross was put to commemorate where Ludwig’s body was supposedly found. You cannot go into the chapel but if you stand at the entrance you can see into it but it is rather bare.

Possenhofen Schloss

Possenhofen and Feldafing
Both Possenhofen and Fedafing can be reached by train from Munich and the journey will take around 40 minutes to these towns which are found near each other on the western shore of Starnberger See. In Possenhofen you will find Schloss Possenhofen in Karl-Theodor Strasse. It is a 16th century castle that has been rebuilt and renovated over time and has been home to various owners including Empress Elizabeth who was the wife of Emperor Francis Joseph 1 and the castle is remembered as her birthplace and favourite holiday house. After housing various enterprises it was converted into flats in the 1980’s and isn’t open to the public but you are free to wander around the lovely gardens which are a public park. Near to Possenhofen is Rose Island which is the only island found in Starnberger See. You can reach this island by ferry that you catch from the bell-dock which is halfway between Possenhofen and Feldafing. There you take a 5-minute ride on a small electric boat which runs from June to October and costs around 4euros.
For more information about Rose Island see the website at:
http://www.faehre-roseninsel.de.

Buchheim Museum
The Buchheim Museum is located north of Bernried in Höhenries Park on the banks of Lake Starnberg. Bernreid is a pretty little village full of wonderful timber houses and you can reach it by ferry from Starnberg from May to October or you can take a train from Munich. The museum is a 15 minute walk north of the town. The museum contains the private collection of Lothar-Günther Buchheim who was the author of the novel Das Boot. The collection contains a lot of the works of the German Expressionists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; Karl-Emil Nolde; Otto Mueller; Lovis Corinth; Max Beckmann and Oskar Kokoschka. There is also a rich collection of folk art; carousel animals; paper weights; furniture; textiles, and jewellery from Asia, South America, and Europe. The building itself is magnificent and caused quite a stir when it was first built with its postmodern design.
For more information about the museum see the website at:
http://www.buchheimmuseum.de/international/english.php

Kloster Andechs

Andechs
Andechs is found near Starnberg and you can reach it by bus No 951 from the train station Starnberg Nord or Herrsching. One of its main attractions is the Kloster Andechs which is a Benedictine monastery situated on a hill with the most amazing views to the Alps. It was founded in the 10th century and it was and still is an important destination for pilgrims and other visitors from around the world. The monastery is Rococo in design and inside it is full of frescoes and sculptures. It also contains a beer hall and garden where the monks have been brewing beer for the past 500 years. You can choose between 6 beers and there is food as well but during the summer months and weekends it becomes extremely busy.
For more information about the monastery see the website at:
http://www.andechs.de/index.asp?lng=en

Traveller's Tip

From the monastery you can take a walk on one of the many walking trails found nearby. A really nice walk is the one you can take to the nearby Ammersee.
Diessen

Diessen
Diessen is situated on the southwestern end of Lake Ammersee. It is home to the Marienmünster which is a magnificent Baroque church and one of the area’s finest. The church was built in the 18th century by some of the best artists of this period. Inside there are ornate frescoes and the painting above the altar of Mary ascending into heaven is quite magnificent. It was painted by Giovanni Tiepolo in Venice and had to be transported back here as the artist refused to travel.