Location: 70 km south of Munich.
Time: Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Accessibility: From the main train station, take a regional train (Regional Zug) to Kochel, which is the final station.
The Kochelsee is very easy to reach by train. From Kochel station there is a bus that takes you to Walchensee. Both lakes are ideal for a day trip or weekend excursion.
Walchensee: as blue as the Caribbean
One of the hiking options we will mention is uphill to the Herzogstand. There are different routes with more or less kilometres to cover depending on your physical condition.
The Herzogstand is a 1731 meter high mountain. As mentioned above, you can go to its upper part by foot or by cable car. This place is also very popular in winter because of the ski area.
It is worth climbing either way, as the view is “atemberaubend” as they say in German, so it is breathtaking. You can relax at the restaurant there.
Do you want to see the current panorama from the Herzostand? In this link you find photos, the camera does current shots every 10 minutes.
Do you know the adventures of Wickie? A Viking redheaded boy, originally a cartoon and very popular in Germany. In 2008, the story was filmed featuring real actors. One of the settings was the Walchensee and a Viking village was built, you can visit it.
The ideal activities on this lake are Windsurfing and SUP. In the Walchensee there is no “Strandbad” as in other lakes, however you will find a kiosk to buy light food and drinks. You also rent the SUP there. There are mobile toilets like the Dixi or Toi toi.
Kochelsee: the relaxing lake
This lake is charming and offers a very relaxed environment for chilling on the shore, swimming or doing some SUP. There are more gastronomic offers here than at Walchensee. You will find international cuisine and you can’t miss the Bavarian cuisine prepared by the experts.
Franz Marc Museum
You reach this museum in a 15 minute walk from the train station. The museum is dedicated to Marc who founded together with Vassily Kandinsky and others the Blaue Reiter movement. This Bavarian Painter is considered one of the most important expressionists of the 20th century. He died in the battle of Verdun in the First World War. The Museum opened its doors in 1986 as a tribute and you find different temporary exhibitions of other artists as well. On Sundays, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. there are workshops for children and teenagers. The address is Franz Marc Park 8-10. You find more information on their website: www.franz-marc-museum.de
Sauna and pools with Alps view.
To enjoy the lake and the panorama of the Alps regardless of the weather, Kristall Trimini is a good option. This is a spa with swimming pools and saunas overlooking the Alps.
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Franz Marc Museum: 8.50€
Art workshops at the museum: 5€
Dinner in a Bavarian restaurant: 12€-18€
Kristall Trimini saunas and swimming pools: 20.50€ two hours
Cable car Herzogstand: 12.50€ round trip - 7€ simple
We published this article initially on August 31, 2018.
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