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One of Germany’s largest lakes, Starnbergersee is connected to Munich by the S-Bahn trains. The station is opposite the landing for the frequent tour boats that carry passengers to various lake-side towns. Among these are Starnberg, where most of the shops, hotels and restaurants are located. Nearby Berg is known as the place where Bavaria’s “Fairy-tale King” Ludwig II was drowned, and across the lake at Possen is Possenhoffen palace, home of his equally legendary cousin, Cisi — Empress Elizabeth of Austria. In the Possen railroad station’s Royal Saloon is an intimate, sweet museum with a good collection of memorabilia related to this ...

One of Germany’s largest lakes, Starnbergersee is connected to Munich by the S-Bahn trains. The station is opposite the landing for the frequent tour boats that carry passengers to various lake-side towns. Among these are Starnberg, where most of the shops, hotels and restaurants are located. Nearby Berg is known as the place where Bavaria’s “Fairy-tale King” Ludwig II was drowned, and across the lake at Possen is Possenhoffen palace, home of his equally legendary cousin, Cisi — Empress Elizabeth of Austria. In the Possen railroad station’s Royal Saloon is an intimate, sweet museum with a good collection of memorabilia related to this romantic queen, open on summer weekends. The landscape southwest of Munich is studded with glacial lakes before it rises to the snowcapped summits of the Alps, and like Starnbergersee, they are easily explored by tour boats, on walking paths or by kayak or bicycle. Rent either of the latter at Starnberg or at the dock in the little town of Uffing, on the Stafflesee. The 25-km-long walking and cycling trail around that lake runs largely through a nature preserve, and the 46-km walking path around Starnbergersee, The King Ludwig Weg, connects sites associated with the Bavarian king: Berg, Starnberg, Arnburg Abbey and his castle at Neuschwanstein. Trail segments are connected by public boat routes and luggage transfer is available.

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    The Five Lakes Region is pleasant at any time of year, but for water sports, choose summer or autumn.