One of the many reasons why Bavaria is a popular tourist destination, especially upper Bavaria, is because of its natural beauty. It’s a paradise for nature lovers. Within a half hour of our house, you can go paragliding, hiking, climbing, cycling, swimming, sailing, ice-skating, skiing (alpine and nordic), camping, sledding, horseback riding, and I am sure I am forgetting other sports.
We had what felt like a long, cold, snowy winter, but fortunately the weather has really warmed up in the past two weeks. I enjoyed the snow and the cold, but it feels equally wonderful to soak up the abundant sunshine we’ve enjoyed of late.
Our first truly sunny day came at the beginning of April, after weeks and weeks of grey skies. We took advantage of the warm weather by making a trip to the alpine lake called Walchensee*. The Walchensee area is breathtaking. Not far from Walchensee is Kochelsee, another fabulous alpine lake which we visited last summer. Here’s a good factoid: Walchensee is one of the deepest and largest lakes in Germany. I joked that perhaps it has its own type of Loch Ness Monster.
Typical of the alpine lakes, the water is crystalline blue. The color of the water and the clarity never ceases to amaze me! Along the lake are many little fishing houses. Some of them are privately owned, and others offer visitors the option to rent a boat to go out on the lake. In this picture, you can see just how blue the water is.
Fishing house on Walchensee
We mostly walked around the town of Walchensee since I had Rosebud with me, and our friend Jeremy had his daughter Abi with him. Abi (two years old) and Rosebud love playing together. In fact, I am told that on some mornings when Abi wakes up, the first thing she asks is if she will get to spend the day with Rosebud. Here they are, cuddling with me on a bench by the lake:
Rosebud, Mama and our friend Abi
The lake is even more spectacular because of the surrounding mountain scenery.
I liked this sign by the side of the lake (sorry, dogs, as refreshing as the lake is, you are not allowed to go for a swim).
Badeverbot für Hunde - No swimming for dogs allowed
As you can see from the pictures, there was still a good amount of snow left on the ground. The lake is fed by snowmelt and alpine streams. Rosebud was fascinated by the water from one of the streams.
alpine stream, feeding into Walchensee
When we visited the tourist office, we learned that the Walchensee has been featured in paintings and the location has been used for films. Rosebud and I decided to take advantage of the spectacular background for our photo shoot. 😉
Mama and Rosebud on location (at Walchensee)
I really enjoyed our walk by the lake, as did Rosebud.
Mama, thank you for the walk around Walchensee!
There are many more alpine lakes to discover. I can’t wait to see as many of them as I can. I hope to return to Walchensee again, because there are a number of excellent trails for hiking, biking and walking. I believe there’s also a cable car to one of the mountain peaks by the lake. And, come high summer, I hope to go for a swim in the lake even though the water is chilly.
*Language note: in German, der See means lake; if the word is die See, a feminine noun, it means sea or ocean.