Tegernsee Lake: Destinations, Things to do & Best Hotels

The Tegernsee is a lake located in the state of Bavaria 50 km (31 miles) from Munich.

It is a popular recreation area with hiking and biking trails, lakeside beaches, resorts, and spas.

Destinations Along Tegernsee Lake

The lake is some 6.5 kilometers (4.0 mi) in length, with a width of 1.4 kilometers (0.87 mi) and an area of 8.934 square kilometers (3.449 sq mi).

The region has 5 cities, each with its own characteristics.

1. Gmund am Tegernsee

Gmund am Tegernsee©Gmund – Holidays at the Tegernsee

Gmund has a rural atmosphere and is known as the gateway to Tegernsee Lake.

The city is located north of the shores of the lake.

2. Rottach-Egern

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Rottach-Egern is located on the southern shores of Tegernsee Lake, is known for hosting excellent cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and luxury hotels.

The Wallbergbahn cable car and St. Laurentius are two prominent attractions in the city.

3. Tegernsee

TegernseePhoto Credit: Lennart Eickfeld

The city of Tegernsee is located on the southwestern shore of the lake, famous for its monastery (Kloster Tegernsee) founded in the 11th century by Benedictine monks and the brewery, the Bräustüberl Tegernsee.

4. Bad Wiessee

Bad WiesseePhoto Credit: Julian Hochgesang

Located on the west bank of the lake, Bad Wiessee has been a city with spa status since 1922.

The city is also home to good hotel options.

5. Kreuth

KreuthPhoto Credit: Daniel Seßler

Located in the south of the Tegernsee Valley, Kreuth is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

The city has well-marked trails and bike trails that offer fabulous views of the impressive landscape at the foot of the Alps.

Top Things to do in Tegernsee

Top Things to do in Tegernsee©Seenschifffahrt Tegernsee

  • Hiking;
  • Cycling;
  • Cable Car ride (Wallbergbahn) to enjoy the best views of the lake;
  • Enjoy the summer on the beaches by the lake;
  • Skiing in the winter months;
  • Take a boat trip across the lake;
  • Enjoy local cuisine at one of the restaurants.

Best Hotels in the Tegernsee Lake Region

1. Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt

Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt©Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt

The Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt is a 5-star superior hotel located on the lakeshore, a 45-minute drive from Munich.

The rooms are elegant and have a TV, coffee machine, minibar, balcony, or terrace. Some rooms have a lake view.

The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, 7 saunas, a modern gym, and a lounge area with a fireplace and library.

Überfahrtstraße 10, 83700 Rottach-Egern, Germany

Site: www.althoffcollection.com

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2. Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach

Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach©Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach

Located a 3-minute drive from the lake, the Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach offers subtle luxury and contemporary elegance with a great Bavarian touch.

The rooms are decorated in neutral colors and are equipped with a TV, kettle, coffee maker, and minibar.

The hotel has a spa, sauna and 3 swimming pools.

Wiesseer Str. 1, 83700, Germany

Site: bachmair-weissach.com

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3. Das Tegernsee

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Das Tegernsee offers comfort and modernity on the lake shore.

The rooms are equipped with a TV, desk, kettle, coffee maker, and minibar.

The hotel has 2 swimming pools and a restaurant that serves regional dishes with a modern twist.

Neureuthstraße 23, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany

Site: www.dastegernsee.de

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4. Landhaus Christl am See

Landhaus Christl am See©Landhaus Christl am See

Directly located on the lake, Landhaus Christl am See is a luxury family hotel.

The country-style rooms have a TV, electric kettle, minibar, balcony, or terrace.

The hotel has a small spa with a sauna and a Turkish bath.

Sonnenfeldweg 11, 83707 Bad Wiessee, Germany

Site: www.landhauschristl.de

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5. Der Westerhof Hotel

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Located a short distance from the lakeshore, Der Westerhof Hotel offers great value for money.

The rooms are cozy and decorated with natural wood.

The hotel has a gym and a sauna.

Olaf-Gulbransson-Straße 19, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany

Site: www.derwesterhof.de

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6. Hotel Quellenhof

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Located in Bad Wiessee a short distance from the lake, Hotel Quellenhof has a swimming pool and spa area.

All rooms are equipped with a TV, desk and minibar

Anton-von-Rieppel-Straße 10, 83707 Bad Wiessee, Germany

Site: quellenhof-tegernsee.de

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7. Hotel Maier zum Kirschner

Hotel Maier zum Kirschner©Hotel Maier zum Kirschner

The Hotel Maier zum Kirschner is a charming, family-run hotel located on the banks of the lake.

The rooms have wooden furniture, minibar, flat-screen TV, balcony, or terrace.

The hotel has a spa center and an outdoor swimming pool.

Seestraße 23, 83700 Rottach-Egern, Germany

Site: www.maier-kirschner.de

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8. Hotel Bussi Baby

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Centrally located in Bad Wiessee, Hotel Bussi Baby offers comfortable accommodation with Swiss pine furniture.

All rooms have a TV, desk, and balcony.

Sanktjohanserstraße 46, 83707 Bad Wiessee, Germany

Site: bussibaby.com

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9. Bio Design Landhaus St. Georg

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The Bio Design Landhaus St. Georg is a family-run hotel renovated in 2015.

The rooms are cozy and have a flat-screen TV, a desk and a minibar.

Jägerstraße 20, 83707 Bad Wiessee, Germany

Site: www.stgeorg.net

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10. Seehotel Luitpold

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The Seehotel Luitpold is located in a historic building on the lakeshore 950 meters from the famous German restaurant Bräustüberl Tegernsee.

The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk and a minibar.

The hotel has a bistro and a wine bar.

Hauptstraße 42, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany

Site: www.seehotel-luitpold.de

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Where to eat

©Bräustüberl Tegernsee

Bräustüberl Tegernsee – traditional German restaurant and a mandatory stop for those visiting the region. Schloßpl. 1, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany – Price $$.

Eis Café Allegria – ice cream shop and cafe, ideal for hot days. Seestraße 20C, 83684 Tegernsee, Germany – Price $$.

Gasthof zum Rosser – German restaurant in Rottach-Egern with outside tables. Nördliche Hauptstraße 25, 83700 Rottach-Egern, Germany – Price $$.

MonteLago – charming bistro, cafe and bar located 10 minutes from St. Laurentius. Nördliche Hauptstraße 18, 83700 Rottach-Egern, Germany – Price $$.

Café Max I. Joseph – cafe and bistro located directly on Rottacher Hauptstrasse, close to the lake and Seepromenade park Rottacher Bucht. Nördliche Hauptstraße 35, 83700 Rottach-Egern, Germany – Price $$.

Königslinde am Tegernsee – restaurant with a beer garden serving regional cuisine and typical Bavarian delicacies. Lindenpl. 3, 83707 Bad Wiessee, Germany – Price $$.

Cafe Wagner – beautiful cafe serving breakfast options, snacks, cakes, sweets, and chocolates. Wiesseer Str. 3, 83703 Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany – Price $$.

rosso enoteca italiana – Italian restaurant in Gmund that serves delicious pasta and pizza options. Tegernseer Str. 2a, 83703 Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany – Price $$.

Panoramarestaurant Wallberg – restaurant offering incredible panoramic views, open all year. Wallbergstraße 32, 83700 Rottach-Egern, Germany – Price $$.

Haus Göttfried – charming restaurant with biergaten in Kreuth. Südliche Hauptstraße 2, 83708 Kreuth, Germany – Price $$.

How to get to Tegernsee Lake from Munich

From Munich, there are direct trains to Gmund am Tegernsee lasting approximately 55 minutes and trains to Tegernsee lasting 1 hour and 3 minutes.

To get around the cities there are options for boats. Visit the Seenschifffahrt Tegernsee website to check departure times.

Search for Train Tickets to Gmund am Tegernsee or Tegernsee from Munich.

Tegernsee Lake Map

On the map below are marked the cities of Tegernsee and all the suggestions mentioned in the text (highlighted attractions, hotels, restaurants, and cafes).

Official Tegernsee Lake Website: www.tegernsee.com

Featured Photo by Collin Croome

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