Size: approx. 490 square kilometres
Towns: Starnberg (22,900 inhabitants)
Lakes: Starnberger See, Ammersee, Wörthsee, Pilsensee, Weßlinger See
Highlights: Andechs Abbey, Roseninsel (island), memorial at Ludwig II’s place of death near Berg
Those seeking relaxation from Munich recharge their batteries on short trips at the lakes, either the fashionable Starnberger See, the down-to-earth Ammersee, also called the “farmer’s lake”, as well as Pilsensee, Wörthsee or the hidden Weßlinger See. Those who come from further away spend their whole summer holiday in the “naturally healthy” StarnbergAmmersee region. The diverse sporting portfolio both in and out of the water is used with pleasure by everyone. Numerous lidos entice you to go swimming with a view of the Alps, whilst sailors and surfers can be seen to be enjoying the best conditions here. Whoever wants to can try one of the new fashionable sports such as Stand Up Paddling or light riding (surfing on a light device).
Cyclists, hikers and golfers can look forward to varied tours through the hilly hinterland as two thirds of it is a nature reserve and conservation area. Within 25 kilometres there are two golf courses to choose from. This means the region has the highest golf course density in Germany. Here in the south of Munich where celebrities have their homes and town folk enjoy the Upper Bavarian picture book country life swinging your clubs on the greens is a traditional sport.
Stately mansions and castles which throne over the shores of the Starnberger See show the attraction that StarnbergAmmersee has always had on the rich and beautiful: already the high nobility among them King Ludwig II and his great cousin Empress Elisabeth of Austria (“Sisi”) lived here. Alongside pomp and circumstance there is still a lot of art and culture to be discovered in this magnificent setting: such as the Buchheim Museum which shows a spectacular collection of expressionist art, the Starnberger See museum, which takes people back to the living environment of the 19th and 20th centuries; or the Empress Elisabeth museum in Possenhofen. Other highlights are the magnificent Marienmünster in Dießen or the famous Andechs abbey, which attracts pilgrims to the holy mountain from the opposite side of the lake.
The whole region is as rich in tradition as the Andechs monastic beer. Old traditions such as the angler wedding in Tutzing or the fishermen’s jousts on Lake Ammersee and Starnberger See are very popular with the locals and visitors. Guests also profit from people’s awareness of culinary traditions here: from the freshly caught vendace (whitefish) from the fishmonger’s next door, to pressed organic juice according to family recipes to the sustainably produced regional sausage and meat specialities. The delicacies from StarnbergAmmersee taste just as good in the cosy Bavarian inns as they do as a reminder of their holiday at home.