Once a royal retreat and still a popular place of residence for the rich and famous, the Fünf-Seen-Land (Five Lakes District) is set in a glacial plain and makes a fast and easy escape from the urban bustle of Munich. Organised tourism in these parts is very much a seasonal affair, but any time is good for hiking and cycling.
Starnberg is the biggest and most famous body of water here. The other lakes – Ammersee, Pilsensee, Wörthsee and Wesslinger See – are smaller and offer more secluded charm. Swimming, boating and windsurfing are popular activities on all lakes, and the area is also riddled with a whopping 493km of bike paths and 185km of hiking trails.