The town of Tegernsee, less than an hour from Munich, sits on the tranquil shores of its signature lake in the cradle of the Bavarian Alps. Home to impressive peaks like the Rotwand (1.884m asl) and the Wallberg (1.722m asl), in many ways it owes its appeal to local, man-made attractions. Here, the former Benedictine Abbey of Tegernsee has been converted to the Herzoglich Bayerisches Brauhaus Tegernsee (the Ducal Bavarian Brewery of Tegernsee), one of Germany's oldest breweries, and nearby is the Tegernseer Volkstheater, one of the oldest still active theatres in the world. The area also offers year-round outdoor activities, from skiing in winter to sailing in the fall and spring, and the annual balloon festival Tegernseer Tal Montgolfiade in summer, which features over 40 giant balloons.
Meander through meadows filled with wild blossoms or dive head first into Germany’s spa and wellness culture with a visit to the healing springs of Bad Wiessee, or 'beauty farm' in Rottach-Egern. Either way, it’s truly an exploration of the extraordinary.