Starnberg is a picturesque Bavarian town set on the shores of a glacier-carved lake. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush forests, the scenery is spectacular. Relax on sandy beaches, hike on scenic trails, visit ancient historic sites and enjoy the infectious holiday atmosphere. While Starnberg is a short drive from Munich, it feels worlds away from the bustling streets of the Bavarian capital.
Things to do in Starnberg
Starnberg is a great base for touring Five Lakes Country, a scenic pocket of Bavaria that’s been attracting holidaymakers for centuries. The region sprawls across a glacial plain and is dotted with five stunning lakes – Starnberg, Ammersee, Pilsensee, Wörthsee and Wesslinger See. Museum Starnberger See occupies a centuries-old farmhouse and recalls the rich history of the region. Don’t miss the impressive royal barge in the modern wing.
More than 185 kilometres of scenic hiking trails wind through Five Lakes Country and make Starnberg a hiker’s paradise. If you prefer cycling, you’ll love exploring almost 500 kilometres of bike paths. The 46-kilometre loop around Lake Starnberg showcases some of the best views in the region.
Kloster Andechs is perched on a hilltop and has been welcoming pilgrims since the 10th century. Tour the ancient monastery before heading to the Bräustüberl beer hall to sip ale brewed by Benedictine monks.
Boat tours take you out onto the water and immerse you in the natural beauty of the Five Lakes Country. Highlights include sailing past the handsome stately homes that dot the shoreline, including fairy-tale Schloss Possenhofen castle.
Getting around Starnberg
Starnberg is located in Bavaria, a 30-minute drive or 20-minute train from Munich. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Starnberg and Five Lakes Country at your own pace. Munich International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.