Although the Tegernsee is one with an area of about 9 square kilometers in area not one of the great Bavarian lakes, but its valley setting, surrounded by mountains of the Alpine foothills give it special appeal. The sprawling lake, which has a length of 6.5 km only a width of 1.4 km, dates back to the last glacial period. The resulting pool was filling up after the Ice Age, deposited the gravel and so created the surface on which today are the communities located around the lake Tegernsee, Rottach-Egern and Bad Wiessee. The village of Gmund located at the outflow of the lake, the Mangfall. The varied landscape invites you to the shore of a beautiful valley walk a round the lake. The trails are very good, and start and end point is entirely arbitrary definable.
The route around the lake, for which one should reckon with costs depending on tempo and break for sightseeing around 6-7 hours leads to some attractions that are worth to look at. In previous Tegernsee Abbey, which was established as a Benedictine monastery dating back to the year 750, and which had become in its more than 1000 years of history through the work of the monks into an important cultural center, is particularly worth seeing the church. Hans Georg Asam, the father of the famous artist brothers Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin Asam, created the painting of the early Baroque style church. In the literary field of the early medieval epic Ruodlieb the Tegernsee monks is ascribed. Who requires a lot of culture and clergy to more mundane pleasures, which returns an instance in the Tegernsee Braustuberl and can taste a Bavarian snack. In season, losing in any case to a dip in the lake – the Tegernsee is one of the cleanest waters in Europe. This is the end of the 50s-built ring around the lake due to sewage system, which is considered to be first of its kind. Therefore, the lake also led on fine days for swimming.