The Lake Starnberg

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Rose Island in Lake Starnberg © Petermann/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rose Island in Lake Starnberg © Petermann/cc-by-sa-3.0

Lake Starnberg — called Lake Würm until 1962, and also known as Prince’s Lake — is Germany’s fifth largest freshwater lake in terms of area and, due to its great average depth, the second largest in terms of water volume. The lake and its surroundings are an unincorporated area within the rural district of Starnberg; the lake itself is the property of the state of Bavaria and is administered by the Bavarian Administration of State-Owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes.

In the late 19th century, a railway connection between Munich and Starnberg made the lake an accessible destination for trips from the city. Trains departed from a wing of the Munich Central Station which was known as the “Starnberg branch station” (Starnberger Flügelbahnhof) and the lake came increasingly to be known as Lake Starnberg; its name was finally officially changed in 1962.

Wooden cross in the shallow shore water of Lake Starnberg in memory of the local death of King Ludwig II on 13 June 1886 © Boschfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Schlaier/cc-by-3.0 © Schlaier/cc-by-3.0 Panoramic view of Lake Starnberg looking south between Leoni and Possenhofen © Alexander Z./cc-by-sa-3.0 © flickr.com - digital cat/cc-by-2.0 Rose Island in Lake Starnberg © Petermann/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Wooden cross in the shallow shore water of Lake Starnberg in memory of the local death of King Ludwig II on 13 June 1886 © Boschfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0
Located in southern Bavaria 25 kilometres (16 mi) southwest of Munich, Lake Starnberg is a popular recreation area for the city and, since 1976, one of the wetlands of international importance protected by the Ramsar Convention. The small town of Berg is famous as the site where King Ludwig II of Bavaria was found dead in the lake in 1886. Because of its associations with the Wittelsbach royal family, the lake is also known as Prince’s Lake. It is also mentioned in T. S. Eliot‘s poem The Waste Land.

The lake’s water is of excellent quality due to the introduction in the 1960s of a circular sewerage system which collects wastewater from the settlements around the lake and transports it to a treatment plant below the lake’s outlet at Starnberg. Bronze fish-hooks and a dugout dating to the 9th or 8th century BCE have been discovered at the lake, and there are still some professional fishers, most of them continuing a family tradition. Hikers and cyclists can circumnavigate the lake using a path approximately 46.2 kilometres (28.7 mi) long, which, however, gives access to the lakeshore at only a few points, since it is mostly private property. Passenger ferries and excursion ships have operated on the lake since 1851. Today they are operated by the Bayerische Seenschifffahrt company, using modern engine-driven ships.

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