The Ammersee in Bavaria

6 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Sunset at Lake Ammer in winter © Thomas Then/cc-by-3.0

Sunset at Lake Ammer in winter © Thomas Then/cc-by-3.0

Ammersee (English: Lake Ammer) is a Zungenbecken lake in Upper Bavaria, southwest of Munich between the towns of Herrsching and Dießen am Ammersee. With a surface area of approximately 47 square kilometres (18 sq mi), it is the sixth largest lake in Germany. The lake is at an elevation of 520 metres (1,710 ft), and has a maximum depth of 81 metres (266 ft). Like other Bavarian lakes, Ammersee developed as a result of the ice age glaciers melting. Ammersee is fed by the River Ammer, which flows as the Amper out of the lake. Like neighbouring Lake Starnberg, which is similar in size and shape, it is a popular location for watersports.   read more…

Dachau in Upper Bavaria

3 October 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Historic District - Konrad Adenauer Street © Schlaier/cc-by-3.0

Historic District – Konrad Adenauer Street © Schlaier/cc-by-3.0

Dachau is a major district town of the administrative region of Upper Bavaria, in the southern part of Germany, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north-west of Munich. It is now a popular residential area for people working in Munich with roughly 40,000 inhabitants. The historic centre of town with its 18th-century castle is situated on an elevation and visible over a great distance. Between 1546 and 1577, the House of Wittelsbach had the Dachau Palace erected in the Renaissance style. From June 1715 to Autumn 1717, Joseph Effner remodelled the palace to suit the contemporary taste in style. At the beginning of the 19th century, the castle’s north-, east- and south-wing had to be demolished due to their state of disrepair. The west-wing housing the dance hall with a superb view of the enchanting gardens, still remains today. On the first floor the original renaissance wood carved, coffered ceiling can be admired by visitors.   read more…

Fürstenfeldbruck in Bavaria

26 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Aerial view of Cloister Fürstenfeld © Bernd Hagmeier

Aerial view of Cloister Fürstenfeld © Bernd Hagmeier

Fürstenfeldbruck is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the district of Fürstenfeldbruck. It has a population of 34.000. Since the 1930s, Fürstenfeldbruck has had an air force base. Fürstenfeldbruck covers an area of 32.53 km². It is located halfway between Munich and Augsburg, and along the Amper river.   read more…

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