The 5-lakes-area of Upper Bavaria

in Starnberg district - Part II

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Introduction by me

Start of the Guide

Munich - Capital of Bavaria your first impressions after arrival


a walk through the center

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Bavarian towns you can visit yet


Bad Aibling

Bad Endorf

Bad Toelz

Bad Woerishofen




Cruising Germany




Furth im Wald ( Bavarian Forest)



Kaufbeuren (Allgaeu)


Kempten (Allgaeu)

Landsberg am Lech



Noerdlingen in the Ries

Nuernberg (Nuremburg)




A trip to Austria




5-lakes-area Starnberg part II




A view to Tyrolia and Italy

Innsbruck + Meran

other links

the Ammersee

a marvellous recreation area

all town descriptions in German

Bavaria's treasure box of fairy tales and legends

a German restaurant in Springfield, MA 01103

another good travel guide from Bavaria from my friend Helmut in Canada

Hi, nice to see you again. Last time we drove around the lake of Starnberg, the biggest one in the "5-Lake's-Area" in Upper Bavaria. Today the second part or daytrip to the other four lakes in Starnberg district is following. Connecting to part one we start now in Starnberg directly. First we drive along the river Wuerm, one exit of the lake of Starnberg, through a small and narrow valley. Just in the middle of it between the woods is an old mill, a lovely place to stop, have a rest, original bavarian country dishes and some beers.

But I guess, everybody had a good breakfast so we turn on and the first village we reach soon is named Gauting. The first landmark you see from that village is another mill, the "Reis-Mill".

About that a legend told, that the world famous German Emperor Charlemagne should be born there, so the village shows up in its heraldic figure a crown above a mill-wheel. More in the legend part about. The village Gauting, beside Gilching and Starnberg one of the biggest ones of the district, count back in history about 2000 years. First the Celtics were settling there ( where in Europe they didn't do I want know), than the Romans break over the Alps in that area. They had in Gauting a station named "Bratanium". The bavarian tribes are documented since 500 a.J.Chr.

We follow now these old raids and reach a few miles later the village Andechs with the same named monastery there. Here we will have a rest, because that monastery on the "holy mountain" is really "a must" for each visitor of Upper Bavaria.

On one hand the monastery of Andechs is still today a place of pilgrimage, on the other hand a magnet for people liking countrysites, having wellness through walking and biking and for nice rests a excellent beergarden and beer, naturally.While some of you will visit the open facilities and the church, renovated 1755 in marvellous Rokoko style, I will explain why this monastery pulls more than eleven centuries thousands of pilgrims to here.

History said that the first area owner here was an aristocrat named "holy Rasso of Andechs" and ancestor of the "Andechs Dynasty", later on very mighty and with castles up there in the Kroatian country. This "Rasso" had brought several relics from the crusades to his castle in Andechs.

In the castle chapel were stored i.e."three holy consecrated wafers, some twigs of the thorn crown of Jesus Christ and other holy relics". Around 1208 this mighty dynasty ran under suspension to be a knowing part of the king's murdering in Bamberg.

So her opponent, the dynasty Wittelsbach, had nearly free hand to attack the castles of the Andechs dynasty. After the conquer of Andechs castle the chapel was the only undestroyed house on this place. But where were the "holy treasures"? The defenders had hide them and, what a bullshit, no one was alive to tell the hidden location. Several years later a small miracle should have happened. While the priest hold the mass a small mouse slipped through the church and lose a part of an old pergament. Thereon was the map how to find the hidden treasures. Can you imagine what run of pilgrims appeared soon after digging the holy relics out? I guess, so much like now beer lovers too. In these old times the church was to small to catch them all, so Duke Ernst of Bavaria first brought the relics to Munich in security.

Than he started to build, no, not himself, he "let build" naturally, a new and bigger church, you can see now. Later on this now still existing monastery was added to watch the relics and take care of the pilgrims.

Hey, you are all back again? One beer more? No, ok, let us start then to the nex nice place, it will be the village Herrsching directly on the lake named "Ammersee". This is the second big one in our district. It is also a very loved relaxing area to swim, sail, fish, surf, play tennis, biking and so on. Business people visiting Munich find here good rooms to stay over night and work without the big noise of the city.

he bavarian "white-blue fleet" offers turns over the lake and restaurants for each taste you can find. If you sometimes look for a nice vacation place, think about Herrsching too.

Remember, we talk about five lake. Next one will be the "Pilsensee". The name is similar to a special sort of beer, I know, but if this lake would be from that, believe me, no Bavarian would allow to come in the near. In summertimes lots of Munich citizens come out here to relax or use the sporting possibilities like on the Ammersee or the next one, the "Woerthsee". Once these both lakes were owned by an aristocrat's family living in the castle of Seefeld, you can see just from the road. Now that castle is in the posess of Earl Toerring, a very popular man and beer brewer too. He and his dynasty has not such bad history like the old castle owner the following story will tell you.

The isle of mouse

You must know, in earlier times folks named the "Woerthsee" also "mouse lake", on our times only the one existing island therein kept the prename "mouse". And this is the legend:

Once one of the Seefeld aristocrats was rich, miserly and cruel. He hated the poor people and one day he let catch a lot of beggars and put them in a barn. There they were burned with the whole house through his knights. As they cried and screamed the aristocrat was mocking about them with the words "do you hear the whimpering mice and rats?"

That was too much for the good strength in heaven. A few days later thousands of real rats and mice suddenly appeared in his castle, eating and attacking everybody and every thing. The bad guy escaped to the Woerthsee, set over to the island hoping the animals cannot follow him. But in the contrary, from all sides the rats and mice swam over the lake to his last refugee. Fully desperated the man fell on his knees, begged the Lord for apologize and promised foundations for the poor people. After that all animals disappeared.

But back to the presence. Next village with the last one lake of our five-lakes-area is Weßling and the lake has the same name "Weßlinger See" (lake of Weßling). The picture shows the lake and the characteristic size of an "onion-church-tower".

He is the smallest one and long time people were afraid that he will "die". But some enginees made an experiment by pumping oxygen in the deep levels of the water because this lake has no river coming in to do that. And the result of that very expensive try - the lake is now clear and fresh again, it makes fun to swim there and a lot of fish found a new home.

Leaving Weßling the next town would be Gilching, but we take the entrance to the highway to Munich. We have just passed the German Center of Aerospace and these halls, you see now on the right hand side, belong to the area of RUAG in Oberpfaffenhofen. This company is a big service company in the airplane brand.

You see, the five-lakes-area in the Starnberg district connects a marvellous vacation area with modern industry, very fine included in the landscape. I guess now, you want see our famous Bavaria in reality, please come, I will wait for you with my airportshuttle service on Munich airport. Till the next virtual trip

sincerely yours


For the fans of "Charlemagne" here the legend of his birth in the mill of Gauting:

Around the year 740 the franconian king Pippin stayed in a castle near the village Weihenstephan. To there the king of the Bretagne sent a legation with a picture of his girl Berta with the hope king Pippin perhaps will like and marry her. And so happened, king Pippin was enjoyed of that picture and sent his housekeeper and adjudant to fetch that girl. But, his mayor domus had himself a daughter and the plan to get more might by engage her with his king. So, as the envoy was near Gauting on the backway he gave the order to his knights to kill the poor Berta.

His knights are not so cruel, they let her run and killed instead a dog to bring a bloody heart as a prove back to their master. The poor girl found after some days in the big wood that small mill and stayed there. How things happen, seven years later king Pippin was hunting in that area. In the evening he rested in that mill, saw the girl and saw another main important thing. She weared a special ring, what he had sent once to her as a gift for engagement. So he discover what had happened. People told, in the same night Berta was pregnant by the king. He leaved her in the mill, went home, punish his treacherous housekeeper, throwed his wife (the girl of that housekeeper, you remember) out of his castle and then he went back to pick-up Berta.

But you know, in the old times roads were long and bad. So all things need time and to clean off all friends of the treator in the king's castle too, I guess. The legend tells, in the meantime Berta had born a little son and so this "little Charles" was set in that world what later on named him "Charlemagne".

I hope, you had some fun by the story (or my bad translation, what shalls). Take care till our next meeting in Bavaria

again your George from the Munich Airportshuttle

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