Starnberger See is a gorgeous lake about thirty minutes south of Munich surrounded by charming towns, hiking trails and views of the Bavarian Alps. It is full of history being home to the Possenhofen Castle where Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) spent her childhood summers and well as where her cousin King Ludwig II took refuge on Rose Island, lived in Berg Castle and mysteriously drowned. After a few months in lockdown we were wanting a change of scenery not too far from home. Lake Starnberg looked to be a nice week away where we could take in the history, do a little hiking and spend lazy days on the shores of the lake.
Our Airbnb in Seeshaupt was walking distance to the lake and town, comfortably slept eight, had a gorgeous kitchen and refreshing pool that was nice for a quick dip.
Lake Starnberg has towns and beaches all around the lake for swimming, dining, sailing, canoeing and relaxing. We spent most of our time relaxing and trying out several different beaches, but did explore outside Seeshaupt driving around the lake stopping to eat and shop a bit. There is a train that runs from Munich down the west side of the lake to Tutzing and is nice option when going to the town of Starnberg.
There is plenty to see and do at Lake Starnberg, but also great activities within an easy drive from the lake. Hiking around Osterseen (we ate lunch a cute spot called Waldhaus am Fohnsee) and the Alpine Coaster in Oberammergau were two that we really enjoyed bad weather and all!