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Riessersee, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Riessersee is a German lake located in southwest Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The lake itself hosted the speed skating events and 10 of the 37 ice hockey games for the 1936 Winter Olympics. Adjacent to the lake, the bobsleigh events took place.Bobsleigh trackOriginally constructed in 1910, the track was renovated in 1933 and was 1525m long. Costing RM 155,000 to complete, the track was used for the 1936 Games. Having seven different seating locations, the track could seat 17,940 and the events were sold out during competition. The track was demolished in 1966. Remnants of the track can be seen on sleigh rides near the lake.No turn names are given for the track.Besides the 1936 Winter Games, it also hosted the FIBT World Championships in 1934 (four-man), 1938 (four-man), 1953, and 1962.
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  • This is a nice small lake with stunning scenery. It's very easily accessible from Garmisch and Grainau, so no logistical headache. Water in this lake is a bit muddy and not as clear as in Eibsee, but ...  more »
  • Beautiful small lake with scenic view on the mountains very close to Garmisch Partenkirchen. There is an easy walk trail around the lake which doesn't take more than 30 minutes  more »
  • We took a picnic lunch here on a glorious autumn day and were not disappointed. Tbe lake, the mountains. It was so picturesque. And the faciliites were good - lots of park benches and bins. The stroll...  more »