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Ammersee, Herrsching am Ammersee

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Ammersee is a Zungenbecken lake in Upper Bavaria, Germany, southwest of Munich between the towns of Herrsching and Dießen am Ammersee. With a surface area of approximately 47km2, it is the sixth largest lake in Germany. The lake is at an elevation of 533m, and has a maximum depth of 81m. 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.Ammersee and the Amper are part of the ancient Celtic amber trading route leading to the Brenner Pass.The word Ammer is a 13th-century form of Amper, the Celtic *ambra, deriving from the Indo-European *ombh-, *mbh- "wet, Water".Passenger services have operated on the lake since 1879. Today they are operated by the Bayerische Seenschifffahrt company, using a mixture of historic paddle steamers and motor ships.EcologyThe lake's water generally has been of very good quality since a circular sewerage system was introduced in the 1960s collecting all wastewater from around the lake and transporting it to a treatment plant below the lake's outlet at Eching.
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  • Scenic, pleasant and lovely to walk round the Ammersee is lovely. There's a whole host of things to do around, across and (sometimes) in the lake too. Worth a visit.  more »
  • The weather was wonderful (29 and sunny). Everyone was wearing swimsuit and enjoying that weather. There are places for drinking, eating and just sitting down to enjoy the calm, breeze and sun. I real...  more »
  • There are two options for a cruise boat on Ammersee for about two hours each. The North part and the South part with few stops, good on board service snacks and softdrinks beer and wine.  more »