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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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  • Very pleasant holiday destination, close to the best beer region can be found. Not far from the Andechs Abbey. Also to take pictures – not the last visit will have been his.
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  • We were over the weekend in Herrsching, and made a beautiful large lake cruise. Well takes three hours tour, twice a stop 18 euros per person with the possibility. To either buy the ticket before driving or while - controls is at the exit. The ships are very clean with nice seating, partly in the shade. As expected was the catering on board slightly more expensive, but as far as. Who wants to spend a leisurely day, is surely right in here.
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  • Environment is not as intoxicating. Cycling network provides no such beautiful views. Nature of the cycle very well.
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