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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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  • The Ammersee is recommended if you want to combine city and nature. You will find beautiful trails for hiking around Lake Ammer.
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  • You can walk on the forever long shore, not only beautifully but also swim, surf and sail. And in the winter, but mostly along the shore, skate or play ice hockey and curling. Not to mention, once to the Lake to cycle. These are 44 km and there are not only the old Villa, where you can click. However, even a jazz band in the beer garden plays on Sunday.
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  • It was one of those beautiful days last Sunday, where Bavaria's Lakes show up in the most beautiful sunlight with small puff of white clouds. The Sun is reflected in the water and the gravel crunch under the shoes comfortable walking along the lake shore.
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