Lake Eibsee is located in Grainau, Bavaria, not that far outside of Munich. It is one of the most impressive locations I have ever paddled, and after visiting it the second time, it is still not off my Bucket list.
The lake is at the bottom of the “Ammergauer Alps”, where also Germany’s highest mountain “Zugspitze” is located, those alps alone are worth a visit, as you can hike, bike or just gaze up there. At the bottom of the mountain, you will find two restaurants and is also the station to get up to Zugspitze by cable car.
Besides 3 designated parking areas you will find a souvenir shop as well as a public toilet and at least a couple of vending machines filled with liquid refreshments, a hotel, and 2 restaurants. Also, some hiking trails can be found near the arrival point.
How to get there
By car were you can easily find your way to the lake by just following the road signs. In the navigation system, you can use the destination of the parking lodge. There is only one designated parking area around the lake and plenty of parking spaces available if you come during the offseason. A day ticket for parking will be around 5€.
By bus, which is included in your guest card and goes several times daily. If you stay in Grainau, it is included in your visitor’s tax. , make sure to ask for it at the front desk if not offered to you.
The Bus is also taking you to the same spot as a car and might be the cheaper and more environmental friendly option.
Where to enter Eibsee with my SUP?
When you arrive at the parking lot or at the bus station, you only have to move straight down to the lake. On your left, you will pass a souvenir shop and on your right, you will see a restaurant, followed by a wooden boathouse. Right after the boathouse, you will find two pathways down to the water. Choose the latter, as it will give you more space to access with your SUP. From here you can start to explore in whichever direction you like.
The tour on Lake Eibsee
As you can see I never did a whole round tour of the lake. It took me both times several hours to do those tours. The opportunity to stop and enjoy and explore is almost endless and I took my time enjoying the remote places you can find at the lake. The place is so mesmerizing, just sitting and staring feels really rewarding but there are plenty of niches and islands to explore. I really recommend seeing Braxensee and Untersee.
Braxensee is a great location to take a dip this place is unreal.
What I love about Lake Eibsee
Why visit Eibsee?
- The watercolor is insane.
- The lake is huge, hence it does not feel crowded.
- Nature overload with the surrounding forest.
- A full view on mountain Zugspitze.
- On your SUP you just have the best view in the middle of the lake.
- A full-day adventure.
- The whole area is worth a visit.
- Plenty of surrounding lakes to explore.
How to treat the lake?
- Tourists bring a lot of stuff. This means, to make sure that you take everything of your own stuff when you leave, or even more, take something you find along the way.
- The ecosystem of the lake is fully functional at the moment. To keep it this way please use only water and lake life-friendly Sunscreen when you go swimming. Chemicals used in sun protection can cause damage to the lake’s natural balance.
Before you go to the lake you can also check up on everything under https://www.eibsee.de/. Here you will find information about the weather at the lake, boat rental availabilities and if restaurants are open.
Best time to go to lake Eibsee
- My favorite time to go is autumn, as Germany just looks stunning during late September and Oktober. The leaves are yellow-golden and red, the air has this crisp feeling and you can almost taste the woods. In October lake Eibsee gets also quieter as the boot rental is closed down and not as many people come for camping.
- Summer, Spring, and Winter will also be an amazing time to visit the lake.
- Go also to Braxensee for a dip in summer. This place will blow your mind!
What to bring?
- Solid Shoes, as the ground can be challenging and slippery
- Leash, the lake is up to 36 Meter deep
- PFD or West is a must in winter!
- Drink and Snacks
- Mobile Phone
Read more on what to bring on a SUP Tour here and find some free checklist to download.
Leave a comment below in case of questions or if you would like to add something. As always enjoy your time on the water and stay safe.