Nestled in a valley in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, you will find Lake Tegernsee with five pretty little villages around it shoreline. A little less than an hour’s drive southeast of the bustling city of Munich, it is a very popular destination for those wanting to enjoy fresh air, the lake’s beautiful turquoise blue waters and the views of mountain peaks that lie just beyond.
Whether boating or enjoying other water sports on the lake, hiking in the foothills of the Alps, shopping in small boutiques, having a meal in one of the many restaurants or simply enjoying a beer at an outdoor beer garden, Lake Tegernsee has a lot to offer anyone visiting this area of Bavaria.
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The five star resort hotel Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt is located on the banks of the Tegernsee in the pretty town of Rottach-Egern. The hotel’s name Überfahrt, which means crossing in German, came about from the early ferrymen that used to row passengers across the lake. You can now take a regular scheduled ferry across the lake from in front of the hotel or from several other points around the lake.
Walking into the Überfahrt, you see that the hotel has a different feel from many of the other traditional Bavarian hotels located around the lake. It is contemporary, with a classical modern decor of polished woods, leather and fabrics in earth tones and wonderful artwork that reflects the history of the area, all of which creates a very stylish resort. With its well designed interior, a five star rated wellness spa and four different restaurants, one being rated three stars by Michelin, the hotel leaves nothing to be desired for anyone on holiday.
After checking in, we enjoyed a delicious pflaumenkuchen, plum cake, and cappuccino in the lobby while we waited for our room to be made ready. A little later, my husband and I were shown to our lovely room that had a balcony with views out over Lake Tegernsee.
The Seehotel Überfahrt made a great base for exploring the beautiful countryside of Bavaria with its romantic castles and pretty villages where the people still enjoy their long held culture and customs. Returning to the hotel each day after sightseeing and before dinner, my husband and I headed down to the hotel’s wonderful spa, 4 Elements, to relax and enjoy the pool, seven different saunas and steam baths.
When making our reservation to stay at the Überfahrt, we selected the hotel’s “dine around” offer that included our room, a buffet breakfast each morning and our nightly meals. You get to choose a three course dinner off the menus from their three specialty restaurants and if you decide on their three star restaurant, you will get a meal credit. Unfortunately, there was a large conference being held at the hotel during our stay so we only got to eat in two of their four restaurants. We had excellent Italian dishes in the restaurant Il Barcaiolo and alpine cuisine in the Egerner Bucht. The modern dining rooms have large windows that look out at the garden and lake beyond and the walls are hung with black and white photos that give the restaurants a contemporary feel.
With its easy proximity to Munich, Lake Tegernsee and the Seehotel Überfahrt made a great base for exploring this section of Bavaria. Even thought it was cooler than normal for early October, my husband and I found fall to be a lovely time of the year to explore the pretty back roads around the lake and the lovely countryside in the surrounding area. It even snowed overnight on our last day in this area of Bavaria, giving the surrounding mountains a pretty dusting of white. I’m sure each season is delightful here, especially summer when you can enjoy all the outdoor activities around the lake.