Kaltenbrunn in Winter, © Der Tegernsee, Christoph Schempershofe

For families: Gmund

Gmund, at the source of River Mangfall, is known as the gateway to Lake Tegernsee. If you approach the lake from the north, you’ll immediately experience the idyllic rural atmosphere of the TEGERNSEE region.

Nature lovers come here all year long to walk the narrow paths across the rolling hills, passing old farmhouses and country roads lined with old trees. Cows, goats and even lamas graze placidly in the fragrant pastures, delighting young and old alike. On a farm holiday in Gmund, you’ll be treated like part of the family – even by the tame animals in the meadows.

And Gmund has plenty more to offer. It’s an ideal place for hikers and mountain bikers to start multi-day trips, including one of the gentler trails across the Alps to Sterzing and the famous long-distance cycle routes from Lake Constance to Lake Königssee and from Munich to Venice.