Town Tegernsee in Winter, © Der Tegernsee, Dietmar Denger

For culture: Tegernsee Town

Way back in the eighth century, Benedictine monks founded the abbey and its brewery on the southeast banks of the lake, laying the foundation for a culture that has grown and flourished ever since.

More than 200 years ago, King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria acquired the secularised abbey has to be his summer residence. This was the beginning of a close relationship that has left many traces; the Herzogliche Bräustüberl brewery is just one example. The people of Tegernsee love culture just as much as they love their traditions. High-calibre concerts cover everything from classical music to folk, while the Olaf Gulbransson Museum and the Tegernseer Tal Museum have a reputation for hosting impressive exhibitions.

Tegernsee Castle

Tegernsee Abbey was founded in the eighth century. Today, as Tegernsee Castle and owned by the House of Wittelsbach, the building is home to not only the famous Herzogliche Bräustüberl brewery but also Tegernsee Grammar School and the church of St. Quirinus.

What’s more, celebration is a way of life for the people of Tegernsee. Join in the traditional Waldfest – “Forest Festival” – in the Schmetterlingsgarten (“Butterfly Garden”) or visit the Seefest, one of three annual lakeside festivals hosted by Bad Wiessee, Rottach-Egern and the Tegernsee Town. Of course, there are also plenty of opportunities to get away from all the excitement. You can relax by sunbathing at the sandy Point bathing spot or sweating it out on the monte mare sauna ship.