Direct connections between Munich and Kochel on regional train services (approximately 1 hr). From Kochel train station please take an RVO (Regionalverkehr Oberbayern) bus to Walchensee.
Freeway A95 to exit Murnau/Kochel, then follow signs for Kochel via Schlehdorf. From Kochel, follow signs for Walchensee on the infamous and steep Kesselberg pass road (B11). A third of the shoreside is freely accessible by car, another third on a toll road. No designated parking areas!
RVO (Regionalverkehr Oberbayern) buses connect Kochel (train station) and Walchensee about 6 times a day.
The mountain road between Kochel and Walchensee (Kesselberg road) is scenic and panoramic and therefore often misused as a race track! If you take a car or motorbike, please be safe and considerate of others using this road.
It's the most picturesque lake in the Bavarian pre-Alps and a lot less crowded than the rest. Hugely popular with wind surfers, it offers breathtaking scenery and crystal clear blue waters.
Walchensee is still a secret, even among the citizens of Munich. It is tucked away above Kochelsee, its little brother in the plain below, and offers a great day out.
Go for a bike ride or walk along the shores or a swim (being the deepest lake in Bavaria doesn't mean it's also the coldest) or just have a picnic on the pebbly shores (please take your litter home, you're in a nature reserve!). However, most people come here for windsurfing. Stick your board into the high winds that mostly blow in the afternoon to take in the experience.
There is no through road for cars and the main attraction is the location itself. The surrounding mountains and forests make for a beautiful panorama, and on a sunny day Walchensee's surface shows its sapphire blue - drinking water quality!
For those with mountaineering ambitions, there is more than one summit to tackle. The full circle around Walchensee is about 27 k (16 miles) on foot or bicycle. The only village, also called Walchensee, offers a campsite and the usual array of tourist amenities.
Escape Address: Seestraße, 82432 Walchensee, Walchensee (Kochel am See), Bavaria, Germany
Tackle Herzogstand mountain (1731 m above sea level) from Walchensee village - on foot or, more comfortably, by cable car. Once you are on the top, there is a possible extension to the Heimgarten summit (1790 m) on a high level walk. Please observe weather conditions and only go in appropriate gear!
For those interested in modern arts, the Franz Marc museum in Kochel am See on nearby Kochelsee is a must. Marc is the one with the colourful horses and famous member of the artist group Blauer Reiter (Blue Rider) who formed an important part of German expressionism in the early 20th century. Like many of the group, he lived in the area. Marc died in WWI.
Technology buffs might want to check out the Walchensee hydro power station (Walchenseekraftwerk) from the 1920ies, well visible from Kochelsee below. It takes advantage of the difference in level between the two lakes and was the idea of engineer Oskar von Miller, founder of the Deutsches Museum Munich.