Nestled in the picturesque Tegernsee Valley, Rottach-Egern lies near Germany’s border with Austria at the southern end of Tegernsee Lake. It’s dominated by the summit of the Wallberg, which is a popular skiing and sledding destination in the winter and a launching point for paragliders.
Things to do in Rottach Egern
A short walk from the centre of Rottach-Egern is the former home of Ludwig Thoma, a German author who was renowned for his descriptions of everyday Bavarian life. Also not to miss is the Museum im Gsotthaber Hof, where you’ll find antique carriages, agricultural tools and forestry equipment. Once forming part of a Benedictine monastery, its beautiful building came into the hands of horse-lover Thomas Böck, who began the museum’s collection.
Climb to the 1,722-metre-high peak of the Wallberg for sweeping views across Rottach-Egern, the glistening waters of Lake Tegernsee and the surrounding Alps. Located just below the summit is the Wallberg Panorama Restaurant, which boasts a 270-degree glass facade that is ideal for watching the paragliders and hanggliders soaring nearby.
Alternatively, you can jump aboard one of the pleasure boats that cruise the waters of Lake Tegernsee to marvel at the Wallberg from below. See works by the Norwegian painter and caricaturist Olaf Gulbransson at the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegernsee or learn about the lake’s ecology at the Aquadome. At the northern end of the lake is Strandbad Kaltenbrunn, which is an idyllic spot to swim in the summer months.
Getting around Rottach Egern
Rottach-Egern is around an hour’s drive from Munich and Munich International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and the Middle East. Buses travel to Rottach-Egern and ferries connect to towns along the shores of Lake Tegernsee.