Rock Pool Pottenstein

If you are looking for the perfect combination of bathing lake and outdoor swimming pool, the rock pool at Pottenstein in the Fränkische Schweiz region is the place to go. Sitting between idyllic cliffs, this natural bath has been welcoming guests since 1926. Arguably  the oldest outdoor pool in Bavaria, it is the perfect place to cool down after a strenuous walk from the train station at Pegnitz through the region's characteristic landscape of caves, hills and mountains. Bathers can also discover the nearby summer sled run and the "devil's cave" in Pottenstein.  

Lake Ammersee 

From Bavaria's oldest outdoor swimming pool, we now go to its third-largest lake. The Ammersee is located around 40 kilometres south-west of Munich. As well as attracting bathers, the lake is also a mecca for windsurfers. In the windsurfing school at Herrsching, visitors can go on courses and rent the necessary equipment right away. Best of all, the school is just five minutes' walk from the station in Herrsching.

The Wöhrder See in Nuremberg

If you are looking for a place to cool down on a hot day in Nuremberg, you don't even have to leave the city centre. The Wöhrder See lake is located centrally between Nuremberg Tech and the Nuremberg College of Music. Here in the centre of the Franconian metropolis, students, locals and visitors alike can relax, enjoy the beauty of nature, swim, ride a pedalo or try out stand-up paddling. Swimming is only allowed in the official bathing area on the southern bank of the lake, however. For children, there is also a large water playground.

Canyoning in Reutte

Canyoning is all about crossing waterfalls, jumping into natural pools, exploring narrow gorges, abseiling down cliffs and pushing your own boundaries. If you're looking for heart-pounding, team-based action on the water with an incredible view of the Lechtal Alps, why not try out rafting in Reutte. Here, visitors can enjoy a seven-hour raft tour through the roaring rapids of the river Lech.

Rowing on the Pegnitz

If you prefer your rivers a bit more tranquil, you will enjoy rowing on the Pegnitz. The river offers several kilometres of canoe tours through the unspoiled nature of Franconia. Novices can get support on guided tours and courses. Please note that all canoe tours require registration. The contact details can be found here. Please mention if you would like to start the tour directly beneath the train station in Rupprechtstegen, as this is only possible upon request. 

The Lido at Feldafing

The lido at Feldafing also offers plenty of relaxation. Even after 90 years, this traditional lido is still a secret tip for fans of Lake Starnberger. As well as bathing in the lake, visitors can also try out activities like stand-up paddling and volleyball. For the youngsters, there is a sandbox and supervised non-swimmer area with a water slide.

Lake Brombachsee

Located near the town of Pleinfeld in Middle Franconia, the Brombachsee offers extensive bathing areas and is a one-hour walk from the train station. Alongside its rolling coves and meadows, the lake also allows visitors to try out windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddling.

The "Felsenbad" lido in Pottenstein

Destination: Felsenbad lido in Pottenstein

Nearest train station: Pegnitz

Surfing and stand-up paddling on Lake Ammer

Destination: Wind surfing school in Herrsching

Nearest train station: Herrsching

Lake Wöhrder in Nuremberg

Destination: Lake Wöhrder

Nearest train station: Nürnberg Hbf (Nuremberg main station)

A wild water adventure in Tyrol

Go on a wild water rafting or canyoning trip with an experienced guide.

Destination: Reutte in Tirol station

Nearest train station: Reutte in Tirol

Paddling down the Pegnitz is for the mind and soul

Destination: Kanutom

Nearest train station: Rupprechtstegen

Lido steeped in tradition in Feldafing

After 90 years, this bathing spot remains an insider's tip for fans of Lake Starnberg.

Destination: Feldafing Lido

Nearest train station: Possenhofen

Watersports on Lake Brombach

Action on the lake: Lake Brombach – a sports paradise

Destination: VDWS Surfschule Langlau

Nearest train station: Langlau


It's a child's dream at Legoland Günzburg

Snowkiting in the Franconian Forest

Rambling in the Maisinger Canyon near Starnberg

The Bavaria Filmstadt in Grünwald

The best sushi at Lamondi in Bayreuth

Blacksmithing course in Kissing

Rush of adrenaline on the toboggan run in Kronach

Sledding on the Breitenberg in the Allgäu

Go skating in Upper Bavaria

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