Water sports and swimming in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
A refreshing experience in nature
The summits of the surrounding mountains are mirrored in the water. All you hear is the chirping of the birds and the gentle burbling of the stream. When summer arrives in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, moments of joy are right within reach.
How about diving into a crystal-clear mountain lake? After a brisk hike in the Bavarian Alps, a refreshing dip in the cold water feels just amazing. Be it Lake Pflegersee, Lake Riessersee or Lake Eibsee – the natural beauty of these lakes is practically right at your feet.
You’d like to explore the mountains a little differently? Then experience the magic of the water in a new and exciting way by stand-up paddling! Or go on an action-packed rafting adventure on the Loisach river! Blissful moments in the liquid element can be experienced all over the place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen!
Natural pools in the Bavarian Alps
The natural pool in the southeastern outskirts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a multi-faceted excursion destination. The picturesque bathing lake with 12,500 square metres is great fun for water fans of all ages, water sports enthusiasts as well as relaxation-seekers. The view of the world-famous ski jump and of the Wank are the icing on the cake.
The Lake is continuously fed by the fresh mountain water of the Kanker, that’s why the water temperature is usually at a cool 18 to 22 degrees – just amazing!
Pflegersee bathing beach
A true inside tip: Lake Pflegersee is located directly underneath the Königstand at the Kramer mountain range. The natural sunbathing meadows and the old trees will remind you of a quaint historic bathing beach. Colourful rowing boats and a small wooden dock make for its unique charm.
“Beautiful” to know: The little moor lake is said to have an especially positive effect on hair and skin. Just try it!
Riessersee bathing beach
Lake Riessersee is a historic gem with exceptional mountain views. As the namesake of the local ice hockey team and competition site of the Olympic Winter Games in 1936, the charming lake is well-known and popular among winter sports enthusiasts!
It’s the perfect location to let your mind wander, kick back and relax – or to get some exercise and invigorate your mind. When skies are clear, the Zugspitze is even mirrored in the water.
Mountain lake tip: You can splash about to your heart’s content at the surrounding mountain lakes of Garmisch-Partenkirchen as well. Be it Geroldsee or Eibsee – discover amazing feel-good oases outside in nature!
Throw yourself into the roaring surf of the Alpspitz wave pool, rush down the freefall speed slide or do your laps in the outdoor pool. You will then find some well-deserved relaxation in the huge sauna area. Regardless of what you are in the mood for, whether adventure or tranquility - the leisure pool in Garmisch-Partenkirchen makes it possible.
Sports and fun in Bavarian waters
Rafting on the Loisach
An experience that leaves all visitors utterly thrilled: rafting in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Equipped with paddle, neoprene suit, life vest and a helmet, you can go on an exciting raft trip on the crystal-clear Loisach river. Perfect for all those who try rafting for the first time. A heaping serving of thrill and fun in the whitewater included!
A journey of exploration by kayak and rubber raft
Plenty of adventures await you at the “white water school” in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as well. Certified and experienced whitewater guides will show you the most beautiful paddling locations in the region. They’ll lead you through easy whitewater passages and along romantic water meadows. In the kayak or in a rubber raft – in Bavaria, you’ll get to know the fascinating world of the Alps in an entirely new way.
Did you know? The Loisach was the competition site of the Whitewater World Championships in 2004!
Stand-up paddling in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
You listen to the gentle burble of the water, you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, and the oxygen invigorates your whole body. That’s pure happiness! During stand-up paddling, you can experience beautiful moments on the lake that you’ll always remember!
And if you like, you can take part in a beginner’s course or rent a board at the SUP school.