Every once in a while, you set off on a winter hike with an unexpected wow factor. And that was the case with the Hackensee, located near Diemtramszell, a village just 39km south from Munich.
It’s a much easier hike than what we normally do, and in all honesty, we choose it for its proximity to Munich, since we had spent the morning having had brunch with friends.
It’s east of the more popular Starnberger See and Andechs Monastery. And is definitely off the beaten path. It was supposed to be a 9.2 km round trip hike along forestry roads, but we easily did 12km. Getting lost tends to make for longer hiking. The paths are not well signed, hence why we got lost. I would recommend bringing a GPS, and or a detailed map. Without my iPhone it’s doubtful we would have found both the Kleiner Hackensee (small Hackensee) and the Hackensee. Although the path itself is forested and not much to see, I wouldn’t wanted to have missed this:
You can also go swimming in the Hackensee, in Canada we call that a polar bear swim. Despite being Canadian, I declined, as did my German husband, with a warm mug of cappuccino back in Dietramszell winning out instead.
As I mentioned previously, it was a much easier hike that what we usually do. Normally we prefer hikes with more elevation, like the Herzogstand to the Heimgarten, or my very favorite in the Alps, the Hollentalklamm – a hike on walkways through a gorge.
In winter, I highly recommend the Partnachklamm, also a gorge hike. But unlike the Hollentalklamm which is closed in winter, it’s at its best in winter. Go when it’s really cold. Then it will be dripping with icicles. Similar to the Hackensee, it’s an easy hike, although there are lots of ways you could extend it should you choose so. It’s also much easier to find than the Hackensee. I’m also a big fan of the Hoher Kranzberg, an easy hike with a bit of elevation, but awaiting you at the top is a unique panoramic mountain theatre!
If it wasn’t for the Hackensee itself, I wouldn’t recommend this hike as there’s not much to see as you walk along forested roads – not paths, but I really loved the lake. In summary, go if you live in Munich and are looking to explore something new, but don’t go if you’re visiting as a tourist with limited time. The aforementioned hiking trails offer much more.