Hackensee: The Magical Winter Lake in Photos

deitramszell hackensee

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:

Fishing cabin in the middle of the Hackense near Deitramszell in Bavaria

Snow covered reeds and trees surround the lake

The lake was so beautiful with all the snow-covered trees

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.

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.


  1. Muza-chan April 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures 🙂

  2. InsideJourneys April 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Very lovely. So’s that cappuccino!

  3. Sabrina April 12, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I have my mind set on summer these days already, so the snowy pics kind of surprised me 🙂 They’re beautiful though!

  4. Leigh April 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    What beautiful photos Laurel! The top one with the reflection is really wonderful. It certainly sounds like you are out exploring non stop. Wonderful.

  5. Lisa April 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Snow and sunny skies do make for beautiful photos! I do hope that the snow has now disappeared in your part of the world and given away to sunny spring skies!

  6. Dick Jordan April 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Neat winter photos. I must have come quite close to that place when I drove from Munich to Reutte, Austria, back in September, 2009.

  7. American Lifestyle & Travel April 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    This is sooo beautiful! You know, although I have lived in the Munich area for the last twenty years or so, I have never done a winter hike in the area. Your photos are going to make me change this ;). Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cathy Sweeney April 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I think that would be a mighty cold swim! You made the right choice. These photos are quite beautiful, Laurel.

  9. Jeff Titelius April 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    These photos are magnificent my friend. One day, you must be my tour guide through Bavaria!! And after our hike, my treat for Bavarian pastries and coffee!!

  10. Zhu April 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    These pictures are amazing! Without knowing the location, I would have said “New Zealand”, it has the same kind of wild amazing landscapes. Feels cold though!

  11. Raymond @ Man On The Lam April 13, 2012 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Okay these are spectacular! Honestly. Each one is suitable for framing. 🙂

  12. Denise April 13, 2012 at 3:37 am - Reply

    some beautiful photos here. The first one is my favourite.

  13. Mary @ The World Is A Book April 13, 2012 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos! Love the first one – it looks like a postcard with the reflections.

  14. Sophie April 13, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Another little bit of Germany I didn’t know about even though I live just a ferry ride away… So beautiful!

  15. Vincent April 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Stunning shots! the first one is simply amazing! Bavaria is a part of Germany I never been to but it looks wonderful!

  16. Nancie April 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    These are stunning. What a beautiful part of the world. I’m surprised you didn’t jump right in 🙂

  17. Jenna April 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    So beautiful. Sun and fresh snow are such a perfect combination.

  18. Turkey's For Life April 16, 2012 at 6:23 am - Reply

    So lucky that you go the sin and snow on the same day. It’s made for some great photos. Glad you had your phone with you! 🙂

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