Bavarian Lakes at the Foot of the Alps, Germany
Two lakes in southern Bavaria, Germany, are visible amidst the snow at the foot of the Alps. The green area free of snow, to their right, is the city of Munich.
Lake Starnberg (in German: Starnberger See), the lake closer to the mountains, is Germany’s fourth largest lake and a popular recreation area for the nearby city of Munich.
The lake, which was created by ice age glaciers from the Alps, extends 21 km (14 miles) from north to south and has a width of 3-5 km (2-3.5 miles) from east to west.
It has a single, small island, the Roseninsel, and a single outlet, the Würm river (because of this river the lake was called the Würmsee until 1962). Its major inflow comes from a chain of small lakes in the south, Osterseen.
Northwest of Lake Starnberg lies Ammersee, one of the five largest lakes in Germany. It has a surface area of approximately 47 km2, is located at an elevation of 520 m, and has a maximum depth of 81 m.
Like other Bavarian lakes, Ammersee developed as a result of the ice age glaciers melting. Ammersee is fed by the River Ammer which flows as Amper out of the lake.