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Munich and Nearby Lakes by the Bavarian Alps, Germany

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May 4th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Mountains

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Germany - April 28th, 2010

Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, Germany, is visible as a grey area (upper left quadrant) on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Several lakes are also visible nearby, including Ammersee and Lake Starnberg to the southwest and Chiemsee to the southeast.

Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. There are approximately 1.35 million people living within city limits, while the Munich Metropolitan Area (including the urban areas of Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Rosenheim and Landshut) is home to over 5 million people.

Munich lies on the elevated plains of Upper Bavaria, about 50 km north of the northern edge of the Alps, at an altitude of about 520 m (1,706.04 ft) ASL. The city is situated in the Northern Alpine Foreland. The northern part of this sandy plateau includes a highly fertile flint area which is no longer affected by the folding processes found in the Alps, while the southern part is covered with morainic hills.

Bavarian Lakes at the Foot of the Alps, Germany

March 5th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Lakes near Alps, Germany - March 1st, 2009

Lakes near Alps, Germany - March 1st, 2009

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.