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Munich and Nearby Lakes by the Bavarian Alps, Germany

48.1N 11.5E

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.

Salzburg at the Foot of the Alps, Austria

47.8N 13.0E

January 1st, 2010 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Austria - November 30th, 2009

Austria - November 30th, 2009

Salzburg, visible at the foot of the Alps in the upper right quadrant of this orthorectified image, is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg is on the banks of the Salzach River, at the northern boundary of the Alps.

The mountains to Salzburg’s south contrast with the rolling plains to the north. The closest alpine peak– the 1972 m Untersberg– is only a few kilometers from the city center. The Altstadt, or “old town”, is surrounded by two smaller mountains, the Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg, which act as the “green” lungs of the city.

Visible to the west, across the German border is the Chiemsee, a freshwater lake in Bavaria between Rosenheim, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria. It is often called the Bavarian Sea. The rivers Tiroler Achen and Prien flow into the lake, and the river Alz flows out of it. The Chiemsee is divided into the bigger, north section, in the northeast, called Weitsee, and the Inselsee, in the southwest.