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Nice but potentially half empty

The lake is at a nice location, you see Schloß Neuschwanstein in the background and there is an... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2018
Stefan G
Visit to Schwangau

We came obviously to visit the castles I'm the area, but figured a day by the lake for a picnic... read more

Reviewed April 17, 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

The Forggensee is a reservoir in the German state of Bavaria. The lake is located just north of Füssen. The artificial lake was taken into use 1954. Normally the surface of the lake is approx. 15 square km. But this Summer, the lake was almost...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul B
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

This lake has no water in it as of September 2018. What a bummer. No pictures. 3 stars for the water level and whatever led to this disaster on the area. No Ferris. No water sports. Obviously.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carlito106
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Alice Springs in Central Australia has the Todd River running through its centre. Every year they hold the Todd River boat race. As the Todd River is generally bone dry, this requires rowers to use their legs rather than their arms for propulsion, with legs...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Monty458
Reviewed July 25, 2018

The lake is at a nice location, you see Schloß Neuschwanstein in the background and there is an ancient roman bridge inside of it. However you need to know that it has a reduced water level during certain months in the year as it is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Stefan G
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

the lake has almost gone we are here right now 13th July and it's more of a puddle. the locals are saying it's never been this low before.

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank doncasterstu
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

We are here right now. Still no lake. No lake. Dried up. Could have been nice. Also would have been nice to know or have some offer of a free meal or discount... nothing

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank 39jenp
Reviewed June 24, 2018

We stayed at a hotel near this lake and unfortunately, it has been drained unless the dam has been repaired. The area is pretty and you are able to walk on the lake bed with the river running through it (very shallow).

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank lkis229
Reviewed June 19, 2018

Set in the foreground of some of the most beautiful mountains in the German Alps and directly near Castle Neuschwanstein this man-made lake can be amazing if the water level is high enough. Call ahead, please.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 911vancep
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

We went in June 2018 and there was no lake! It had dried up completely. Ask a local before deciding to visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

We came obviously to visit the castles I'm the area, but figured a day by the lake for a picnic would be nice. Imagine our surprise to find the lake gone. Dried up. Locals are worried too as this is the worst it's ever been....More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank dadto5
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February 8, 2017|
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Response from Catherine K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is water in the Forggensee all year round. Catherine
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Response from Norfolkseagull | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure on that one. Sorry.
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Camden, South Carolina
day trip to Fussen (3 Replies)
We are going to be in Garmisch for 3 days in Sept. and are planning a day trip to Fussen to see the castles. Will we have time to also do the Tegelburg cable car and summer luge too. We don't want to be so rushed that we don't have time to enjoy what we are seeing. I had also considered a boat ride on Lake Forggensee but haven't really seen any comment from anyone about the lake tour,
January 21, 2012|
Response fromemilysmom2003|
Are you planning on going by train or car? The train route from Garmisch, via Reutte in Austria, to Fuessen is spectacular. The days are long, at least early in September, so you will probably have plenty of time. You can reserve your castle tour tickets on line ahead of time.
Keri K
Hugo, Minnesota
Boat trip on Lake Fussen (5 Replies)
I've seen boat tours around Lake Forggensee.. has anyone does this/can recommend? I found a brochure and pricing was about 12,50 euro but I'm just curious what this includes. Which castles would be worth seeing there besides Neuschwanstein? Has anyone kayaked or canoed on Lake Fussen?
April 25, 2016|
Response fromKeri K|
The brochure is very pixelated and tough to pull up and see clearly. I was wondering what it all entailed, is it a quick trip, does it include refreshments, is it worth it, etc. Thank you for the info to the previous poster, from the pictures it looks amazing. If we are staying in Munich can this all be done in a day trip? Doing the boat ride and seeing both castles?
Swimming in lakes in Bavarian Alps (4 Replies)
Could you please recommend good lakes for swimming in Bavarian Alps (between Oberreute and Fussen)? I checked on the Web, there are a lot of lakes (Großer Alpsee , Niedersonthofener , Rottachspeicher, Gruntensee, Alpsee, Hopfensee, Forggensee, Bannwaldsee and so on ), but i'm not sure in which one we can swim....
May 24, 2012|
Response fromTreplow|
The on;y ones I am not sure of that they have swimming facilities are Rottachspeicher, und Gruntensee. But be forwarned: Some are pretty cold, certainly colder than Lake Ontario!