Lake Schliersee just 45 minutes south of Munich is hardly a secret. But venture off the beaten track and you’ll find Schliersee has far more to offer than the Schliersberg Alm and the Wendelstein. From rustic farm cafés and historical buildings, to lake-side beach bars and hiking adventures: Servus Schliersee recommends 10 insider tips for your next visit here on the edge of the Bavarian Alps.
Rustic charm and fabulous cakes at Hofcafé Krauthof
The Hofcafé Krauthof on the outskirts of Miesbach is one of the best farm cafés to be found near Schliersee. This family run location in the idyllic Untere Wies is the perfect alternative to the popular Hennererhof café at Schliersee. Come here for breakfast (with coffee or Prosecco) on the way to Schliersee, or stop off on the way home for fantastic homemade cakes and snacks. All ingredients are either from the farm itself or sourced from nearby businesses. Inside there is even a small play area for younger kids.
Dip your toes in the water from the comfort of a deckchair at Kiosk Lauber Beach
From afar, the kiosk appears rather inconspicuous. Venture in and you will discover a beautiful sunny terrace on a wooden footbridge, shady deckchairs right on the shore and an unobstructed view of the Schliersee mountains. The Lauber Beach kiosk is open all year round and offers various drinks, coffee, ice cream and snacks such as Wiener and Flammkuchen. Stop here for refreshments on the easy walk around the Schliersee, or combine it with a stop at the bathing area and playground in good weather. You can even hire a pedal boat!
Fresh fish and fine wine at Schliersee Fishery
The Schliersee fishery, which opened in 2019, is located in the center of town and is characterized by it’s modern but traditional craftsmanship. The young team brings a breath of fresh air to the otherwise traditional culinary scene here in Upper Bavaria. Whether fresh or smoked, to eat in or take away, the fish is fantastic. Stop in on your way through Schliersee, grab one of the few seats available and enjoy a cool glass of wine with a fresh fish platter. Check the opening times on their website to avoid disappointment.
Industrial history at the former mine in Hausham
Those interested in the history of the region may be surprised to learn of Schliersee’s mining history. Just outside Schliersee in Hausham, the Bergwerk was in operation from 1860 to 1966 and is the only surviving industrial monument from the mining era in Upper Bavaria. Unfortunately the 40-meter privately-owned tower can only be viewed from the outside. A museum is planned to open in the future.
Discover the Pfanngraben on a hike to the Rotwand
The hike to the Rotwand is one of the most well-known tours in the region. Most hikers are however unaware of the alternative ascent via the Pfanngraben. The landscape here in the Valepp is beautifully rugged and unique to the region. The path weaves past several waterfalls and on to the summit in just over 3 hours. This route is longer than the classic ascent from the southern shore of Spitzingsee. We highly recommend making time to discover this scenic piece of Bavarian nature.
Food & Drinks at Campingplatz Schliersee
In 2020, the campsite on the western shore of Lake Schliersee was brought back to life with a new concept: No longer a mere camping site, a large terrace and beach bar are now open to holidaymakers, daytrippers and locals alike. Stop by on a stroll around Schliersee, grab a drink at the Bulli bar and take in the views from a deckchair at the beach bar. Food is served all day, with burgers, pizza from the in-house Pizzeria and soulfood bowls on the menu. This spot directly on the waters edge is still widely unknown.
Mystical waters at Grünsee
Most visitors to Schliersee have never heard of the nearby Grünsee. This hidden mountain lake southwest of the Spitzingsee is the perfect spot for a break during a hike to the Roßkopf or Rotkopf. As the name suggests, the lake shimmers in a radiant green colour all year round. Even on the busiest hiking days you can find a brief moment of peace and tranqualitly here.
Biergarten at Markus Wasmeier Open Air Museum
Anyone visiting Schliersee will have heard of the Markus Wasmeier Open Air Museum. What most people don’t know: the museum boasts one of the largest beer gardens in Schliersee. With views of the Brecherspitz and wide open space for kids to play, it’s a beautiful spot to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with the whole family. Those coming purely for the refreshments wont be disappointed: the beer served here comes from the museum’s own historic brewery located behind the restaurant.
Waterfall Bayrischzell & Grüne Gumpe
Looking for a spot to cool off that’s not as overrun at the Josefthaler waterfalls at Schliersee? The Bayrischzell waterfall is located just a few minutes walk from the Bayrischzell train station and is one of our favourite spots in summer. The hiking trail is well developed and suitable for the whole family (not buggy-friendly). Make a day out of it and extend you visit with a short hike along the panoramic circular trail, passing the Grüne Gumpe and a large water playground to the north. End the day with refreshments at the beautiful Bergcafé Siglhof.
This imposing rotunda was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is located near the district town of Miesbach. The striking building is responsible for a significant portion of Munich’s water requirements and embodies the architectural style from before the First World War. The Reisach castle is embedded in the beautiful forest and meadow landscape of the Mangfall valley and makes for a great lunch stop on a bike tour from Schliersee.