With mountains overlooking it and shores filled with hiking trails, Kochelsee has been an attraction to sport enthusiasts and artists alike.
The Expressionist painter Franz Marc called this area his home from the years of 1908 to 1916. A lover of nature, he expressed himself through his various, famous wildlife pieces, before he was killed at the age of 36 in WWI. His work can be admired, along with other artists from "Der Blaue Reiter" at the Franz Marc Museum (at Herzogstandweg 43).
This magnificent lake sprawls an area of around 6 squared kilometres and has a maximum depth of 66 metres. Located about 65 km south of Munich, Kochelsee can be reached via the A95 motorway from Munich to Garmisch and also by taking the S-Bahn to Tutzing (Starnberger See) and transferring to the branch rail line which goes to Kochel.