Franconian Lake District

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Franconian Lake District

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Frankonian Lake District is in the south-west of Nuremberg in the county of Germany.

The lakes Altmühlsee, Brombachsee, Rothsee, Dennenloher See and Hahnenkammsee together form a lake district which is equal in size and infra-structure to the Upper Bavarian Lake District: the Altmühlsee, for example, is the same size as the Königssee, and the Große Brombachsee has the same area as the Tegernsee.

The biggest lake of the district is the Brombach Lake. The Big Brombach Lake is a storage lake with about 12,7 square kilometers and about 17,5 kilometers shoreline bigger than the Tegern Lake. Its depth is about 32 meters. The scenic Small Brombach Lake is inserted in the Brombach and Igelsbach valley. Full beaches and the activity on the water show a high attractivity of the recreational Small Brombach Lake. With its 2,5 square kilometers, the lake invites to people to go swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing, and boating.

European biggest Trimaran passenger ship, MS "Brombachsee", crosses the Lake in line operation daily. The coastline is unspoiled, there are bike paths and hiking trails around the the lake. Four recreational establishemnts and 1000 sailboat places are an ideal surf and sailing paradise. An ideal viewpoint is the Two-Lake-Place in Enderndorf am See.

The Altmühl Lake, situated in the broad valley of the Altmühl, is beded between single villages and meadows. It was created as the first lake in the lake district and has a lenghts of 4 km and an area of roughly 4,5 square km. The ship Gunzenhausen crosses the lake.

The Roth lake, which is 2,2 square km large, is divided into a economic part and a swimming area. Surfing and sailing is possible in most parts. In the north western corner there is a widespread nature reserve. The Roth Lake has three recreational areas.

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The Lake District comprises of 7 lakes and several “waters”. The total expanse of water is about 20 km².

  • Big Brombach Lake, 8.7 km² (Großer Brombachsee)
  • Altmühl Lake, 4.5 km² (Altmühlsee)
  • Small Brombach Lake, 2.5 km² (Kleiner Brombachsee)
  • Roth Lake, 2.2 km² (Rothsee)
  • Igelsbach Lake, 0.9 km² (Igelsbachsee)
  • Hahnenkammsee, 0.23 km² (Hahnenkammsee)
  • Dennenloher Lake 0,22 km² (Dennenloher See)



Get in

By rail

By car

Autobahn A6 from Nuremberg, B2 from Augsburg.

By air

The closest airport to the Lake District is at Nuremberg.

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