In the summer time you do not necessarily have to spend money to refresh yourself in a cool swimming pool. There are more than enough nice bathing lakes in and around Munich where you can relax for free. For example the Feringasee in the North of Munich.
It exists thanks to the motorway construction in the 70s: The quarry pond resulted from the extraction of gravel. Today the huge areal of 62,4 ha (30,4 ha land and 32 ha water) offers swimming and leisure activities.
Apart from swimming you can also do surfing (in an area separated by buoys), play beach volleyball, or go jogging or inline skating along the rim. Further highlights include sand playgrounds for the children, an ecological equalization zone at the northernbank, special access areas for disabled persons at the southern bank, and a separate nudist area at the peninsula. During the high season (May 15th to September 15th), dogs are not allowed in the bathing area.
Of course, you do not have to stay hungry or thirsty when visiting the lake. A restaurant and smaller kiosks with beer garden can help you to survive. In specially signed areas areas you can also do a barbecue – even though it is forbidden to do so on the ground or with open fire. And please make sure to take the leftovers with you. The next guests will thank you.
July 27th 2013: Rock am Feringasee
In case you’ve never been at the Feringasee, July 27th might be a good day to give it a try. That’s the date of the “Rock am Feringasee”. From 8pm onwards, you can enjoy free music in the beer garden of the Gasthof Feringasee. If the weather is bad, the event will be changed to August 3rd 2013.
How to get to the Feringasee:
The nicest option to get there is by bike: Follow the Isar to the north and then later the signs.
By public transport: Take S8 to “Unterföhring”. From there it’s a 1 km walk. Or take bus lines 188 or 233. From the bus stop it’s several hundred metres.
By car take the Oberföhringer Straße to Unterföhring, then follow the signs.