Numerous idyllic mountain and swimming lakes can be found in the immediate vicinity of the Hörnerdörfer villages. These are the places to go if you love sun and water!
Lake Sonthofen, which locals simply call ‘Baggersee’, is best reached via Illersiedlung if you are coming from the direction of Sonthofen or Sigishofen (Ofterschwang). Ample parking spaces are provided. Alternatively, you can reach the lake via Oberzollbrücke. The use of the lake is free, and various lawns for sunbathing are available.
The small lake with its cool waters is situated at the foot of Mount Grünten near Burgberg, close to the B19, but is accessible only on foot or by bike from Burgberg or Sonthofen.
Lake Freiberg in Oberstdorf
The small lake near Oberstdorf is situated in beautiful surroundings, and is ideally suited for swimming and boating. The lake features a lido with adjacent restaurant. The fantastic view on the ski flying hill and the surrounding mountains lets you forget the stresses of your everyday life. A wonderful forest trail around the lake invites you to take a relaxed walk.
Lake Inselsee is situated between Blaichach and Immenstadt, and is a favourite meeting place for water skiers. Several cable waterskis allow exhilaratingly fast or leisurely slow rides across the waters. The lake is not suitable for swimming, but large sunbathing lawns invite spectators to watch the goings on on the lake. The water-side café is a popular meeting place for cyclists taking a break from their picturesque tour along the Iller River.
Lake Großer Alpsee
The Lake Großer Alpsee at Immenstadt-Bühl, covering an area of close to 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) is the largest natural lake in the Allgäu region. It is a sailing and surfing paradise, where also less experienced watersports enthusiasts have an opportunity to explore the lake in paddle, row or pedal boats. And if you prefer relaxing even more, simply step aboard the great sailing vessel, the ‘Lädine’. Large sunbathing lawns and little pebble and sand beaches invite to bathe and linger. Access to the lake is free. Hikers can enjoy lake views from the the trail leading around the water - close to shore in some places, and at dizzying heights in others. Several cafés and restaurants offer refreshments.
Lake Kleiner Alpsee
The Lake Kleiner Alpsee is found nearby its big brother, a bit closer to Immenstadt, and also an excellent destination for swimmers preferring natural waters to paid public pools. Strong swimmers enjoy crossing the lake from one side to the other, resting on the shore before swimming back. The lido featuring a heated swimming pool is particularly popular with families, and boasts a diving tower and a raft in the lake, an adventure playground, a kids slide, beach volleyball fields, table tennis, and a kiosk where loungers and parasols can be hired.