Camping at Pilsensee

Camping am Pilsensee

Camping at Pilsensee
The Pilsensee

A small lake with a big castle

The Pilsensee is the second smallest of the five lakes in the Fünfseenland. It lies northeast of Lake Ammersee and south of Lake Wörth. The lake is 2.5 kilometers long and 0.76 kilometers wide. The greatest depth is 17.1 meters. It is largely framed by striking moraine walls. When the glaciers opened up at the end of the Würme Ice Age 10.000 to 15.000 years ago, Pilsen was a nearly 10 kilometer long arm or bay of the Ammersee, which was then much larger than it is today.

This arm of the Ammersee reached as far as the village of Delling in the northeast and was only separated from Wesslinger See by a moraine ridge. The Wesslinger See and the Pilsensee were less than two kilometers apart. Since the level of the Ammersee continuously fell in the following centuries and the Kienbach, which geologists technically call the "Schiesgebiet", brought in gravel and sand, the area north of Herrsching was suddenly raised. The swamp and reed area that emerged after the Kienbach delta was filled is now called Herrschinger Moos and is a nature reserve.

The large bay of the Ammersee became today's Pilsensee. The average water level of the Ammersee and the Pilsensee only differs by about one meter. From this small difference in height, geologists can now conclude that the Pilsensee was part of the Ammersee. The two villages of Seefeld and Hechendorf are located on the banks of Lake Pilsensee. In Seefeld, referred to as Sevuelt in old documents, is the castle of Count Toerring©, which was first mentioned in 1302 as Veste Schlossberg and is now considered the most important building in the town.

The castle is considered the birthplace of the “Lords of Seefeld” family, which was first mentioned under this name around 1150. After the Lords of Seefeld died out, Seefeld© Castle passed through the hands of various noble families until the owners became the Lords of Törring-Seefeld© in 1472. Today Seefeld Castle© is privately owned by Hans Caspar Graf zu Toerring-Jettenbach© and cannot be visited, but some can be rented out for certain cultural events.

In the inner courtyard of the castle there is a brewery (which of course also serves the "Graf Toerring" beer) and several small shops and workshops. Small exhibitions also take place there from time to time. Since 1986, the castle has also housed a branch of the State Museum of Egyptian Art, where temporary exhibitions are shown. The village of Hechendorf is mentioned in documents from the middle of the 12th century. Century also mentioned as “Höchendorf”, which means “village on the hills”.

The beautiful castle on Lake Pilsensee. From here, the Lords of Seefeld ruled over their extensive territories around the beautiful Pilsensee.

The beautiful castle on Lake Pilsen. From here, the Lords of Seefeld ruled over their extensive territories around the beautiful Pilsensee.

With the regional reform of 1978, the towns of Oberalting, Meiling, Unering, Drößling and Hechendorf merged to form the larger community of Seefeld, which received its name in memory of the eventful history of the settlement on Lake Pilsensee and the aristocratic families who lived there. In 1970, for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, the Munich-Herrsching railway line, which had existed since 1903, was expanded and Hechendorf received its own S-Bahn station.

The Pilsensee – a paradise for anglers

Pilsen Lake has a catchment area of ​​around 40 square kilometers. Apart from a few small streams and a rather insignificant groundwater flow, the Pilsensee is mainly fed by the rivers Aubach, Widdersberger Bach and Höllgraben. The lake flows into the Weißbach, which in turn flows into the Ammersee. These outflows and inflows cause the Pilsensee to change its entire water volume in one year. Lake Starnberg needs 21 years to do this.

This is one of the reasons why the water quality of Lake Pilsensee is so excellent. A large part of the shore of Lake Pilsensee is now protected and is not accessible. However, the lake is developed for local recreational tourism and has a large campsite near Hechendorf as well as swimming areas on the east and west banks.

The beauty of the area can be discovered on foot or by bike on the 11 km long Pilsensee circular hiking trail. This hiking trail leads over long stretches with views of the lake. Due to the ancient and extensive reed and rush growth on the shores of the lake, it was also known as Pilsensee.

There are no significant maritime activities on Lake Pilsen like there are on Lake Ammer and Starnbergsjön. Only private sailing, rowing and electric boats as well as boats from boat rental companies can be found on the lake. Thanks to the abundance of plants and fish, Lake Pilsensee is a jewel for anglers. Members of the Pilsensee - Wörthsee fishing club have already caught catfish up to 2.14 m long and over 60 kg in weight. Even a pike over 1.30 m was caught. In contrast to Ammersee and Starnberger See, due to its small size, Pilsensee freezes over very quickly in winter, much to the delight of ice skaters, curlers and anyone else who wants to walk around the lake.

Pilsensee is not just a popular destination for “tourists”. Anglers also get their money's worth here: the lake is full of tasty fish.

Pilsen Lake is not only a popular destination for tourists. Anglers also get their money's worth here: the lake is full of tasty fish.

In the inner courtyard of the castle, next to the fountain, is the Bräustüberl, where you almost feel like you have been transported back to the time of the knights.

In the inner courtyard of the castle, next to the fountain, is the Bräustüberl, where you almost feel like you have been transported back to the time of the knights.

Camping at Pilsensee

The campsite itself:

The Pilsensee campsite is located in the southwest of Munich, directly on the beautiful Pilsensee in Bavaria, with a view of the Alps. The holiday region between Lake Starnberg and Lake Ammersee offers many excursion options to well-known places.

From Camping Pilsensee you can reach Munich in just 40 minutes by S-Bahn. This makes it easy to plan a visit to the state capital. And in the evening, when you return from the hustle and bustle of the city, peace and relaxation await you on the shores of Lake Pilsensee.

Boats and SUPs can be rented directly at the campsite. You can also fish and sail on Lake Pilsensee. The large children's playground with table tennis tables and a soccer field is particularly popular with families with children.

The campsite has modern sanitary facilities. If you wish, you can rent your own bathroom here. There are also cooking facilities and a barbecue area. The restaurant by the lake and the kiosk ensure your physical well-being, and the small supermarket (open from May to October) offers fresh pastries.

The campsite is open from the 15th.032022 to 30.11Opened in 2022. There are spacious pitches for tents and caravans, but also comfortable cabins, modern mobile homes or a lovingly furnished hunting lodge.

Place information

Location: Excellent location

Noise level: quiet at night


Holiday accommodation: 254 - (154 of which are self-catering)

Rental places: 20

Permanent pitches for caravans: 350

Parking: mandatory


Total area of ​​the campsite: 10 ha

Size of the plots: 80 - 150 m².

Height above sea level: 570 m


Nearest place: Seefeld (1 km)

Public transport station: 800 m


Slightly sloping, partly park-like grassland area between the road and the lake. Tourist reception areas right next to the public lido.

Access to water

Approx. 450 m from the shore, with several jetties and a strip of up to 50 m wide for the beach.


Separate parking spaces are available on the campsites


Facilities & Equipment:

  • Target group: fishing camp
  • Swimming and wellness
  • Outdoor swimming pool (within 25 km)
  • Right on the beach (lake)
  • Children
  • Children's beds
  • Playground for children
  • Children's toilets
  • Dogs allowed
  • Dog shower
  • Sport
  • Berth
  • Boat rental
  • Golf course (within 6 km)
  • Sports program
  • Eating, drinking, shopping
  • Bread bags
  • Pub or restaurant (within 3 km)
  • Snack bar
  • Grocery store (1 km)
  • Café (2 km)
  • Supermarket (1 km)
  • Indoor cooking area
  • Camping and leisure shop (within 50 m)
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Warm showers
  • Sink
  • Sanitary facilities for children
  • Sanitary cabin for the disabled
  • Rental of sanitary cabins
  • Toilets with seats
  • Delivery and sale of caravans
  • Emptying wastewater tanks
  • Dryer
  • Washing machine(s)
  • Gas bottle
  • Internet
  • Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Wi-Fi at reception and in the restaurant
  • Rental of accommodation
  • 7 mobile homes for rent
  • 13 more properties for rent
  • Parking space
  • Sewer and fresh water connections
  • CEE socket (16 amps)
  • Accessibility
  • Disabled toilets

How much does a camping holiday cost?

Go on vacation well prepared: The following points will give you an overview of the possible costs that may arise during your camping vacation.

Costs for travel

A camping holiday also involves some costs that you should take into account when planning. Especially if you are traveling abroad, you need to take into account the increased fuel consumption and possible travel costs associated with the trip.

Toll costs

In some European countries, most roads, tunnels and bridges are subject to tolls. Depending on the route, you may have to pay tolls to use the roads by car or caravan. The toll is paid when entering and exiting toll stations. So take cash or a credit card with you when waiting in line.

In some European countries you also need a vignette to drive on motorways and expressways. In contrast to distance-based tolls, vignettes have a fixed price. You can buy them before your journey at the petrol stations or from your local ADAC partner. You can also get vignettes at petrol stations at border crossings. Please note that the vignettes are valid for different periods. Before you buy a card, you should check whether the specified period of validity is sufficient for the entire trip. The costs of tolls and vignettes vary from country to country and can change at short notice. Inquire about the exact costs 2 weeks before your trip.

Ferry costs

Depending on where you want to travel, you should find out the route and the cost of the ferry crossing in advance. Some connections have limited travel dates. Space can be limited, especially in high season.

Fuel costs

If you are traveling in your car or caravan, fuel costs also play a role. The cost depends on the length of the trip, driving style and fuel consumption. A general rule of thumb for a fairly accurate cost calculation is

Average fuel consumption multiplied by the fuel price: (divided) by 100 = (yield) cost per kilometer.

An example: If your motorhome uses 21 liters at a fuel price of €1.50, which results in the following costs per kilometer

21 x 1.50 ÷ 100 = 0.32 (€/km).

Then multiply the kilometers by the fuel costs per kilometer. Leave a little margin at the top: this will avoid inconsistencies in the calculation if there are unavoidable deviations or gaps.

Possible costs during the vacation

During your vacation you will have fixed and variable costs. These costs depend on how many people are there and how many people will be staying at the campsite. The destination and the level of the campsite also influence the costs.

Electricity and water at the campsite

If you are traveling with a caravan, you will need electricity and water. It is possible to provide both at a campsite. Electricity for caravans is usually billed separately, either daily or based on consumption. Pitches with electricity are actually more expensive than pitches without electricity, regardless of whether you use electricity or not.

A fee is also charged for warm water from the tap: hot showers are usually more expensive. At some campsites you pay with a bracelet, a magnetic card or with pocket money in the form of coins. The payment method will be communicated to you when you register on site. Water taps are available at the entrance to the campsite or on site to fill up your caravan. The campsite usually charges per liter. In southern countries, operators offer water in 10 liter bottles, the price of which varies depending on the region and campsite.

Costs for leisure and comfort

Another cost factor is leisure and comfort. Calculate the cost of both. You know best which services you don't want to miss out on during your vacation and which excursions you want to go on.

The use of washing machines and dryers is not essential, but it is convenient. You can also use the campsite's leisure facilities such as swimming pools, saunas or gyms, as well as canoeing or dining out, but you should take this into account when planning the cost of your camping holiday.

Fees for visitors and the environment

Some resorts charge a fee per person per day for beach use. The costs vary depending on the holiday destination. Environmental and wastewater fees should also be taken into account. If you are traveling with your dog, you should also factor in the additional costs. Many campsites charge a daily fee for your four-legged friend. It's best to ask the campsite or tourist office before you leave how much the costs will be on site.

Tips for saving money for your camping holiday

You can also get discounts with discount cards. Use the ADAC Campcard, which gives you discounts at participating campsites and providers. The card is available free of charge in the ADAC Campcard and the ADAC Camping and Accommodation Guide. The ADAC Campcard offers around 3.500 discounts on campsites, including free bike rentals, discounts on wellness services and discounts on sports courses.

Book in low season

If you want to save money and are not tied to school holidays by not booking your trip in high season. In the off-season, campsite prices are generally lower than in the summer months. In Europe, the months of January to May and October to January are typically low season, May, June and September are low season and July and August are high season. The distribution of winter campsites is different: the summer months are the cheapest.

Please note the price differences between campsites and accommodation

The price differences are not only seasonal, but also depend on the type of parking space. Because a caravan site is primarily a parking space and does not have the typical facilities of a campsite, it is significantly cheaper in comparison. In many places, the parking spaces are practically free because the operator only covers the costs of electricity and water. However, you should be aware that you will not have a local contact at the campsite and that you will lack facilities such as a shop or toilets.

Further information about Pilsensee campsite:

  • Grocery store, swimming, fishing, water sports, large playground,
  • Children's playground, table tennis. Perfect for a longer stay.
  • Open all year round.
  • Rental of holiday homes (fully equipped - with central heating), dormitories, family dormitories and self-catering accommodation.
  • Kiosk in the large swimming area with several jetties and a trampoline. Restaurant right on the lake with a beer garden.
  • S8 train connection to Munich. Bus connection. Ideal starting point for excursions, e.g.b to Andechs or Munich. Just 10 minutes from the A95 and A96 motorways.
  • Breakfast offer: Camping Pilsensee - Breakfast

The Mercantino offers fresh rolls, pretzels, fresh coffee and much more every day. In the shop you will also find the most important groceries and utensils. Please note the opening times.

  • There are several bakeries and a supermarket with a wide range.
  • Seehaus restaurant, kiosk and shop
  • Pilsensee campsite - Gastronomy: For the physical well-being of our guests there is a supermarket with breakfast and a restaurant with a beer garden under shady trees by the lake. In the summer months you can also satisfy your hunger at our bathing kiosk, which is located right next to our large bathing area.
  • Surroundings / excursion options
  • For nature and activity lovers, there is always a destination for a trip at the Pilsensee campsite. There are many excursion options: hiking, e.g.b to Andechs, boat trips on Lake Ammersee, day trips to Munich with the S-Bahn (station just 1.5 km from the hotel) or by car (35 km). Tip: Seefeld Castle is only a 5-minute walk away. Worth a visit (cinema, arts and crafts, gastronomy, hiking trail).
  • The campsite at Pilsensee is open all year round and has 500 pitches on a 12 hectare site. As the largest campsite in the region, it offers long-term and short-term campers as well as day guests the ideal conditions for a successful holiday or excursion with a wide range of services and its own restaurant in a prime location. We offer tent, caravan and motorhome pitches as well as over 15 rentals such as vans, sleeping bags and XXL sleeping bags for families. Individual travelers, campers, caravans with tents and seasonal caravans will find a suitable offer at Pilsensee.


  • A96, exit 32 Oberpfaffenhofen/Wessling to Herrsching - travel time approx. 15 minutes.
  • A95 exit Starnberg to Söcking - travel time approx. 25 mins.
  • S-Bahn S8 Munich Airport to Herrsching - Hechendorf train station. From there you can take the bus to Seefeld Castle and reach the campsite by subway.
  • You can also go directly from the Hechendorf S-Bahn station to approx. Walk or cycle at the campsite 1.5 km away.

General booking conditions

  • You can pay on site with cash, EC card or credit card. There is an ATM at the campsite.
  • The parking space is available from 2:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Departure must be by November 11th at the latest.00 p.m.
  • The rental accommodation is available from June 16th.00 a.m. on the day of arrival. From 10.00 o'clock on the day of arrival it is possible to
  • from 10.00 p.m., provided the facilities are open.

Please leave the accommodation before 11am on the day of departure.00 p.m However, you can use the facilities throughout the day.