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  • Niko Benas

May 10, 2024 - At misty Lake Abtsdorf

On three days in a row I was able to witness and photograph how the sun's rays of the sunny month of May fought for dominance over Lake Abtsdorf and Haarmoos in the morning.

A tranquil morning on the shores of Lake Abtsdorf


Lake Abtsdorf - affectionately called Abtsee by the locals - lies between Saaldorf-Surheim and Laufen an der Salzach in Upper Bavaria and is the remnant of a lake area that was formed after the Alpine glaciers melted around 10,000 years ago. It originally had an area of ​​​​around 30 km by 10 km.

Lake Abtsdorf in the fog, in the hazy background the Haunsberg


Lake Abtsdorf is considered one of the warmest lakes in Bavaria and is ideal for swimming in summer and ice skating in winter. Due to its good water quality, it is also one of the richest in fish in Bavaria.

So it's no wonder that at any time of the day you could spot at least one fishing boat on the partly mirror-smooth and calm lake.

The Haarmoos, one of the most important meadow breeding areas in Bavaria, is located west of Lake Abtsdorf, has a total area of ​​around 400 hectares and, as a wetland, is one of the most endangered habitats. The formation of the hair moss also began more than 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, when its current area was covered by a shallow lake after the glacial masses melted.

Haarmoos in the morning mist, in the background the Hochstaufen (1771 m) with Mittelstaufen and Zwiesel (1782 m)


Together with the Lake Abtsdorf, the Haarmoos was declared a landscape protection area in 1979.

The dark color of the lake does not - as one might think - indicate moor water, but rather comes from tributaries containing humic acid from the nearby Haarmoos.

Reed belt at the "seething" Lake Abtsdorf after sunrise


On a hike around Lake Abtsdorf you discover the beauty of the Bavarian Rupertiwinkel, which is also a popular winter hike because the circular path around the lake is cleared and gritted.

Gentle hills, rural lifestyle and ancient culture make the area so attractive in the north of the Berchtesgaden Mountain Experience region.

The fog persisted until late in the morning


Due to its shallow water depth of a maximum of 20 meters and the shallow tributaries, Lake Abtsdorf warms up significantly in spring. Since it is freely accessible in many places, it is an ideal swimming lake. In fact, the Abtsee is the warmest swimming lake in Upper Bavaria.

Sunset at Lake Abtsdorf


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