Camping Zellersee

Europe Germany South East Germany Bavaria

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
Intimate site located on a natural lake, with superb access to Germany and Austria

As its name suggests, Zellersee is all about its lake. It’s not a huge lake, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheer convenience. You can literally slide out of your sleeping bag, forward-roll through your tent-flaps and slip straight into the lake’s watery embrace: the perfect way to wake up. This tranquil waterhole lies in the breathtaking Chiemgau valley in the Geigelstein nature reserve next to the Alps. Enough said.

Afterwards, treat yourself to a nice hot coffee and fresh bread from reception whilst you decide what to do with your day. A bike ride to the Chiemsee (9 miles/15 km) where you can swim some more? A paddle boat cruise to the Herrenchiemsee – a collection of Versailles-like palaces. Or perhaps you fancy some more watery action at Lake Taubensee – just a 1,138-metre hike up the hill.

For those preferring a flight of fancy, there’s the world-famous gliding school in nearby Unterwössen, offering gliding and paragliding. This is the place to catch the most amazing thermals – the kind that keep you afloat for up to 560 miles (900 km), so make sure you know how to get down before you take off.

In the evening, unwind with a beer from reception and reflect on how everyone around seems to be so smiley. Is it that there’s a community ambience that fills every camper with a warm glow? Or could it be that you forgot to get dressed after your morning dip? Whichever it is, Zellersee is an open-minded place, so just keep smiling.



Facilities are adequate for the site, if not overly modern. There’s a kiosk/reception, decent shower block (toilets, showers, washing machine, dryer) and a small kitchen for general use. There is internet available all around the site.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, groups – yes. Dogs – no.


There’s a playground, tennis courts and a lake to keep kids and adults occupied, plus a climbing wall on the site (training is available once or twice a week during summer). There is also a children’s park (0049 86 418 234) 3 miles (5 km) away in Marquartstein. If you’re into aerial pursuits, try a gliding trip with the world-renowned DASSU school (0049 86 41 698 787). It costs €20 for 10 minutes and €1.50 for each additional minute.

Food & Drink

Onsite you can buy snacks and drinks, and there’s a small kitchen. Gasthof Zellerwand is about half a mile (1 km) away and sells traditional German/Austrian food. Head to Grassau’s market (4 miles/7 km away; Saturday mornings) and pick up sausage, cheese and fruit.


All year.


Contact Camping Zellersee, Zellerseeweg 3 83259 Schleching-Mettenham, Bavaria, Germany

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Getting There

From Munich or Salzburg, take the A8. Exit at 106 Bernau, towards Reit im Winkl. In Marquartstein drive towards Schleching. Exit 109 Übersee, looking out for the Zellerseeweg sign on the road between Schleching and Raiten.

You can catch a train to Übersee and a bus from there to Schleching, getting off at Zellerwand/Mettenham. From there it’s a 5-minute walk to the site.


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Rated ★★★★☆ over 3 reviews


not recommendable

It is very loud from the Street nearby, Landlady is realy unfrendly, lake is very small with dirty and muddy ground, only 2 showers for each gender, not realy cleaned up, a lot of older Camper, so you have to be very quiet. .... never ever again.
Jul 29, 2019 by Andi Sand

Quiet and chilled campsite

Lovey campsite for back to basics camping. Surrounded by wildlife and really dark so good for star spotting at night. Lovely little lake for cooling off after days out and good location for accessing nearby lakes in Austria and Germany. Very “German”campsite but we managed without being fluent in the language. There aren’t many toilets or showers so there can be queues but all very clean and only one access point for water ( in main utilities area) Unfortunately no fires or charcoal BBQ’s allowed, presumably because of woodland surrounding site. We enjoyed our stay and found it very relaxing due to the general chilled vibe on the site.
Aug 12, 2018 by Rachel

Camping Zellersee August 2014

We arrived just before rain started, and it looks like we'll be leaving with a wet tent.  Because there had been so much rain, some pitches couldn't be used, and we wanted one with electricity, so our choice was limited to three, all of which were stony.  However....  It's a great site, very friendly, and excellent facilities.  Our pitch was small, but the site is quite quiet, and in such a fabulous setting.  Mountains all round, and it wasn't windy at all (I'm writing this on our last night here, so I may regret saying that, I suppose!).  The 'lake' is a large pond really, but wonderful to get a boat onto, or to swim in, if you're a good bit younger than me.  Would certainly recommend it, even if we have had to buy new tent pegs to replace all the bent ones!

Aug 25, 2014 by Jane Cunio

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