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.
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.
A tent, car plus 2 people costs €17 (plus €2 tax). Children aged 4–6 cost €2 and those aged 7–16 €4 cost plus €0.5 tax.
Contact Camping Zellersee, Zellerseeweg 3 83259 Schleching-Mettenham, Bavaria, Germany
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
Quiet and chilled campsite
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!