The Alpine region of Tegernsee and Schliersee

If you are planning a tour in an open-top car, the section of the route in the Tegernsee and Schliersee region is ideal. Driving through Rottach-Egern, Tegernsee, Schliersee and Bayrischzell you will come across countless restaurants and cafés that provide Bavarian hospitality at its best and regional food and drink of the highest quality.

The road leads through a lonely and quiet border area between Bavaria and the Tyrol, onwards to the bustling lake Tegernsee - on whose banks we can picnic as the boats sail by. The picnic basket can be filled over the coming miles: for fish, we branch off to the „Herzogliche Fischzucht" (Duke's Fish Farm) just before Kreuth where there's freshly caught and smoked trout and char. A few miles further we come across the organic dairy Tegernseer-Land - producing milk products from cows raised on alpine hay. On every corner there are ways to buy regional products; no wonder that the region has named this area 'gourmet land' promoting Bavarian inn culture and regional specialities.

Continuing along the lake to Gmund then further to lake Schliersee, where excellent fruit brandies and whiskeys are produced. Whiskey? Yes, in the Slyrs distillery in the village of Neuhaus we can learn more about the original Bavarian single malt. Sampling this fine high-proof beverage is not for any driver though it may prove that perfect surprise gift for a friend.

Also worthwhile is a visit to the open-air museum of double Olympic champion Markus Wasmeier; a short detour to lake Spitzingsee; or a ride in a cable-car from Bayrischzell to the summit of Wendelstein (1,838 m / 6,030 ft) from where magnificent views abound of the Alps and their foothills.

From Schliersee past Bayrischzell we follow the Sudelfeldstraße road over a 300 m / 1,000 ft climb to the Sudelfeld pass, where we then go by the ski-paradise of Sudelfeld.