By Vicky · Published Nov. 25th, 2023
This loop walk around Großer Brombachsee is an easy stroll with lovely views of the lake and surrounding forest.
Großer Brombachsee Walk Map
The Großer Brombachsee walk starts from the Parkplatz Pleinfeld, a large and surprisingly atmospheric car park at the southeast corner of Brombachsee. The parking costs €5 for the day.
- There are several places to stop for refreshments around the lake.
- There’s also a cycle track all the way around the lake if you prefer to go by bike.
- If you get tired, there’s a ferry that continuously loops around the lake with several different stops, including one close to the car park.
- It can be quite windy around the lake, so make sure to dress warmly.
- You can even stay overnight on the lake in lovely floating rooms*!
- After this walk, why not visit the cute town of Donauwörth or nearby historic Nuremberg? Alternatively, check out our Germany Hiking Page for more great hikes nearby and for walking tours of the famous Bavarian cities.
Großer Brombachsee Walking Route
From the car park, head along the road towards the entrance and take the small path on the left. This leads fairly steeply downwards through the wood to the edge of the lake. Turn right by the water to start the loop walk around the Großer Brombachsee. There are public toilets on your left if you need them.
The route around the lake is very simple as you simply stick to the path that is closest to the water. In many places there are parallel hiking and cycling tracks, so make sure to keep to the hiking trail as it can be quite busy with bikes.
Walking Across Großer Brombachsee Dam
You first walk across the dam at the eastern edge of the Großer Brombachsee. From here you can see all the way across the lake and have great views of the surrounding forest. To your left is a steep grassy slope and you can just make out some wetlands in the trees.
Continue left on the other side of the dam and you’ll reach a beach. You can swim here in summer, and there’s a restaurant just behind that’s open during the summer months.
The path continues along the lake to the town of Enderndorf. There’s another swimming beach here, and a park on a small promontory with several benches and picnic tables. There’s also a small cafe here behind the beach.
Views of Igelsbachsee and Kleiner Brombachsee
At the little roundabout with the statue head right across the dam. This separates the Igelsbachsee from the Großer Brombachsee. If you don’t cross the dam here but continue around the Igelsbachsee, it makes the walk 6 km further.
On the other side of the dam, you’ll head through the woodland, then across a second dam. This separates the Kleiner Brombachsee from the Großer Brombachsee. If you want to walk around the Kleiner Brombachsee too, it’s almost 7 km further.
Ramsberg am Brombachsee
Across the other side of the second dam, the route leaves the edge of the lake for the first time. You’ll walk along a flat area and into some forest, before heading slightly uphill. After a couple of kilometres you’ll reach the lake shore again just before the town of Ramsberg am Brombachsee.
The first thing you see is the harbour. There are many private boats here in summer, along with some cool floating hotel rooms*. These are part of the Eco Lodge and have fantastic views, perfect for sunrise and sunset.
You’ll then pass another swimming beach and several cafes and restaurants. Leaving the other side of Ramsberg, it’s only a short walk back to the starting point. There’s a viewpoint tower on your left that you can climb up for free. Just afterward, there’s a track heading right that leads you upwards back to the car park and the end of the Großer Brombachsee Walking Loop.
Guidebooks to explore more of Germany
After this walk, why not visit the cute town of Donauwörth or nearby historic Nuremberg? Alternatively, check out our Germany Hiking Page for more great hikes nearby and for walking tours of the famous Bavarian cities.