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For a magnificent tour of the lake, take a steamship cruise. Boats depart hourly 9am to 6pm. For information on various trips, contact Bayerische Seenschifffahrt Ammersee (tel. 08143/9-40-21; www.seenschifffahrt.de) at Landsberger Strasse 81 in Ammersee. You can also circumnavigate the lake by taking one of the ferryboats that depart seven times a day, making stops at seven lakefront towns. For 16€, you can get on and off all day, boarding the next boat to continue the tour (visitors average two or three stops during the day).

You can rent a paddle boat, rowboat, or electric motorboat at Stumbaum (tel. 08152/13-75) at Summerstrasse 22, in Herrsching.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.