Franconian Lake District

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Part of the "Großer Brombachsee"

The Franconian Lake District lies south-west of Nuremberg in northern Bavaria, in Germany. It resulted from one of Germany's largest water-management projects and was completed by the flooding of Lake Brombach in 2000.

The lakes Altmühlsee, Brombachsee, Rothsee, Dennenloher See and Hahnenkammsee together form a lake district which is equal in size and infra-structure to the Upper Bavarian Lake District: the Altmühlsee, for example, is the same size as the Königssee, and the Große Brombachsee has the same area as the Tegernsee.

The biggest lake of the district is the Brombach Lake. The Big Brombach Lake is a storage lake about 12.7 square kilometers in area. With about 17.5 kilometers of shoreline, it is bigger than the Tegern Lake. Its depth is about 32 meters. The scenic Small Brombach Lake is inserted in the Brombach and Igelsbach valley. Approximately 2.5 square kilometers in size, the lake is used for swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing, and boating.

Europe's largest trimaran passenger ship, the MS Brombachsee, crosses the lake daily as part of a regular service. The coastline is unspoiled, there are bike paths and hiking trails around the lake.

The Altmühl Lake, situated in the broad valley of the Altmühl, is bedded between single villages and meadows. It was created as the first lake in the lake district and has a lengths of 4 km and an area of roughly 4.5 km2. The ship Gunzenhausen provides passenger service across the lake.

The Roth Lake, which is 2.2 km2 large, is divided into an economic part and a swimming area. Surfing and sailing is possible in most parts. In the northwestern corner there is a widespread nature reserve. The Roth Lake has three recreational areas.


The Lake District comprises 7 lakes and several “waters”. The total expanse of water is about 20 km².

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Coordinates: 49°07′42″N 10°49′03″E / 49.1282722222°N 10.8174888889°E / 49.1282722222; 10.8174888889