This corner of Bavaria is better known for its iconic castles, but at the base of Hohenschwangau castle is this stunning lake. The residence where the ‘mad king’ Ludwig II grew up overlooks the mountains and the gorgeous lake and is one of the most visited German attractions. Getting out on the water is the best way to peacefully admire the gothic architecture away from the hoards of tour groups and offers a great chance to cool down if you visit on a baking summers day. Looking past the lakeside castle there is also great view of the bigger, more extravagant Neuschwanstein caste which inspired Disney’s logo and features in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. If the two royal residences don’t interest you there is some amazing schnitzel on offer to refuel you after a day paddling around.