Photos from a visit to cold, cold Frillensee near Inzell, on November 1st. This is an archive post added in 2016 and dated back, mostly for nostalgic reasons, since it was the first visit to this location with a “real” camera ;-) (see also: Farewell, Frillensee).
Frillensee is a pretty cold place in winter – located beneath the “Dunklwand” (which is Bavarian dialect for “dark wall”) on the northern side of the Gamsknogel/Zwiesel mountain massif, no direct sunlight reaches the lake and surrounding forest during the winter months. Since the lake froze quite reliably, it was used for the Bavarian and German ice speed skating championship in 1960 – perhaps laying the foundation for the sport’s strong presence in Inzell.
Nowadays the lake and nearby raised bog are a protected area and the forest roads and trails leading to the lake are open for hikers and bikers only. It is quite popular in the warmer months of the year, but one can still find quiet and solitude there.
On old maps from the 1800’s, the lake is named “Forellensee” (Trout Lake) – I can only speculate, but it might just be that the Bavarian pronunciation of Forellensee led to today’s name “Frillensee” – and there is another lake by the exact same name near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria (further west).
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