The entire area of the Staffelsee lake including all of its islands belongs to the Seehausen am Staffelsee municipality. In the north and west, the municipality of Uffing also has a share in the shore, in the far south-east lies the town of Murnau am Staffelsee with its
210 metre shore (between the lido at Murnau and the pier).

It is a popular bathing lake with gentle waters that quickly warm up. In winter, ice-skaters, ice hockey players and curling teams can practice on the wide expanse of ice.
It is also ideal for hiking such as the 22 km-long circular route. The passenger ship MS Seehausen travels between the neighbouring communities of Murnau, Seehausen am Staffelsee and Uffing.
A maritime procession has been held every year at Corpus Christi since 1935.

Staffelsee has seven islands, including:

The island of Mühlwörth, which is located in a conservation area and is currently privately owned and not accessible to the public
Buchau, the second-largest island, has a camp site for tents only. Vehicles are not allowed. The only buildings are a restaurant and sanitary facilities. There are regular sailings to the island between 1st April and 1st November from Seehausen (northern shore of the Burg peninsula). The island is also located in a conservation area
There are no sailings to Große Birke, the third-largest island, so it can only be accessed via private boats
Wörth is the largest and the only inhabited island on the Staffelsee
Jakobsinsel (St. Jakob) is the smallest of them all

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