Our planet is an amazing combination of creations of nature and humans. Of course, people have changed the external appearance of the Earth, but they also have brought lot of useful things like forests, artificial lakes and dams. Lake Sylvenstein is a good example of such a human intervention into nature.
Sylvenstein (Sylvensteinsee/Sylvensteinspeicher) is an artificial lake in the Isar River Delta, located in the south of Bavaria, at an altitude of 750 meters in the Karwendel Alps, near the Austrian border. The reservoir was built in the period from 1954 to 1959 to ensure the Bavarian lands by electricity. Height of the dam is 44 meters, the length – 180 meters.
Sylvenstein is nestled in the midst of the alpine landscape and is surrounded by dense forest, so the views are very scenic here. The long bridge in the background of the Karwendel Mountains connecting the two banks helps to enjoy the beauty of the lake and make memorable pictures that look so much like postcards.
Despite the strictly practical purpose of the reservoir, it is perfectly blended into the local landscape, which can not be called man-made. Of course, such a remarkable place is noted and loved by the foreign tourists and locals – lovers of outdoor recreation. All the surroundings and special atmosphere contribute to this. Here you can rent a boat and take a ride over the calm surface of the water, you can go fishing, or arrange a lodging for the night in tents on the green shore.
Hiking and camping are popular during the summer period but it is worth noting that Sylvenstein is striking in its beauty at any time of the year. The lake is known for its interesting feature to change the color of water. And indeed, at different times of day and in different weather conditions, color of Sylvenstein can vary from emerald green to deep blue, or even transparent-black.
It is worth mentioning that at the beginning existence of the pond created a lot of disputes over the fact that it had a harmful impact on nature. Allegedly, many representatives of flora and fauna have lost their natural habitat. However, when in 2013, great part of the lands of Bavaria suffered from flooding, exactly the Lake Sylvenstein helped to prevent a catastrophe on the Isar River. This fact has closed all the questions.