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Kochel am See is a municipality in the district of Bad Tolz-Wolfratshausen in Bavaria on the shores of Kochelsee in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen.
Kochelsee or Lake Kochel is located 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) on the edge of the Bavarian Alps. The western third of the lake lies within the borders of the town of Schlehdorf, while the rest belongs to Kochel am See.
The southern edge of the lake lies up against the mountains and the northern shore is bordered by bog lands. The history of the settlement of Kochel (previously Quochcalun) begins with Birg bei Altjoch, a rock extrusion on the shore of the lake. The name Kochel is derived from the Latin cocula meaning head or cone. The Loisach flows into the lake at Schlehdorf and flows out at Kochel am See. A similar amount of water flows in to the lake from the Isar through the Lake Walchen Power Plant.
Apart from the idyllic scenery, it is known for The Smith of Kochel "Schmied von Kochel," who according to legend, lead a Bavarian farmer rebellion against Austro-Hungarian occupiers at Sendling (Sendling vacation rentals | Sendling travel guide) in the War of the Spanish Succession. Kochel is also known for its hydroelectric dam. It is a popular place for winter and summer holidays.
The famous expressionistic painter Franz Marc lived in Kochel. His life is documented at the Franz Marc museum in Kochel. He is buried in the village cemetery.
Things to See in Kochelsee
Raut (west shore, the district of Schlehdorf)
Altjoch (south shore, the district of Kochel am See)
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More about the History of Kochel am See
The lake was created during the last glacial period of the current ice age by the Loisach-Isar glacier. The bottom of the glacier scraped out the lakebed. The basin then filled with water at the end of the glacial period. The northern end of the lake silted up forming bogs.
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Kochel am See is located near the Kochelsee or Lake Kochel, which is located 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of Munich on the edge of the Bavarian Alps. The western third of the lake lies within the borders of the town of Schlehdorf, while the rest belongs to Kochel am See.
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