Just outside of Salzburg, in Bavaria, Germany, is beautiful Thumsee, a small Alpine lake surrounded by mountains. It is not mentioned in most tour books and I'm glad it is still a secret that I share with only several thousand others. It’s Bad Reichenhall’s hiking area, swimming hole and ice skating pond. I found it in 2007 quite fortuitously en route to Innsbruck. It was truly love at first sight and I return to Thumsee as often as I can.
Freud and his family were also frequent visitors to Thumsee and he called it “a little piece of paradise.” It makes my heart soar to marvel in its beauty and peace. It is one of my favorite places to commune with Nature.
I understand the lake, the boathouse and a huge home are for sale for a couple of million Euros. If you buy it, you must promise to keep it as beautiful as it is!