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The lake is divided into two parts by a barrier of swimming logs. In the panorama you can see the part to the left which is open for swimmers while the part to the right is under strict nature conservancy. The flat area to the very right is the swimming peat island.
The name of the lake consists of three parts: "Nonnen" or "Nunnen" is an ancient local word for cows; "Matte" is a term for a mountain meadow and "Weiher" is the German term for a pond or little lake.
But "Nonne" is also a word for a nun and there is an old lore explaining the name of this place accordingly: It is said that there was an old monastery on that very location which, after God's judgement, was drowned in the lake together with all its inhabiting nuns.