Lake Konigssee - the jewel of the Bavarian Alps

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Amazingly beautiful King’s Lake is hidden among the Bavarian Alps, nestled in a lovely valley. It looks a bit like a Scandinavian fjord, and a cruise along its waters is one of the biggest attractions of the region.

Germany has much more tourist attractions to offer than it might seem. One of such gems is undoubtedly Königssee, also called King’s Lake, the cleanest and second deepest lake in Germany. It lies southeast of Munich, hiding its beauty in the steep walls of the surrounding mountains. Apparently it was a favorite destination for Eva Braun.

The pearl of Alpen-Nationalpark Berchtesgaden

King’s Lake is situated in the Bavarian Alps, in the heart of Berchtesgaden National Park, founded in 1978. It covers an area of ​​5,218 km², and its depth reaches over 190 meters. The picturesque water reservoir almost completely fills the valley between the peaks Gotzenberg and Jenner in the east, and the second largest German summit, Watzmann, in the west.

Many people claim that the lake, along with a rocky “cradle” resembles a Scandinavian fjord. It’s particularly charming in the late spring, when the emerald surface of the water contrasts with the whiteness of the snow-capped mountains.

"Beautiful steamboat cruise..."

Cruise in a passenger ship over the waters of the lake is one of the biggest attractions of the region. Visitors are impressed by particularly beautiful, emerald color of the water. Equally breathtaking are also the surrounding views. Because Königssee is famous for its cleanliness, only electrically powered ships can swim on it. Its waters are cold even in summer, because the main tributaries of the reservoir are located under its surface.

The first stop is situated on the peninsula of St. Bartholomew, on which stands the 12th century pilgrimage church with red domes, constituting a symbol of Königssee. The building with its distinctive towers is on most of the Bavarian postcards, it can also be found on travel brochures. Since the Romantic period, the temple has been the inspiration for landscape painters, which isn’t surprising at all, as it looks extremely beautiful against the eastern wall of the mountain Watzmann. Its Baroque interiors are modeled on the plan of the cathedral in Salzburg. The second station, at which the ship stops, is Salet, a charming spot from which you can walk to the upper lake - Obersee.

If someone cannot, or if for some reason doesn’t want to use the opportunity of the cruise, may explore the area during about an hour hike to the famous "painters’ corner”. It offers the most beautiful view of the lake - a frequent topic of "landschafts". The hike starts at the marina.

Accommodation near the national park

The area is so picturesque that many tourists decide to spend more time by the lake. Those, who instead of staying at the hotel, prefer to stay at the campsite may consider Campingplatz Grafenlehen in Schönau at Königssee. It’s situated on the outskirts of the national park and beautifully overlooks the lake. An adult will pay 6,90 EUR per day, while for a motorhome - 10 EUR. The price includes an access to the showers. You can take your pets at the campsite, which costs 2,5 EUR per day.

Near the campsite there are restaurants and shops. It's a children-friendly place - here you will find several playgrounds, where the offspring can play to their hearts content.

After returning from the cruise we may stop for a moment in a small town located by the lake. The local restaurants serve delicious Bavarian food, which is really worth to taste. With full belly and fresh memories of the lake, we can move farther.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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