The Königssee, a favourite destination of the Bavarian kings
A boat trip on the Königssee (lake) is one of the most important experiences of the Berchtesgaden Land. Highlight of the trip is the world-famous Köngissee echo and the visit to the St. Bartholomä pilgrimage church. This was a favourite destination of the Bavarian kings for more than 100 years. The majestic scenery around the Königssee has also inspired artists like Schinkel, Rottmann or Stifter. Back then as well as today the boats are the only possibility to reach the former hunting lodge and the church. Surrounded by high rock faces, the Königssee is situated like a fjord in the heart of the Alps. The eastern mountainside of the Watzmann rises 1800 m. An unforgettable sight. To preserve this nature idyll, the Berchtesgaden national park was established in 1978. No intervention should affect flora, fauna and water. Today the Königssee is the clearest lake in Germany with drinking water quality, approx 5 km² in size, 8 km long and 1.2 km wide at its widest point and up to 190 m deep. In a historic restaurant you can enjoy coffee and cake, lunch or a traditional Bavarian snack.