Lake Königssee

Just a short drive to Germany is a lovely mountain lake,  Königssee, where you can take an old boat to some pretty spectacular sights.  It is in Berchtesgaden, Germany, a place I have already raved about here and the Berchtesgaden salt mine here. This is not a long drive from Salzburg, so one Saturday we drove down only to be turned around by rain.  Thankfully, we returned on Monday because we couldn’t pass up the sunshine.

This was the first day, actually, I snapped  a pic of the boat ride we didn't take.

This was the first day, actually, I snapped a pic of the boat ride we didn’t take. Notice, no blue sky.

In fact, we took a great walk around the  shops and started a little hike…

my little hiker

my little hiker- he made it all the way up to where you  see the crane.

Once again, it pains me to take entire weekend day to view something we have in our own country.  Cement truck. sigh.

Once again, it pains me to take entire weekend day to view something we have in our own country. Cement truck. sigh.

But, from this view, we could see this waterfall in the distance.  And, I was determined to get closer…

Huge waterfall, turns out the boat glides right past it.

Huge waterfall, turns out the boat glides right past it.

So, two days later, we are off!

Seriously exciting boat trip for E-man.

Seriously exciting boat trip for E-man.

Leaving the dock

Leaving Berchtesgaden in the background

The boat was filled with German-speakers and the captain provided a commentary, all in German so we missed all the jokes.  They even stopped mid-way at a huge rock wall while the first mate pulls out a trumpet to play notes to demonstrate the echo.  The 35 min ride alone was worth every penny, or, uh, Euro.

He got a hefty tip for this stunt.

He got a hefty tip for this stunt.

We approach the end of the lake, St. Bartholomew.

But, here- our destination is in sight! We approach the end of the lake, St. Bartholomew.

The red-onion domed building is the icon of the lake.  It was once a monastery, now a Bavarian beer garden, of course.  It is surrounded by hiking trails and pristine mountain cliffs.

Off the boat and onto the trails...

Off the boat and onto the trails…

view from trails

View from trails-Bertchesgaden National Park

The mountain kept giving off these avalanches that made the most incredible sound!

The mountain kept giving off these avalanches that made the most incredible sound!

View of the boat dock at St. Bart's

View of the boat dock at St. Bart’s

Love this Lake!!!

Love this Lake!!!

We could have stayed there all day and taken in the pristine scenery.

We could have stayed there all day and taken in the pristine scenery.

But, alas, a nearly-three-year-old prevents such things.

You can pick out what I think is the Bavarian flag floating on the Bier Garten sign...

You can pick out what I think is the Bavarian flag floating on the Bier Garten sign…

Could you possibly have a nicer place to have lunch!?!  Quite popular is the fish caught out of the lake, super fresh!

Does it get any better than this?

Does it get any better than this?

Ah, this place.

Ah, this place. I just love it.

So, back on the boat, we arrive at the dock with a little Sunburn too!!! yeah! This place is a haven for German tourists too, and the down hill ski area is only 10 minute walk through this little street of fun shops selling authentic German clothing and apple strudels.

Poor little guy is wiped out as you can see here… and so am I tonight, so that is a wrap.

Yours in avalanches and beer gardens, Kim

Yours in avalanches and beer gardens, Kim

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4 thoughts on “Lake Königssee

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  2. Hi, I have found your review very interesting as I will be flying to Germany-Austria next April 2017 & one of the places we will be visiting is lake Konigsee, I could take an idea how the surroundings will be in April, not that cool like the summer colours but looks pretty amazing anyways. Thank you!

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