Thanks to its emerald-green water and the surrounding fjord-like mountain landscape, Königssee is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in all of Germany. Why a trip to the most famous mountain lake in Bavaria is worthwhile, we tell you here.

First things first: If you want to explore Königssee, you can only do so from the water. The surrounding rock faces that border the lake drop so steeply into the water that there are no roads, footpaths or bike paths around Königssee. But that doesn't matter, because a trip across the fjord-like lake will remain in your memory for a long time.

First stop of the electric powered excursion boats is St. Bartholomä with its famous baroque pilgrimage church, whose wine-red onion domes are probably one of the most photographed motifs in Germany. From the pilgrimage church, a trail of about two hours leads to the ice chapel. The ice field with a large cavity inside is definitely worth the hike. The second stop on the boat tour, which takes just under an hour, is Salet. From here you can reach Obersee in 10 minutes and after another hour's walk the picturesquely situated Fischunkelalm at the end of Obersee. Both in the Obersee and in the Königssee you can also swim well. The water of both lakes is very clear, has drinking water quality and is very refreshing especially on hot days. A real highlight during the trip is the echo stop on the lake. A member of the boat crew then blows into a flugelhorn, the sounds of which are reflected back several times from the surrounding rock faces - pure romance.

If you like, you can also explore the lake all alone or in pairs with the rowing boat. The rental is open in good weather from mid-May to early October from 11 am (until about 5 pm). You can enjoy great views of the lake on a hike along the Malerwinkel circuit. Through the dense forest on the lake shore, fantastic views of the entire lake and the alpine mountain scenery open up again and again. Here you can also stop at the beautifully located Malerwinkel Café.

Cover photo: The steep rock faces of the surrounding mountains emphasize the fjord-like character of Lake Königsee © Max.T - stock.adobe.com

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