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"Koenigsee, more than you think" Top 5 Page for this destination Berchtesgaden Favorite Tip by iandsmith

Berchtesgaden General: 25 reviews and 55 photos

  Deer feeding station
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  • Deer feeding station - Berchtesgaden
      Deer feeding station
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  • Koenigsbachfall - Berchtesgaden
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  • Kessel - Berchtesgaden
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  • The red memorial - Berchtesgaden
      The red memorial
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  • Watzmann Ostwand - Berchtesgaden
      Watzmann Ostwand
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Favorite thing: Like any good jewel, there are many facets to Koenigsee.
One of those is the deer feeding station. This is maintained by the national parks because man has usurped much of the deer's natural feeding area so a station at Reitl (shown here) and one at St. Bartholomew's are stocked to keep the herd viable.
As one would expect in a mountainous area with water, there are waterfalls. The most obvious one is Koenigsbachfall which is located on the southern side of the lake and starts at around 1,600 metres.
At Kessel (pic 3) there is a small wharf that is active in summer as hikers alight to ascend to Gotzenalm, a mountain meadow with one of the best views over the lake.

Fondest memory: A DEADLY PLACE:
There are two things I was told when I was younger - "Never turn your back on the surf or the mountains". This sage advice I never forgot and perhaps it would have aided some of those who have ventured here in the past.
There's a red cross (right hand side, base of cliff) that marks the spot where 70 pilgrims drowned in 1688 when their boat shattered on the rocks of Falkensteiner Wand in a storm; then, while you're gazing at the splendour of the soaring striated cliffs of Watzmann Ostwand, you might also reflect that, since the mountain was first climbed in 1881, over 90 people have perished here.

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  • Written Apr 7, 2008
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