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Koenigssee & St. Bartholomae
a great daytrip to Bavaria
You just have to hop over the border

Koenigssee is just about 4 km from the city-centre of Berchtesgaden and not more than maybe 10km from Salzburg and it is a Must for all lovers of unspoilt nature. Koenigssee is almost from all sides surrounded by high mountains and only from one side you can approach it at all . Only in Schoenau am Koengissee there is a small part of the lake that is accessible for cars and hikers.Many of the mountains surrounding the lake are at the same time the border to Austria, BUT no access is possible there, except for well-experienced hikers and mountain-climbers.
Koenigssee is 603 meters above sea-level and it has a length of 7,7 km, a maximum width of 1,2 km and a maximum depth is 190 meters.
Shipping is possible there almost all of the year, although the lake is mostly too cold in summer to swim there.
An excursion to St. Bartholomae is a Must, while on vacation in Berchtesgaden ! This church is for sure one of the most-photographed churches in Bavaria, and you may find its pictures in many books and postcards. Maybe it is because of the scenic place of that church in front of the high mountain-scenery.
The first church at this place dated back to the year 1134, in 1698 the lovely towers with the onion-tops were added. St. Bartholomae is the saint for the alpine farmers and shepherds and so this place became a quite popular place for the local farmers.
The church looks nice from inside, but not very special, so in case that it is locked, while you are there, you did not miss a lot. The main attraction is in my opinion its lovely white facade with the red onion-towers and the great mountain-scenery behind of it !
The pilgrim-church of St.Bartholomae is about 4 km from from Schoenau, at the shore of Koenigssee, the only way to get there is by boat !!!
The very best way to explore the almost unspoilt nature around Berchtesgaden is certainly the ship from Schoenau am Koenigssee. These ships are driven by electric, so you even won't hear any noises of trafic and you may enjoy the ECHO of Koenigssee, when one of the boat-people is playing the trumpet and the echo returns several times.
The ship is the only way to see the banks of Koenigsee, St. Bartholomae and Obersee, except maybe a few tiny, dangerous and steep mountain-paths through the woods. Along the way over the lake you may see only a few places, where something like a beach exists, in some cases with a small hut, but even those places are almost un-accesible except by boat (AND you may land there only upon prior appointment).
All of the ships will first go to St.Bartholomae and continue to Obersee, and will finally get back to St.Bartholomae again before they return to Schoenau.
All of these ships are powered by electric engines, you almost will not hear any noises at all.
ships are running all year EXCEPT Dec. 24th !!!
returntickets to St.Bartolomae are 11 euros
children (6-14) are 5,50 euros, dogs 2,50 !
"Kaffeerunde" (after 02.00p.m.) is 13,80 euros and
it includes the ship and a coffee and cake in St. Bartholomae
returntickets to SALET are 14 euros
for children : 7,00 , for dogs 2,50
"Kaffeerunde" (after 02.00p.m.)is 15,50 euros and
it includes the ship + coffee and a cake in Salet
NO toilets onboard !!!

Website: www.bayerische-seenschifffahrt.de

Directions: At the trainstation of Berchtesgaden you have to follow the signposts for Koenigssee, its just 4 km from there and a local bus will take you there.
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  • Updated Aug 12, 2012
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