Boat trips and hiking at Lake Konigsee in Germany
Close to Salzburg – right after the border to Bavaria – you will find the idyllic village of Berchtesgaden, where you can recharge your batteries. To protect the beauty of the mountain landscape the government of Bavaria founded the Berchtesgaden National Park in 1978, with the beautiful Lake Königssee in the heart of the park. The lake is located amidst the steep rock faces of the Watzmann mountain range. At an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level, the Watzmann Mountain is enthroned above the lake. 190 metres deep and eight kilometres long, Lake Königssee dominates the valley between the Watzmann Mountain in the west and the Jenner and Gotzenberg mountains in the east. Blissful silence is the main characteristic of the region around Lake Königssee, the jewel of the Bavarian Alps. A boat trip on Lake Königssee is one of the activities you should not miss during your trip to Berchtesgaden.
The pilgrimage church St. Batholomä, a former hunting lodge of the Bavarian kings, is also located by Lake Königssee. The princedom of Berchtesgaden founded the hunting lodge and the church of St. Bartolomä. With the construction of the Triconchos, the church finally acquired its present-day appearance in 1697. The plastering inside is by Joseph Schmidt of Salzburg. In the 18th century the hunting lodge was rebuilt. When Berchtesgaden became a part of Bavaria in 1810, St. Bartolomä became one of the favourite residences of the Bavarian kings. The world-famous pilgrimage site in front of the Watzmann mountain range has inspired landscapist from the Romantic era to the present day.