Day trip to Königssee: Germany's most beautiful lake

Access to Lake Kunio

The King's Lake (Königssee) is a well-known tourist attraction near Munich, located in the Alpine region of the Berchtesgaden National Park, south of Salzburg in Austria. The King's Lake is easily accessible from Munich, and you can take a train to the neighboring city of Berchtesgaden. If you choose to drive like we did, the closest route is the A8, which takes about two hours. However, it is important to note that this route crosses the border between Austria and Germany, so you need to buy a pass at a rest stop before crossing the border, otherwise you will be fined.
 

 
 

King's Lake is crowded with tourists, so when you arrive at King's Lake, you first have to walk through the crowded shopping streets and buy a boat ticket at the harbor.

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King's Lake Cruise Itinerary

 
Surrounded by the Alps and formed by glaciers, King's Lake is known as the most beautiful lake in Germany. In order to protect the environment, only electric boats, hand rowing boats and pedal boats are allowed to sail on it. An essential part of traveling here is to take a tour of the lake on an electric boat, through which visitors can reach the St. Bartholomew's Church, the Upper Lake and other attractions. When you buy a ticket, you can choose whether you want to go to the farther Salet, where you can go to the Upper and Lower Lakes, or you can buy a ticket for St. Bartholomew's Church only. We chose to buy the ticket to Salet.
 
There are a total of 17 electric boats currently sailing, and the boathouses can be seen just off shore.
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There are explanations on board, but most of the boats are in German, and there are also English itineraries. If you are afraid of not being able to understand German, you can download their app, which will start playing the narration when you arrive at a fixed point. Halfway to St. Bartholomew's Church, there will be a mandatory performance. The captain of the boat will stop the boat, and the boatman will blow the horn, so that everyone can listen to the echo of the horn in the mountains. After blowing the horn, the captain will ask for a tip for his hat.
 
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King's Lake

 
After the boat arrives at Salet, there will be a hiking trip afterward, so you can decide whether you want to climb up to the upper lake according to your own time planning. If you just walk to the lower lake, it will take about 10 minutes.

The King's Lake is famous for its crystal clear, emerald green color and is the deepest lake in Germany. It is the deepest lake in Germany. There are so many tourists here, we had a hard time to find a good spot to take photos and have a picnic after we walked down to the lake. We had a hard time to find a good spot to take photos and have a picnic.
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St. Bartholomew's Church

 
St. Bartholomew's Church is the closest stop to the port of departure, and its chic, onion-topped form has made it an icon of the Lake of the Kings, built in the 12th century. The hunting lodge next to it is now a small hotel with an internal restaurant where you can have lunch. It is important to note that if you disembark here at the first stop, you may have to wait in line for a long time before you can continue to the upper lake. Therefore, we followed the advice on the internet and took the boat directly to Salet and disembarked here on our way back to the lake.
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On the way back, you can rest in the large grassy area next to the church, which is much more relaxing than the busy King's Lake shoreline, although there are still a lot of people coming and going.
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Panaroma drive, Bishopsgate

After the cruise, we had planned to go to Jena Peak, but unfortunately the cable car was under maintenance, so we couldn't go there, and it was too late for us to go to Eagle's Nest. From Bessie Gaston to King's Lake is only 10 minutes away, so we went to the Bessie Gaston hotel first, the hotel desk introduced us to drive to Panaroma drive to take the scenic road to see the Alps.

It seems that this place is not specifically described in the travel books. In winter, most of the area is a ski resort, and since it is summer, I don't see many tourists. You have to pay a few dollars for a pass to enter the area, but the scenery on the way is very beautiful, so if you have a car and time, I recommend driving there.
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The route basically goes up and around the mountain, with European-style countryside scenery at the beginning.
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There are pastures on the mountainside, and from time to time you can see herds of cows and sheep with bells hanging.

There are plenty of places on the road to stop and take panoramic photos of Salzburg.

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When you get to the top of the mountain, there is a small trail that you can take, which is supposed to be the highest point of the winter ski resort, and there is also a ski lift and a ski run next to it.

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Bechgasden

 
There are quite a few other attractions in the vicinity of Bishop Garsden, but we only had one day and one night, so the rest of our time was just enough to stroll around Bishop Garsden town and savor the town's scenery. The architecture of the town itself is very cute, some people describe it as a fairy tale.
 
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Although the town is small, the shopping area and the food are not lacking, and if you are interested, you can also try the Bavarian cuisine here.
 
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