Königssee - the "King`s Lake". It is not quite clear where the name comes from. However one thing is for sure: Lake Königssee is one of the most attractive destinations for excursions in Bavaria. The picturesque lake is flanked by majestic mountains, like Mount Watzmann, Jenner and Hagengebirge. With 192 m depth Königssee is the deepest lake in Bavaria and below its surface many a secrets are hidden, like the one of the "Beetle treasure in Lake Königssee".
Once the electrically powered boats have passed the little island Christlieger the view opens to steeply rising rock faces. In front of this impressive backdrop the captain of the boat plays the trumpet, and the sound of its echo comes back like a real force of nature. The pilgrimage church of Saint Bartholomew can be discerned even from a distance. The emerald green waters of the lake are housing many types of fish, however fishing is only permitted to the local fisherman Thomas Amort.
Every year countless hikers are lured by manifold hiking and mountain trails to the area of Lake Königssee where everyone will meet their individual liking: Hiking to the alpine hut Fischunkelalm where regional food and drinks are offered; challenging climbs through the eastern face of Mount Watzmann; passing by the local fisherman; contemplative devotions in the pilgrimage church... Your host will be happy to provide further assistance.
It is a special highlight for both locals and tourists when Lake Königssee freezes over in winter. In these occasions the lake bustles with pedestrians, cross-country skiers, cyclists and ice scaters. The latest information of whether the ice committee consideres the surface of the frozen over lake as safe can be found on our website.
Another event that attracts many guests every year is when the cattle is being brought back from their alpine summer pastures. The cows are shipped from their pastures to the other side shore of Lake Königssee, where they are being welcomed and start marching towards their stables.