One of the most beautiful, but also most visited places in Germany by far is Königssee in Berchtesgaden. I had the opportunity to visit this spectacular location and I am here once more to give you all the tips you need to have the perfect visit of Königssee in Germany!
The Königssee is an emerald green lake in the National Park of Berchtesgaden and is often referred to as Germany’s most beautiful Alpine lake. Imagine crystal clear water surrounded by nature and mountains as far as the eye can see. In the morning you’ll see the fog rising up from the lake which is a sight you simply can’t miss. And once the sun rises above the mountains they will be shimmering in a yellow golden hue.
The Perfect Visit of Königssee in Germany
When should you visit Königssee
From April to October there are daily boat tours that allow you to cross the Königsee and grants you the opportunity to visit Saint Bartholomeus and the smaller lake Obersee (my personal favourite).
The electric boats that take you around the entire lake only run from April to October. In between those months you can still visit Saint Bartholomeus but the boats won’t go until Obersee.
The first boat goes out at 8am in the morning, the last one arrives back at 5pm. If you want to have a peaceful experience and don’t want to get poked in the eye by too many selfie sticks, I highly recommend taking the first boat at 8am.
I know, I know, I always tell you to get your but out of bed early. But I know from first hand experience that it’s actually pretty awful if you visit this place during peak hours! My parents visited Berchtesgaden 1 week before I did (jeeej extra tips!) and went at 3pm. These electric boats are pretty small but they will get stuffed with people and you’ll be very uncomfortable.
I chose to arrive at 7.15am (yes, I am always early :p) so I could buy my ticket as soon as the ticket counter opens at 7.30am. Important to know is that they don’t accept card here! The ticket to visit both stops (so including Obersee) is €19.
COVID- 19 UPDATE
- As of now they do accept payment by card and this is actually preferred.
- There are 2 different waiting lines: one for the ticket counter and one for the people that already bought a ticket online and can go and wait at the jetty. If I would visit again I would also buy my ticket online to avoid having to cue twice.
- The amount of people allowed on the boats is limited and wearing a face mask is obligated. In my personal opinion they still let too many people in 1 boat at once since it was impossible to keep distance.
- The amount of tickets/day is limited so either buy yours from before online or get there when the counter opens (people were already cueing at 7AM.
Location of the ticket counter – Bayerische Seenschifffahrt Königssee
Where to stay in Berchtesgaden
I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Berghotel Rehlegg and would go back in a heartbeat! All of their rooms come with a view over the mountains and their breakfast buffet is so delicious and diverse that I could have had it for lunch and dinner as well.
Book your stay here.
Hotel Bavaria – A charming hotel set in the historic town of Berchtesgaden. Spacious rooms are traditionally dressed with light wooden floors, pine furniture and exposed beams.
Hotel Edelweiss Berchtesgaden – A family run hotel in the center of Berchtesgaden.
Which places to visit at Königssee
The only way to cross the Königssee is by one of the electric boats. They leave every 15 minutes and start at 8am.
There are two stops along the way: the church of Saint Bartholomeus and Salet where after 15 minutes walking you’ll stumble upon the beautiful Obersee.
Take the first boat at 8am and don’t get off at Saint Bartholomeus, stay seated until you reach the second stop Salet. Most people will first visit Saint Bartholomeus which means that you’ll have the area around Obersee almost entirely to yourself.
Plus, the prettiest view of Saint Bartholomeus is actually from the boat itself.
After 45 minutes you’ll arrive at Salet, simply follow the arrows that state Obersee and after 15 minutes walking you’ll be rewarded by the most amazing view.
Now, if you’re up for a little hike, I totally recommend you to follow the signs to Fischunkelalm. It’s a 45 minute hike that will lead you all the way around the lake and for me this was the main reason why I visited. If you’re doing this hike make sure to wear proper shoes! Part of the hike goes over rocks and can be really slippery!
After sitting down and taking in the view it is time to hike back and since the boats run every 15 minutes you won’t have to wait long until you can continue your journey.
Make sure to always keep your ticket on you, otherwise you won’t be allowed back on the boat!
Another beautiful viewpoint at Königssee is located close to the boat docks! When facing the water simply go to the left and walk behind the boat storages. After a few minutes you’ll already reach the first one called Malerwinkel, and while it’s beautiful it’s not as beautiful as Rabenwand! To reach the best viewpoint you have to hike up a little more and some parts of this hike are more rocky and can be slippery so make sure to wear proper shoes!
Things to know before visiting Königssee
Cash is king – On my trip through Germany I realised that in a lot of places they simply don’t accept payment by card. So always make sure to have enough cash on you! The restaurants on both Saint Bartholomeus and Salet only accept cash.
Average time spend – 4,5 hours
Where to park – There is a huge parking lot close to the lake. You can pay up to 3 hours maximum at the same time or opt for a day ticket (€5).