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What travelers are saying
- Beautiful place and definitely worth visiting. The boat ride is overpriced imo (€22 per pax for a roundtrip and only to the church, not the end) but pretty much the only way you can see the best parts of the place. I thought it was very presumptuous of the boat captain to go around asking for tips after playing a few notes on the trumpet, especially since the ticket price is already steep to begin with. You’re essentially forced to tip due to peer pressure because almost everyone else does. Not a classy move at all.Written November 8, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Obersee is a small natural lake just to the southeast of Königssee (lake) near Berchtesgaden. You can visit by way of a short walk from the Salet stop at the southern end of Königssee for those who take the round trip boat ride across the popular lake to visit for tourists in the area.
From Salet you make a 15 minute walk to the northern shore of Obersee before following the trail along the western side of lake, through the woods and along the shore. Views of the clear waters are really nice, some beautiful picture taking opportunities until you reach the southern end.
At the southern end of Obersee, there are some other trails and longer routes through the Berchtesgaden National Park for those doing long distance hikes. You will also find a short 30 minute hike opportunity from here to the south, arriving at a meadow with fair views of Röthbachfall (waterfall).
From the southern shore of Obersee, you can also make a rest stop at the small restaurant here to try a glass of buttermilk, a beer or some local cheese while enjoying the lakeside environs. Then just return the way you came back to the Salet boat dock for your. return boat ride on Königssee.Written October 6, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is an enjoyable gondola ride from Königssee up to Janner Peak (1874 mt) for those wanting to spend time up on the mountain. The cable car operates from 9am to 5pm (Summer Schedule) and return tickets cost €42 per adult. They can be purchased online or at the ticketing office at the lower terminus.
There are two stops at Middle Station and Upper (Berg) Station both of which have facilities including public toilets and restaurants. There is an exhibition area and souvenir shop at the upper station. During our recent visit, we went straight to the Upper Station and hiked along well-marked trails that led down to the Middle Station where we boarded for the downward journey back down to Königssee.
Note: There is a large car park area at Königssee which can be used for those visiting the lake as well as Jannerbahn.
In the end, this was a nice gondola ride with nice views. It is a good way to access the upper sections of Janner mountain where there are some great trails with views of the surrounding Berchtesgaden National Park, various peaks nearby and Königssee.Written October 10, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is a charming Roman Catholic pilgrimage church located on the western shore of Königssee Lake with the Watzmann mountain range in the background. It is dedicated to the apostle St. Bartholomew, patron of alpine farmers and dairymen. The first chapel here was built in 1134. However, what you see today was a Baroque style church with red onion shaped domes at the end of the 17th-century.
You can visit St. Bartholomew's Church and explore the surrounding grounds only by boat trip. It is a dedicated stop with a landing pier on the Königssee boat trip (#12 on the boat brochure). In addition to seeing the church exterior, we were able to go inside and view the interior nave which is a bit small but quaint, worth a few minutes time visiting, even if there are many other tourists doing the same and creating a fair sized crowd inside the small church.Written September 26, 2023
- Just have a short boat trip to other shore of Königsee and in 1.5 hours you can climb to the wonderful water fall which is the highest in Germany. Enjoy the fresh milk in the hut close to the hiking trail. A must see.Written August 1, 2019
- A nice family pool with a spacious lawn. There is a terrace for drinks and snacks. The pool has excellent changing rooms and showers. The parking area is unfortunately not too large.Written June 5, 2019
- We love walking this path with will take about 1 hour. Make sure you find Malerwinkel and enjoy and stay a while.Written January 17, 2022
- Writing this down because it was the adventure of a lifetime for me, BUT this adventure is not suitable for people with walking challenges.
The Eiskapelle adventure was enormous fun for my friend and I but not suitable for anyone because of the risk and danger involved. If it rains, don’t go, if it snows, don’t go, if the ground is slippery, don’t go, if visibility is low, don’t go.
Once you leave the path with trees, it takes a good eye to spot the markings for directions, but this is the fun part - you will need to figure out where you can find the Eiskapelle and remember your way home.
Looking back, we experienced such fun because we expected a normal hiking path with super clear signage to the Eiskapelle, so we did not read any trail path maps. This is how our hike turned out totally unexpected when we realised we were in a scenery that looked like in wildlife documentaries, thought we were lost in the wild, and were pressured with time.
Warning - This is not suitable for kids and elderly with walking challenges. Hiking boots are essential for your own safety/protection. Travel light. Wear waterproof as it might drizzle / rain lightly. Do not go if it's raining/snowing. Avoid solo adventure here.
Warning - the Eiskapelle is naturally formed and could collapse at any time. This is why many tourist information materials have a warning message recommending people to avoid going in. You can still get some nice photos from the entrance of the Eiskapelle, without going in them. It’s already fantastically fun doing the hike.
How to get there?
Get the 20€ boat return ticket (2 hour total return time, check timetable a day before), take the boat from Schifffahrt Königssee to St. Bartholomä.
Hike from St. Bartholomä to Eiskapelle and return, 9km with 470m elevation gain. You can EASILY spend more than half a day here for more adventure, just note the last boat that takes ALL remaining humans back to civilisation leaves at 6pm.
There are clear signs from St. Bartholomä towards the Eiskapelle until you see the rivers in the huge mountain valley, the walk gets slightly challenging from here. And the fun begins.
(Option A: If you want to increase the challenge and the fun to figure things out yourself, do not read on, and do not look at trail maps - such as Google map which states the exact path from the boat to the Eiskapelle.)
(Option B: If you don’t want to look at trail maps because you want to find the way yourself in the wild, read my descriptions below.)
(Option C: If you want more clarity and know everything in advance and see where you are going, read this official page, especially its trail map at the bottom of the page, and my descriptions below.)
Keep walking alongside the river until you are in the large middle ground of the valley where two yellow colour warning signs are located (warning of falling stones).
Next, keep walking forward while trying to spot a small black hole on your right that is surrounded by chalky white colours. Congratulations, you’ve found one of the Eiskapelle and glaciers!
This Eiskapelle is located slightly high up from the Watzmann mountain foot. You should be aware that this cave is challenging to climb up but there is a lower cave on its left. If you decide to climb up the right side cave, do be extra careful of the slippery stones. Navigate your routes in advance to avoid falling/slipping.
The left side cave is more easily accessible than the right side cave but you cannot see it before you get nearer. So you need to just have faith, go towards the chalky white glacier on the left side, climb up just a little until the left cave becomes visible to you. Congratulations, you’ve found the second Eiskapelle!Written November 3, 2022
- A lovely experience to board the all electric wooden boats for a tour around the lake. Enjoy the echo!Written January 17, 2022
- Not far away from the crowded street that leads to the boats on the lake, lies a great and discreet place dedicated to Romy Schneider, the certainly most important actor of the area. A must do for fans and for those willing to see some unique pieces out of her youth and life achievements.Written July 30, 2023
- It's a lovely little town and well worth wandering around the marktplatz, especially as the whole thing only takes about 10 minutes.Written January 15, 2022
- It's a relatively easy walk, assuming reasonable mobility and fitness, and a clearly defined and safe trail, that isn't signposted, but reached by heading toward Obersee from St Bartholomew's. About an hour or so, round-trip.Written January 15, 2022
- This is the pier at the St. Bartholomew stop on Königssee Lake. Boats stop here going both directions so you can disembark, visit the church and explore the area before continuing onward to Salet at the far southern end of the lake. Or you can go all the way to Salet first, explore that area and Obersee. Then take boat ride here to St. Bartholomew before continuing the round trip back to Königssee main pier.
Note that there are two separate queues at the St. Bartholomew pier for those going onward to Salet and those back to Königssee. The signs are easy to follow. Have your ticket ready when they begin boarding boats for next ride and be aware of timetables for last departures if you are visiting in the middle afternoon.Written September 25, 2023
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