There are few places left in the world with water both clear as the eye can see and clean enough to drink straight from the source. Located in the Berchtesgadener Land of Germany, and about an hour drive from Salzburg, Lake Konigssee is “king” of them all. Ever since living in Austria several years ago, a side trip to this lake has become a staple when we visit the area. Konigssee is one of the lesser known attractions when one thinks of the Salzburg area, but it’s absolutely worth the trip.
The lake does not allow any motorized activity, so the best way to get around to the various sites and hiking paths is to take the local electric boat. As it glides nearly silently across the water, one will notice that the water gets deeper, but not any less clear. The nice thing about a place this beautiful is that it holds true regardless of the time of year. We have visited often in the summer, when hikes and sunshine make the days long and full of activities. But winter is no less striking with snow covering the mountains and trees, creating the true meaning of silence on the water.
The town of St. Bartholomew is the starting point for hikes, a place to spot deer feeding in the winter, and home to a small restaurant that serves trout right out of the lake (and local beer straight from the tap). It’s also the best place to take in the views of the sheer mountain walls, where the hills seem to be alive.
Intercontinental Berchtesgaden Resort
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Consultant by professional trade but diplomat’s wife and mother in her personal life, Ania blogs about living life in two to three year increments around the world, and all the adventures that happen in between.