Beautiful Konigssee Lake in Bavaria
As one of the cleanest and most beautiful lakes in Bavaria, Germany, Konigssee represents one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. The lake can be found very close to the border of Austria, and most of its waters are actually a part of the Berchtesgaden National Park.
As the third deepest lake in the country, the Konigssee was formed by glaciers during the last ice age, and it spans 4.8 miles from north to south and 1.1 miles across its widest area. The area surrounding this gorgeous landmark is dotted with mountains that are as tall as 8,900 feet, one of the most prominent being the Watzmann massif in the west. From 1909 to 1965, guests could arrive at the lake via a railway. However, in 1971 the tracks were completely removed, as well as the train station itself in 2012. The literal translation of the lake’s name is “king’s lake”, but this version is somewhat controversial since there have been no true Bavarian kings since the times of Louis the German. Consequently, many believe that the lake was named after the local nobles, who were known as Kuno, especially since the lake was formerly named Kunigsee.
Apart from its clear, glistening waters, this stunning body of water also impresses with an exquisite echo, which is often demonstrated by tour guides during boat trips using a flugelhorn or a trumpet. The echo usually reverberates 7 times, which allows the trumpeter to play along with the returning sounds in order to create the illusion of 7 actual players.
A peninsula placed halfway down the western shore of the lake holds a renowned pilgrimage church named St. Bartholomä, which also boasts its own inn. This church, as well as the southern edge of the lake, can only be reached by boat or through several hiking trails that go through the mountains. Furthermore, the lake is known to freeze during the cold winter months. This is a phenomenon that ensures much more direct route, but stepping on the ice has often proved deadly, which is why we definitely don’t recommend it.