12 Best Things to Do in Beautiful Lake Königssee, Bayern (2024)

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Looking for the best things to do in Lake Königssee?

As experienced travellers, we’ve explored this Bavarian jewel on our motorhome trip through Germany, allowing us to discover hidden spots and local secrets beyond the typical tourist path.

Nestled in Berchtesgaden National Park, Königssee Lake, Germany, is a haven of natural beauty. It was one of our favourite places that we visited on our year-long trip across Europe.

In this post, we answer your burning question of what to do in konigssee by sharing the best activities to do there from our firsthand experiences.

From serene boat rides to scenic hikes, there are plenty of Königssee things to do to enjoy both its beauty and serenity.

Dive into our journey for more insights, and let’s ensure your trip is as memorable as ours.

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Lake Konigssee, Bayern (Bavaria), Germany ©Lifejourney4two

QUICK OVERVIEW: Best Things to Do in Konigssee, Germany

  1. Stroll the Konigssee lakeside harbour
  2. Take a Konigssee boat ride
  3. Visit the pilgrimage church of St. Bartholomew
  4. Take in the magnificence of Lake Konigssee
  5. Climb the mountainside for a birdseye view of the Lake
  6. Take a walk to St. Johann and Paul Chapel
  7. Hike to the Eiskapelle (Ice Chapel)
  8. Walk to Obersee Lake and hike a little further to Rothbach Waterfall, (Germany’s highest falls)
  9. Walk to the Malerwinkel Viewpoint (Painter’s Corner)
  10. Take a Ride on the Jennerbahn Cable Car
  11. Watch the annual Almabtrieb
  12. Enjoy a Konigssee Day Trip or Tour

MAP: Konigssee Things to Do

In this map, you’ll find all the places we mention and also include a couple of hiking trails for you to follow.

To use this map, expand it using the square symbol on the top right-hand side, and then you will find the key on the left-hand side.

The 12 Top Things To Do at Lake Konigssee

Here, we’ve distilled the essence of our experiences into the 12 must-do activities. From tranquil strolls to exhilarating hikes, each spot offers a unique slice of this Bavarian paradise.

So, ready your adventurous spirit and let’s dive into the wonders of what to do in Königssee.

 1. Stroll Lake Konigssee Harbour

A good place to start your Konigssee visit is at the cutesie village around the harbour. Here, you’ll find the quintessential Bavarian-style buildings and plenty of cozy spots for a bite to eat or shops to find a unique souvenir to take home.

Don’t miss the walks starting behind the boathouses — they offer a peaceful escape from the bustling harbour-front and some great views of the lake.

💡If you want to grab a map or find any information, stop at the tourist office near the car park before you set off on your explorations.

Wooden house with green leafy shrubs overhanding the railings at Königssee
 The Schiffmeister Hotel, restaurant and shops ©Lifejourney4two

Row Boats for Hire at the Harbour

If you take a boat ride, you can capture a nice shot of the harbour with the lake in the foreground on the way back to shore.

There are rowing boats to hire (cost per hour) at the harbour, too. But I wouldn’t recommend rowing all the way to St Bartholomew.

Most people just hire them and row out around the small island, Christlieger (also called St.John’s Island), a few hundred metres from the harbour.

The island features a marble statue of Saint John of Nepomuk and a small grotto built in 1711 to honour four survivors of a boating accident.

Saint John of Nepomuk is known as a protector against floods and drowning, a title he earned after his own tragic death.

The then King of Bohemia (Czech Republic) ordered him to be gagged and thrown into the Vltava River in a goatskin. This violent act led to him being remembered as the patron saint of those at risk of drowning or floods.

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Christlieger Island with the John of Nepmuk statue – not a great photo as we were in the electric boat, and it’s at the back end of the statue ©Lifejourney4two

2. Take a Konigssee Boat Ride

If you are visiting Lake Konigssee, taking a Königssee boat tour on an electric boat to the further reaches of the lake is a must. There aren’t any paths all around the lake, so the boat is your only option unless you are up for serious mountain climbing and hiking.

We recommend booking your ticket a day in advance because Konigssee Lake is one of the top places to visit in Germany and can become extremely busy.

For the most serene experience, we found catching the first boat in the morning allowed for fewer crowds and stunning, undisturbed views.

A spot on the right-hand side of the boat offered the best vantage point for photos. And is also the best position for hearing the Flugelhorn Echo. In the quiet of the early morning, we’ll never forget this moment. The sound reverberating off the steep cliffs was truly mesmerising.

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Lake Konigssee’s electric eco-friendly boats ©Lifejourney4two

Buying Your Boat Ticket

Boat tickets can be bought lakeside or online. We arrived at Konigssee the night before and bought a ticket for the first boat trip at 8 am. However, ordering your Konigssee boat ticket online a day before is also possible.

Tickets are collected from the kiosk at the lakeside, where it is also possible to hire a rowing boat.

Boat Details

  • Every 30 Minutes: The boats normally run every 30 minutes, with times changing depending on the season.
  • Run Year Round: Konigssee’s 19 electric boats run year-round unless the lake freezes.
  • Electric Boats: These eco-friendly boats carry about 80/90 passengers, so although the boat itself is quiet, if the passengers are chatty, you might not get the serene experience that you might expect.
  • No Toilets Onboard: There aren’t any toilets on board, so make sure you have taken care of business beforehand — watching all that water and ‘needing to go’ don’t make for a good mix!
  • To Avoid Crowds and Waiting: Bayerische Seenschifffahrt, the company that runs the Konigssee boat tours, advises that when it is busy, to take the boat trip to St. Bartholomä before 10.30 a.m. and return from St. Bartholomä by 2.30 pm at the latest.
  • Dogs Allowed: Dogs can be taken on the boats but must wear a muzzle. However, one passenger’s dog wasn’t wearing a muzzle when we were onboard. In fact, we watched the crafty dog swiftly steal its owner’s sandwich as he took it from his bag! I bet the owner wished he’d had a muzzle then!
Approaching Lake Konigssee Harbour by boat ©Lifejourney4two

Boat Stopping Points

The electric boats leave from the pier at Konigssee (see map above, ‘Seelände Königssee’) and can take you to three stops.

  1. Kessel: this stop is by request only (usually only used by hikers)
  2. St. Bartholomew Church and the farthest stop,
  3. Salet. (Note – the boats don’t go to Salet in the winter season)

The first stop at St. Batholomew church is about a 35-minute trip, and onwards, Salet takes another 20 minutes.

Listen to the Flugelhorn Echo

An extra special part of the Konigssee boat ride is the flugelhorn echo. At a certain point on the boat trip, the captain will stop the boat and play the traditional flugelhorn (a type of trumpet).

The sound of the horn echoes back from the steep rock faces. Listening to it is a unique experience.

Keep an eye out for the red cross near this point. It is a memorial to pilgrims who drowned in the lake in 1688.

3. Visit St Bartholomew’s Church

St. Bartholomew’s Church (Kirche St. Bartholomä) is an attractive red-domed Baroque-style building named after the patron Saint of alpine farmers and dairymen.

A church was originally built here in the 12th century but was remodelled in the Baroque style in the 16th century. 

Bartholomew church sits on what is now called St Bartholomew Peninsula and overlooks Konigssee Lake. Therefore, as you approach, it’s not difficult to spot its red and white domed facade.

The church is close to the pier where you disembark. Right next to it is what was once the summer residence of Bavarian kings, the old Hunting Lodge. It’s now a restaurant serving local delicacies to the many visiting tourists.  

St.Bartholomew Church is a pilgrimage church, and an annual pilgrimage still occurs every August. 

Welcome to St. Bartholomew ©Lifejourney4two

Pilgrimage to St. Bartholomew’s Church

The Bartholomä pilgrimage, originating in Maria Alm, Austria, is one of Europe’s oldest high mountain pilgrimages. This demanding nine-hour trek traverses the “Steinernes Meer” from Austria to Germany, culminating at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

The tradition dates back to 1635, started by the people of Saalfelden as a gesture of gratitude after surviving plague epidemics.

Tragically, in 1688, 71 pilgrims drowned in Lake Königssee, shifting the pilgrimage’s endpoint to St. Bartholomew’s. Each year, a wreath is placed in memory of those lost.

Revived post-World War I, today, the pilgrimage sees over 2,000 participants annually, making their spiritual journey across borders and into the heart of Bavaria’s majestic landscape.

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Shelley and Saint Bartholomew’s church on the shore of Lake Konigssee ©Lifejourney4two

4. Take in the Magnificence of Lake Konigssee

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Early morning views across Lake Konigssee with St. Bartholomew Church in the background. 

Follow the paved path just past St. Bartholomew’s Church for magnificent, unobstructed views across Lake Konigssee.

We arrived here around 8.30 am, so there were very few tourists, making it the perfect place to appreciate the lake’s serene waters.

View over Konigssee Lake in the early morning near St Bartholomew Church ©Lifejourney4two

We had worried about the early morning mist obstructing our views, but witnessing the lake enveloped in its mystical morning mist created a magical ambience. Peaceful moments like these remind you of nature’s quiet grandeur.

📸 Lars’ Photographer’s Tip
For photography enthusiasts like Lars, the early morning light combined with the mist offered a dreamy landscape waiting to be captured. He recommends a good wide-angle lens to encapsulate the vastness and a tripod for those perfect misty shots.

If you are a keen photographer, you may be interested in the travel camera equipment we use and how to maximise your travel photography when on the road.

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Early morning mist rising over Lake Konigsee, and Lars looking for good photography angles 😉 ©Lifejourney4two

We then continued up the side of the mountain for a short stint. See the next section. But for an easier, scenic route, follow the trail we have highlighted on our map.

This route, exploring the lake’s shores, takes about an hour and is around 4.5km (3 miles).

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The easy trail route to explore Konigsee Lake | ⏳ 1 hour | 4.5km

5. Climb the Mountainside for a Birdseye View of Lake Konigssee

Continuing along the paved path past the church, you’ll encounter the trail leading upwards. This hike, while steep, is an invigorating journey up the mountainside. As you ascend, the panoramic views of Lake Konigssee begin to unfold.

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Lars capturing the fantastic landscapes of Lake Konigssee from the trail ©Lifejourney4two

We recommend sturdy hiking boots for this trail, as the terrain can be challenging. If you plan on travelling further along this route, remember to pack water and perhaps a snack.

We only went a short way – just enough to get the fabulous birds-eye view over the lake.

Shelley hiking the side of the mountian surrounded by a backdrop of tree and below the emerald coloured Lake Konigssee
Hiking the banks above Lake Konigssee
Shelley looking over Lake Konigssee from above sat on a rock
Enjoying the spectacular scenery and the serenity of Konigssee Lake

6. Walk to St. Johann and Paul Chapel

The charming St. Johann and Paul Chapel is just a kilometre from the Bartholomew pier. Dating back to 1620, this little church offers a glimpse into the area’s rich history and spiritual heritage.

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St Johann and Paul Chapel beside the Eisbach River

The trail to this chapel is relatively easy, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a less demanding walk. It’s an ideal alternative to the steeper hike to the Ice Chapel further along the path.

As you wander to the chapel, take a moment to appreciate the tranquil surroundings. The chapel’s picturesque setting beside the Eisbach River makes it a perfect spot for reflection or a peaceful break

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Taking the hiking trail to St Johann and Paul Chapel (and Ice Chapel further along) ©Lifejourney4two

7. Take a Hike to The Ice Chapel (Eiskapelle)

Nestled at the foot of the imposing Watzmann Mountain lies the Ice Chapel, known locally as Eiskapelle. The hiking trail becomes more challenging.

The hiking trail closer to the ice chapel is more challenging ©Lifejourney4two

To be honest, it’s more of an ice cave than a chapel, but a natural wonder nonetheless.

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The ‘Ice Chapel’ (Eiskapelle) at Lake Konigssee

The hike itself is as rewarding as the destination. As you traverse the 6-kilometre trail from the St. Bartholomew pier, expect awe-inspiring views of the mountains and the unique landscape leading to the Ice Chapel.

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Ice Chapel’ (Eiskapelle) in a mountainous landscape ©Lifejourney4two

Trail Details
The journey to the Ice Chapel takes about one and a half hours. Remember, the path becomes more challenging after St. Johann and Paul Chapel, with rough terrain unsuitable for pushchairs.

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Ice chapel from a distance ©Lifejourney4two
Lars stood in the entrance to the Eiskapelle or ice chapel with blocks of ice forming a cave like structure
The interesting formation of ice on the Ice Chapel walls and, of course, my handsome hubby, Lars ©Lifejourney
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Ice Chapel from above ©Lifejourney4two

8. Walk to Obersee Lake and Röthbach Waterfall

If you take the boat all the way to Salet, you will be able to walk a short distance to Lake Obersee. The 15-minute walk is easy and well-suited for all ages, leading you to one of the area’s most serene spots.

Feeling adventurous?

If you are feeling a little more energetic, you can take the trail around the lake and travel a few more kilometres to the opposite end, where you’ll find Germany’s highest waterfall, the Röthbach Waterfall. However, its 480-meter drop may appear underwhelming in summer.

The beauty of this location is its seclusion. Far from the usual tourist paths, you’ll find a peaceful haven where the natural beauty of the Bavarian Alps unfolds before you.

9. Walk to The Malerwinkel Viewpoint

Discover the Malerwinkel viewpoint, a scenic treasure easily accessible from Konigssee Lakeside. Follow the path behind the boathouses on the left as you face the lake, leading you to a spot loved by artists and nature enthusiasts.

Known as ‘Painter’s Corner,’ Malerwinkel offers a panoramic view that has inspired countless artworks. It’s not hard to see why; the lake, framed by lush pine trees, presents a living landscape painting.

Whether you’re a painter, photographer, or simply an admirer of natural beauty, Malerwinkel is the perfect spot to capture the essence of Lake Konigssee. Take a moment to soak in the view and perhaps snap a photo or two for your collection.

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View of Lake Konigssee from Malerwinkel viewpoint (Painter’s Corner)

10. Ride the Jennerbahn Cable Car

Embark on a journey aboard the Jennerbahn Cable Car, where the modern 10-seater gondolas with floor-to-ceiling glass offer unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape.

Since its launch in June 2019, it’s provided a breathtaking experience for all who ride.

Stations to Explore:
With three stations – the valley, Halftime, and the summit station Jenneralm – each offers a unique vantage point and opportunities for exploration. Whether you’re starting your journey or seeking a mid-way rest, these stations are well-equipped to enhance your adventure.

Hiking Options:
The Jennerbahn is a gateway to several scenic hikes suitable for various skill levels. From the easy 3.5 km Bergstation uber Forststrasse to the more challenging 6.5 km Bergstation uber Konsweg, there’s a path for everyone.

For detailed routes and information, check out the Jennerbahn guide.

Facilities and Tips:
The Jennerbahn Valley Station opens daily at 8:00 a.m. Plan to grab a bite or enjoy a leisurely meal at the restaurants located at the middle and summit stations, open from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. Remember, the right timing can make all the difference in avoiding crowds and fully enjoying your ride and hike.

11. Watch the Annual Almabtrieb

At the end of the summer season each year, the Alpine cattle roaming the lush pastures around Salet are brought back down from the hills and taken to their owner’s cow sheds for the winter months.

In Bayern (Bavaria), this event is marked by the tradition called Almabtrieb.

The whole village joins in the celebration of the safe return of the herd.

Locals wear their traditional costumes of dirndl and lederhosen, and the cows are decorated in elaborate headdresses called Fuikl. The farmers can spend up to 30 hours making these from spruce branches and brightly coloured twigs. 

Because there aren’t paths along Konigssee Lake, the only way to get them back to Konigssee is by boat. Special wooden transporter boats called Landauer are used to bring the cows home safely across the lake. 

So, if you are visiting Konigssee in September, it is worth finding out the date of the Almabtrieb. 

Scroll to the bottom of the Bavaria website page for dates

12. Enjoy a Konigssee Day Trip or Tour

Explore the beauty of Konigssee and its surroundings through a variety of guided tours, each offering a unique perspective of this Bavarian paradise.

1. From Munich: Eagle’s Nest, Lake Königssee, and ‘Fuehrer Headquarters’ Private Tour

Experience the luxury of a private tour with historical insights. Stops include Bavaria’s Obersalzberg and Berchtesgaden area. Guests praise its comprehensive coverage and exclusive feel.


Eagle’s Nest, Lake Königssee and ‘Fuehrer Headquarters’ Private Tour from Munich

⭐️ 5/5 Star Reviews | ⏰ 9-11 hours| Find out More or Book Here

2. From Munich: Lake Konigssee and Berchtesgaden Salt Mine with Bavarian Lunch

An all-inclusive private tour offering a cultural and natural feast. Enjoy the serene lake, a hearty Bavarian lunch, and the intriguing Berchtesgaden Salt Mine.


Private Tour to Lake Königssee and Salt Mine Berchtesgaden with Bavarian Lunch

| ⭐️ 5/5 Star Reviews | ⏰ 9-11 hours| Book Here

3. From Munich: Königssee Day Tour by Van

Dive into the heart of the Bavarian Alps with this immersive day tour:

  • Scenic drive along the German Alpine road.
  • Marvel at the Berchtesgaden and Königssee valley.
  • Enjoy a boat ride to the peninsula and visit St. Bartholoma Chapel.
  • Experience the famous Königssee echo.

Berchtesgaden & Königssee Day Tour by Van

⭐️ 4.8/5 Star Reviews | ⏰ 9 Hours| Book Here

4. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden and Konigssee

Embark on a romantic voyage through the beauty of the Bavarian Alps.

  • Enjoy a scenic journey from Mirabellplatz in Salzburg through dramatic landscapes and idyllic valleys.
  • Relax by the picturesque Königssee and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps.
  • Discover the historic Obersalzberg and get a glimpse of the infamous ‘Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest’.
  • Marvel at the beauty of Lake Königssee, surrounded by steep, rugged cliffs.
  • Savour local delicacies in Berchtesgaden after a day of exploration.
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Half-Day Tour of Berchtesgaden and Konigssee (from Salzburg)

⭐️ 4.4/5 from 112 reviews | ⏰ 4 hours | Book Your Spot

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View of the Berchtesgaden Alps from the Bartholomew Peninsula, Lake Konigssee

About Lake Königssee

  • Location: Nestled in Berchtesgaden National Park, southeast Germany, at the foot of the Berchtesgaden Alps in Bavaria. We felt a sense of awe as we first glimpsed the lake, nestled like a gem among the Alps.
  • UNESCO: It sits within the only UNESCO alpine biosphere reserve in Germany.
  • Crown Jewel: The pride of Schönau am Königssee, famed for its impressive scenery. Walking through Schönau am Königssee, we understood why it’s considered the heart of the region.
  • Pristine Waters: Known as Germany’s cleanest lake, permitting only pedal, rowing, or electric boats since 1909. The clarity of the water is striking, and the serenity is enhanced by eco-friendly transport.
  • Dimensions: Stretching 7.7 km in length and 1.7 km at its widest with an average depth of 100 metres and a maximum of 190 metres. At its deepest point, Königssee Lake is 190 metres, but on average, it’s about 100 metres deep, making it the 3rd deepest lake in Germany. The sheer size and depth became wonderfully apparent after a boat trip across the lake.
  • Natural Wonder: Konigsee Lake was formed by glaciers during the ice age. It is surrounded by Watzmann Mountain, reaching almost 9000 feet above the lake’s shimmering green ripples. The surrounding mountains and crystal-clear water reminded us of the serene beauty we experienced in Norway’s fjords.
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Lake Konigssee – Bayern, Germany ©Lifejourney4two

When is the Best Time To Visit Lake Konigssee Bavaria?

The best time to visit Lake Königssee depends on the activities that you might be interested in.

 Between May and October, the temperatures are milder and the days longer. Therefore, this is a great time to visit if you like hiking and want to explore one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe.

The peak season in Germany is from July to mid-September, so although the weather may be warmer, the crowds will also be larger. Visitor numbers will also swell on public holidays and in good weather. 

The main obstacles when visiting Konigssee Lake at these busy times will be getting a ticket for a boat ride and increased waiting times for your return Konigssee boat trip.

As mentioned earlier, in busy periods, it is recommended to take the boat trip to St. Bartholomä before 10.30 a.m. and return from St. Bartholomä by 2.30 pm at the latest.

If you are looking for fewer crowds and cheaper prices, the shoulder season of May and June or September and October would be the best time to visit.

Winter is another option with the chance of snow-filled scenes, but temperatures can get below freezing.

Lake Konigssee ©Lifejourney4two

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How to Get to Lake Konigssee

Getting to Konigssee By Car

Konigssee From Salzburg: Schonau am Königssee is close to the border of Austria and is only 30 kilometres, about a 40-minute drive, from the cultural city of Salzburg. If you are driving to Konigssee from Salzburg, you would take the B150 and B305. 

Konigssee From Munich:
Munich to Lake Königssee is approximately a 2 to 2.5-hour drive (around 160 kilometres). The most common route is via the A8 and B305, leading directly into the heart of the Bavarian Alps. This scenic drive will take you through some picturesque landscapes and charming villages, making the journey itself a part of the adventure.

Konigssee From Berchtesgaden: Lake Königssee is about a 5-minute drive south of Berchtesgaden in Bayern.

We were in our motorhome and parked in the Lake Konigssee car park as marked on the above map. It was paid parking, and we suggest buying a day ticket.

The other options were 1-3 hours. But if you are taking a boat ride, you will need the extra time so you don’t have to rush.

Getting to Konigssee By Public Transport

If you don’t have your own transport, the number 843 bus takes about 10 minutes from Berchtesgaden Train station to Konigssee.

It is a relatively short distance, so you could also catch a cab or walk, which would take about 40 minutes.

The Deutsche Bahn (DB) website provides train and bus times from other points of travel within Germany.

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Looking aft to Lake Konigssee from the electric boat ©Lifejourney4two

Where to Stay in Lake Konigssee

Finding the perfect place to stay near Lake Königssee can greatly enhance your experience of this breathtaking Bavarian jewel.

Whether you’re motorhoming across Germany, seeking the comfort of a lakeside hotel, or looking for the perfect forest retreat, there’s something for every traveller.

We’ve explored a range of accommodations, from convenient campsites to cozy hotels, each offering its own unique charm and amenities.

Here’s a guide to help you decide where to make your home away from home as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty and serenity of Königssee.

Camper and Motorhome Campsite in Königssee

We were motorhoming in Germany and stayed overnight in the Konigssee car park with other campervans. However, there was uncertainty as to whether we were actually allowed to.

There is a ‘proper’ campsite, Grafenlehen campsite, to the rear of the car park, which looked nice and if you plan to stay for a few days, that looks like a good option.

Könnigssee Hotel Accommodation

If you are looking to stay lakeside, then these two Konigssee hotels are right by the shore:

🏨 The Schiffmeister Hotel is just a few steps from the lake itself, with some rooms including views of the mountain or lake. Check out its reviews on Tripadvisor here

🏨 Hotel Konigssee is a family-run, three-star hotel right by the lake and serves hearty Bavarian specialities. Read its reviews here.

However, there are plenty of other accommodation options in the nearby Schönau am Königssee, where you have choices of mountain views, forests, heated pools and Bavarian cuisine.

A few of our favourites we found that have good reviews are:

🛏 Ferienwohnungen Manger apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom with a shower. Guests have rated it exceptional, and as a bonus, it is only an 8-minute walk to Königssee Lake. 👉 Find the Price and read reviews here.

🛏 Hotel Köppeleck is set in stunning scenery with views of the mountains and is surrounded by forest and Alpine meadows. Guests rave about the great breakfast, and it’s only a 5-minute drive to the lake. 👉 Find the price here or read reviews on Tripadvisor

🛏 Stoll’s Hotel Alpina is a traditional Alpine-style hotel with a heated indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool. The restaurant menu includes Bavarian cuisine and a half-board option with a 3-course menu that can be booked upon arrival. Lake Königssee is a 10-minute drive away. 👉 Find the price here or read reviews on TripAdvisor

The beauty of Lake Konigsee in the early morning – near St. Bartholomew Church ©Lifejourney4two

Lake Konigssee FAQs

Why is Königssee famous?

Königssee is famous for its stunning natural beauty. Lake Konigssee is surrounded by majestic mountains, dense forests, and picturesque landscapes, and as nature lovers and photographers, this made it a wonderful destination to visit.

Can you swim in Königssee?

You can swim in Konigssee, but the temperature rarely gets above 20 degrees, so be prepared for an icy dip.

How do you explore Konigsee?

The best way to explore Königssee is by boat and walking or hiking. The Jennerbahn Cable Car also takes you to hiking routes accessible further up in the mountains.

Can you walk around Konigssee?

You can’t walk around Konigssee because there is limited access to the shoreline. You can take a boat ride to a certain part of the lake, which is interesting to walk around, and can also take a cable car into the surrounding mountains from Konigssee Valley.

Things to do in Königssee … That’s a Wrap

So there you have it. A thorough list of what to do in Königssee is based on our experiences and top tips for visiting.

Königssee’s combination of natural beauty, pristine water, unique acoustic features, historic landmarks, and recreational opportunities make it a fabulous place to visit in Germany.

We hope this has given you some inspiration for your trip to Germany’s beautiful Bavarian Alps.

💡Remember to book your boat tour in advance, and take plenty of photos to remember your visit. Enjoy the scenery, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and soak up the magic of Konigssee.

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Shelley, a former primary school teacher with a law degree, and her husband Lars co-own Lifejourney4two. Their adventure began in Perth, Australia, and has since taken them through Europe and Africa in motorhomes and bush campers. Shelley's travel guides combine practical advice with engaging stories, mirroring their shift from 'One Day' to 'Day One'. Together, they aim to inspire others to embark on their own travel dreams.

4 thoughts on “12 Best Things to Do in Beautiful Lake Königssee, Bayern (2024)”

  1. I really enjoyed your travel information on Lake Konigssee. The photos are beautiful and it’s just another place we hope to travel to one day. Thank you for your informative posts.

  2. The fact that you call it “Konigssee Lake” illustrates how ignorant you can be. As the “Konigssee” translates to “Kings Lake” in English, you are calling it the Kings Lake lake. I have seen other English language sites refer to it as “the Konigssee.” You should try grasping the language just a little bit more to keep writing from sounding rather stupid.

    • Thank you for your comment Rick, but unfortunately, we are not all multi-lingual and not everyone understands the German language.
      The generalised name for travel websites referring to ‘Konigssee’ is Lake Konigssee. Indeed, even the local Berchtesgaden website calls it Lake Konigssee because they are aware that the majority of international visitors call Konigssee, Lake Konigssee.
      Therefore, in this case, rather than following German semantics to the letter, we use artistic licence to ensure our article is found by search engines, and is, therefore, more valuable to our readers. The majority of international travellers looking for information will put ‘Lake Konigssee’ into their search bar.
      I hope this has helped bring you up to speed in an area in which you may have little experience, Rick.
      Thanks for reading our article and taking the time to comment, I hope the rest of your day is as pleasant as you are.
      Warm regards


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