Bavaria’s Beautiful Lake Königssee


St. Bartholomew's Church sits on the edge of the Königssee in Berchtesgaden National Park.

Years ago when I first found out about the Königssee, one of the many lakes in Bavaria, and the Saint Bartholomew Church, a pilgrimage church perched on the edge of the lake beneath the German Alps, I was awestruck.

A friend summed it up more succinctly: it looked fake. And he is not wrong. The photos of the lake, the church, the German Alps hovering overhead: it all looked too perfect, too picturesque, too ideal. Of course, I had to see it for myself. Live, up close, and in person. So my husband and I traveled from Munich to the Königssee to visit the lake and Berchtesgaden National Park, which surrounds the lake. While it isn’t fake, it sure feels surreal. It’s spectacularly beautiful whether you’re looking to hike, enjoy the outdoors or simply explore.

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Post by . Originally published September 2, 2015. Last updated March 22, 2020.