A fishing industry indeed!
I'd vaguely read that you could get some dried fish out there somewhere.
It turns out that there's actually a viable industry fishing this lake that's only 8 kilometres long, one kilometre wide (on average). Extraordinary! The sole licence has been in the same family's hands for decades.
The sea saibling found in Koenigsee lives on tiny animals and it's an eye opener to see some of the trophy fish on display in the restaurant (as distinct from the fish shack where you can also eat).
One weighed well over 20 kilos! (see opening pic).
Don't bother getting excited about bringing your line though, not only is it a national park but to get a fishing licence in Germany costs an arm and a leg and you have to do a special test as well. The fisherman's family shack where you can dine on the famous smoked fish is a small atmospheric affair. It must also be said that you shouldn't expect service like you'd get in a top class restaurant. No, this is very rustic. They throw the fish on a wooden slab with a handle, chuck a tomato or such on it, extract your money and send you on your way. Finesse is not a word I would use to describe their manner.
Frankly, the restaurant at the back of the church, where we ended up eating, isn't much better. The fare is basic, as you'd have to expect in this remote location, and the waiters fairly abrupt as they have a horde of tourists to get through and only limited time. It's not on my all-time favourite eating places' list.
When tipping in Germany you do not leave a tip on the table but round the bill up to the amount you wish and just tell the waiter, ie. if you bill is 18 Euro and you want to tip 2 Euro, you just say 20 Euro.
taking the jennerbahn so you can go walking
We took the Jennerbahn in May 2006 so that we could walk from the middle station down to Kessel which is the half way stop on the electric boats on the Konigsee. It took us three hours via a very nice walk down the meadows and steeply down through the trees to the lake. The paths are well signedposted (free map foldout at the bottom ticket office) and the difficulty was medium - we are in our fifties and found the walk just about right. you need strong knees but otherwise with decent shoes you should be alright. There is a good little coffee/lunch cafe about halfway as well. At Kessel, which is a tennis court sized meadow on the lake side under neath a steep cliff, you have to move an indicator on the landing stage so it shows a dayglo marker to the boats either coming up the lake or down so that they can change their route and pick you up. A truly wonderful walk with a cold beer at the end !! Views of the Watzmann and the lake are stupendous and worth every drop of perspiration.
Tunnel leading to the lift for the Eagles Nest
This is the tunnel which leads to the lift for the ascent to the Eagles Nest. As you walk along the tunnel there is echo of your footsteps and it easy to imagine the sound of jackboots marching along.
Take the cable car up into the mountains and escape the tourists. We fled the ticketing area of the Konigsee and paid the quite hefty price to glide up into the mountains.
It was pretty empty when we arrived, and we were able to wander round the peak area taking in the views. Try to pick a clear day for this trip - it was a bit misty when we went up which did reduce what we could see.
Make the effort to climb the last stage up to the crucifix. Its steep but you can always stop for a cool drink on the way back down.