This was our main reason for coming here, to do a Boat cruise on the beautiful lake that I had seen so many nice photo's of.
1st, we had to find a carpark. The park was huge, and still fairly full, even late after-noon. Remember, this is park & pay, so you have to go and find the machine, buy your ticket, and put in on display in your window. This done, we then walked down to the Lake edge.
Checking the time-table, we found a Boat tour about to leave, so we quickly bought tickets to go the whole way to the end of the Lake, a return trip of 1.25hours. Boats leave half hourly unless in low season.
A nice sunny afternoon, beautiful water, we looked forward to our cruise.
COST IN 2011......Adults 16 euros
As we depart from the Harbour, our Host introduces himself and proceeds to give us a running commentary of the sights.
1st is on our right, a cliff named the Falkensteiner Wand. Sadly, 70 people were drowned here in a storm in the year 1688, now a small red cross marks the spot.
A little further on, and we have a good view of St. Bartholoma which is 5km away.
On our left is the Konigsbachfall and the Jenner Mountain where a cable car goes to the summit offering great views of the Lake.
Now the Boat is stopped and our Host plays the Trumpet [Flugelhorn]so we can hear the famous echo of Konigssee. It bounces off the cliff called Echowand, and was very clear, repeating once.
In the early days, the Boat captain's would shoot off black canons filled wth black powder. The shot would repeat 7 times.
We make our 1st stop at St. Bartholoma, and unfortunately, our lovely sunny day has quickly turned into a grey, wet one. No good photo's for me!
The Chapel and attached house are from the 17th century.
Bavarian Kings used it as their hunting Castle, but now it is a Restaurant serving traditional food. The Beer garden would be nice on a fine day.
Leaving St. Bartholoma behind, we head to our final destination which is Salet. It is here that the boat fills with hikers and campers that have done the trek to Lake Obersee. If you get off here and go for the walk, you will see Germany's highest waterfall, the Rothbachfall.
Our Boat is completely full now, so our return journey begins, a quiet one as we head straight back to Port.
nearby is the Berchtesgaden main train station, a small station, then you can take bus 839 for about 11 min. to the Königssee (there is another 839, which does not go there, so do ask the driver, if the 839 is the right one ).
the bayern ticket can be used for the RB, RE (train) and the bus. And before you buy the boat ticket, you show them the bayern ticket, you can also get reduced boat ticket (13 € for the whole trip, 10€ for a small one, which just go to the church).
If you have still time, you can take the bus 839 to the town.
Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden: 9-17, 14€
Kehlsteinhaus(the 50-birthday gift for Hitler): Bus 849, 14.5€