A trip to Königssee and Obersee from Berchtesgaden

A trip to Königssee and Obersee from Berchtesgaden
A trip to Königssee and Obersee from Berchtesgaden

Are you planning a trip to Munich or some other town in the southern parts of Germany or western parts of Austria? And you would like to spend a couple of days away from the city to see the Alps and some natural beauty?

For this purpose, I cannot recommend Berchtesgaden with a trip to Königssee and Obersee highly enough. Or for any other purpose really.

It has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.

Berchtesgaden is known for three sights in particular: The Eagle’s Nest, Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and the Königssee. During our trip we visited them all but what really blew me away was the trip to Königssee. And not even Königssee itself, but a walk from Königssee to a smaller lake called Obersee. And that’s what this article is about.

Stay in Berchtesgaden or visit from Munich or Salzburg

In order to really enjoy the area I recommend staying a couple of nights in the town of Berchtesgaden. It’s a wonderful base for exploring the area. And there’s another advantage: the hotels and guesthouses (at least some if not all of them) give you free public transport passes for the area!

We stayed in hotel Bavaria, which I recommend wholeheartedly. Below is the view from our hotel room balcony – imagine waking up to that in the morning 🙂 It is possible to visit Berchtesgaden as a day trip as well from for example Munich or Salzburg. You can see the train and bus station in the picture below, the train station is that big white building in the middle and buses arrive at and depart from the front of the station.

Berchtesgaden: View from our balcony towards Mount Watzmann
Berchtesgaden: View from our balcony towards Mount Watzmann

A trip to Königssee and Obersee

Now, if you’re staying in Berchtesgaden you would obviously use the free transport pass and take a bus to the Königssee (Take a look at DB Bahn for timetables). In the summertime there’s a bus number 841 which will leave from the bus station and take you (in about 10 minutes) to Schönau am Königssee. That’s where you board a Königssee boat.

Unfortunately the free public transport pass won’t cover your boat trip, but it is so worth the money. The boats usually only take you as far as St. Bartholomew’s Church in the wintertime – and it seems that a lot of the tourists choose this destination in the summertime as well. But for the truly magnificent surroundings, I recommend that you go all the way to the other end of the lake, Salet. The return ticket will cost around 17 euros and the one way trip will take about an hour.

Once you get to Salet, keep walking. It is a bit of a walk (30 – 45 minutes) but you don’t have to be particularly fit to do it. There’s another lake, Obersee and Röthbach fall to look forward to. And above all, so much beauty around you. There’s a great little cottage/bar/pub, Fischunkelalm, that sells drinks on the other side of Obersee.

St. Bartholomew's Church, Berchtesgaden
St. Bartholomew’s Church, Berchtesgaden
The tranquil beauty of Königssee
The tranquil beauty of Königssee
Salet, Königssee ahead
Salet, Königssee ahead
Obersee
Obersee
Obersee
Obersee
Obersee
Obersee
Obersee
Obersee
Walk towards the Röthbach Waterfall
Walk towards the Röthbach Waterfall – the fall isn’t really that spectacular but the surroundings are beautiful
Obersee as you walk back towards the lake from the waterfall
Obersee as you walk back towards the lake from the waterfall
Obersee
Obersee
We were so lucky with the weather - it started raining when we got back
We were so lucky with the weather – it started to rain on our way back

So if you’re staying in Berchtesgaden this trip will only cost you the price of the boat ticket. If you want you can pack a lunch (there’s a Lidl close to the bus station in Berchtesgaden) and buy a beer at the Fischunkelalm so you can look forward to spending around 25 euros for this whole day trip to Königssee and Obersee.

Have fun and enjoy! 🙂

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