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Lake Königssee: How to get there from Munich, tips, and boat trips

Schiff auf dem Königssee

Königssee: Tips for your trip from Munich

Lake Königssee near Munich offers one of the most magnificent panoramic views of Bavaria. The mountain lake is a popular destination.

Lake Königssee near Munich at a glance

  • Location: Königssee is located in southeastern Bavaria, nestled in the Berchtesgaden Alps near the Austrian border.
  • Distance from Munich: Just under 160 kilometers, which corresponds to a driving time of about 2-3 hours.
  • Attractions: Highlights at the lake include the romantic chapel of St. Bartholomä, the imposing Watzmannwand and the Berchtesgaden National Park.
  • Activities: Even though swimming is allowed, Königssee is not a classic swimming lake (partly because of its cold water temperature). We recommend that you rather explore the highlights around the lake with the boats of the Königsee Schifffahrt.


Special highlights: Schönau, Watzmann, St. Bartholomä

Blick vom Malerwinkel über den Königssee, Foto: Berchtesgadener Land Tourismus
Foto: Berchtesgadener Land Tourismus
  • Particularly spectacular is the view from the small chapel of St. Bartholomä to the mighty, 1800 meter high Watzmannwand. Since the chapel is located on the Hirschau peninsula, it can only be reached by long walks or, better, by boat crossings.
  • Also worth seeing on this peninsula is the hunting lodge of the Wittelsbach dynasty, which is now a Bavarian restaurant.

Boat trips on the lake Königssee

Lake Königssee

The best way to discover the mountain scenery around the mountain lake is by boat. In addition to the impressive mountain panorama, you can also experience one of the electric boats on board, and how the boat driver uses a trumpet to lure the famous echo from Königssee out of a rock face.

The highlights of the peninsula can also be explored most comfortably by boat. In the high season, the boats leave every 10 minutes and carry up to 5000 people per day.


Swimming in the lake Königsee

Due to its size, the lake Königssee only reaches a rather fresh water temperature of maximum 20 ° C even in summer. Therefore, there is not much infrastructure for bathers.

If you still want to venture into the water, you will find a few entry points below the bobsled run in Schönau or at the "Malerwinkel" on the northeast side of the lake. Make sure you always keep a sufficient distance from the shipping line; thus air mattresses, inflatable boats and the like are prohibited.

Hiking in the Berchtesgaden National Park

Lake Königssee is often called the "pearl of the Berchtesgadener Land". Since 1978, it has been the gateway to the Berchtesgaden Alpine National Park, a nature recreation area with numerous hiking trails and opportunities for young and old.

Tips for families

  • Rent a rowing boat and discover the Königsee on your own and at your own pace. You will find the rowing boat rental in the second boathouse on the lake shore.
  • Germany's largest waterfall, the Röthbach waterfall, awaits you at the southern end of Lake Königsee.
  • Another highlight for kids in the region: Numerous farms offer farm vacation programs with animals.

Königsee from Munich: Arrival by car and train

By train:

  • From Munich main station by train via Freilassing to Berchtesgaden - by bus (RVO) to Lake Königssee
  • Journey time: approx. 3 hours

By car:

  • A8 direction Salzburg - junction Knoten Salzburg to A10 direction Graz - exit Salzburg Süd to B160 direction Berchtesgaden - via Grödig to Berchtesgaden
  • Travel time: approx. 2 hours


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