A visit to Königsee and Obersee lake
How to visit Königsee and Obersee lake
The federal state of Bavaria in Germany is home to some of the most beautiful and scenic lakes all over Germany. If you are doing a roadtrip along the Alpine lakes in Germany, you cannot miss either Eibsee or Walchensee.
Lake Königsee is another postcard picture from Germany located at Berchtesgaden National Park. As opposed to some of its surrounding lakes, here you can do a relatively long boat ride to admire its stunning landscape. You will find Lake Obersee just 10 min after arriving at the final pier of Salet.
Keep reading, as I will tell you everything you need to know before planning a visit to Königsee and Obersee lake: how to get there, what you can do, where to park your car, as well as the services available.
HOW TO GET TO KÖNIGSEE AND OBERSEE LAKE IN BAVARIA, GERMANY?
Königsee and Obersee lakes are located at Berchtesgaden National Park , around 2 hours by car from Munich.
For a visit to Konigsee and Obersee lakes, the closest airport is Munich International Airport or Innsbruck Airport in Austria. In order to explore this area, the most flexible way is travelling by car.
I fully recommend booking your car at SIXT right after landing at Munich Airport. I always choose a car insurance against all risks.
During Winter time, just be aware snow kettles are compulsory on the road.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT KONIGSEE AND OBERSEE LAKE ?
Königsee and Obersee lakes can be visited all year round.
During Autumn the landscape is the most beautiful with its hot tones.
When you visit Königsee and Obersee lakes, you cannot do a proper walk around the lakes. Instead, you buy a boat ticket and take a long boat ride (until 1 hour) to the final station of Sankt Bartholomä or Salet. Once in Salet, there are many hiking trails. Obersee just lies a 10-minute hike away from the pier.
All in all, just pick the best season according to your travel plans. Since it is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Germany, I recommend avoiding if possible, weekends, school holidays and national holidays.
WHERE TO PARK THE CAR AT KÖNIGSEE LAKE?
You can park your car straight at Königsee lake (just follow the parking signs), which is the most convenient.
A full day ticket will cost you €8. You can pay by card at the machines.
If you are staying at the region for a couple of days, you can get a discount fee using the Region Card.
BOAT TICKETS AT LAKE KÖNIGSEE
Once you arrive at Lake Königsee, you will have to buy a boat ticket at the office counter.
You can buy online and check the timetables of the boat ride .
There are 2 piers to choose from: Sankt Bartholomä or Salet.
Price: €22 both ways
35 minute ride
This is where the iconic Sankt Bartholomä church is located.
Price: €25 both ways
50 minute ride
I recommend getting off at Salet. It is the longest distance and the place to get off to see Obersee lake and hike to the waterfall, if you want to.
In my personal opinion, the views at Salet are incredibly scenic. Therefore, I would spend much more time here.
The advantage of buying the Salet boat ticket is that on the way back you can still stop by and explore Sankt Bartholomä . Only make sure to catch the last boat departing from Salet pier at 5:40 pm.
HOW TO ARRIVE TO OBERSEE LAKE?
Once you get off at Salet pier, just follow the hiking signs towards Obersee Lake. It will take you around 10 minutes.
If you have more time, you can also hike until the waterfalls, which will take 90 minutes.
WHICH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT KÖNIGSEE LAKE?
Königsee Lake is quite a touristy place. Therefore, you will have plenty of services at your disposal:
- Restaurants: I recommend trying freshly-made Kaiserschmarrn, an Austrian dessert
- Clothing stores
- Several Hotels and Guest houses: they are fully booked, so look for accommodation as early as you can.
- Souvenir shop
I hope this guide will help you on your visit ! Just let me know in the comments!
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Very helpful tips, Sylvia! Good to know that the Salet boat ticket also includes St. Bartolomä
Thank you so much, Angelika!
Yes, even if you first go to Salet like I did, on the way back you can stop at St. Bartholoma.
I only stayed in Salet, because it started to rain afterwards.
There are hiking trails between both places as well, but they are quite long. Therefore, the boat is the most convenient option.