My fiancé and I spent the morning at the Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden surrounded by a cloud. Of what is supposed to be the most beautiful panoramic view of the Alps, we could't see a thing. Still hoping for the day to clear, we descended the mountain (I conquered the bus ride down even without a Valium) and headed for Lake Konigsee. As soon as we reached the shoreline, our mildly disappointing morning was all but forgotten.
The only boats allowed on the lake are electric tour boats run by the government. This keeps the lake both pristine and serene. The boats cruise over the cold waters, as the Alps rise immediately out of the shoreline. Our tour guide told us that a person can swim on the surface of the lake during warm summer months, but the temperatures even a foot or two down are so cold that it’s said that if a man jumps in, he enters a king, but exits a queen.
The boats’ first stop is the chapel of St. Bartholomew, built in the 12th century. The chapel’s priest is the only person allowed to fish in the lake and he sells the salmon that he catches on that island. For a few extra euros, you can continue the boat ride the other side of Lake Konigsee and hike to Lake Obersee. It is so worth it. We walked down the dock at the other side of the lake, crossed a stream, and when we stumbled onto Lake Obersee, it took our breath away. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. These are totally untouched and don’t even begin to capture the beauty of the scene.