No matter the time of year you visit, Lake Königssee will always inspire utter awe. Summer means shimmering water in shades of emerald and sage green, while winter brings a cold, misty atmosphere with otherworldly light. Take a boat ride along the pristine fjord, past rugged cliffs and the Baroque-style St. Bathrolomew’s Church. When you guide plays his trumpet, listen for the magical echo from the mountains.
We hiked the easy trails around Lake Konigssee and found beautiful vistas at many points along the route. For a spectacular finish, take the Jennerbahn tram (ski lift) to Berchtesgaden National Park and hike up to the pinnacle for a view of the town below and a 360-degree view of the Alps.