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.
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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.