Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Konigsee


Lake Konigsee lies below the Watzmann, nestled in the mountains of Berchtesgaden National Park. The emerald-green hue of the shimmering water captures the heart of everyone who sees it.


The Palace and pilgrimage church were founded by the Prince-Provosts of Berchtesgaden in 1134. The triple-concha design of the church dates back to 1697; the stucco-work is by the Salzburg master Joseph Schmidt. In the 18th century the summer and hunting palace was rebuilt, with older building sections incorporated. After Berchtesgaden became part of Bavaria in 1810, the palace became a hunting lodge for the Bavarian kings and was one of their favourite haunts. Since the Romantic period, the world-famous pilgrimage church, set against the Watzmann range, has been a source of inspiration for numerous landscape painters.

Lake Konigsee's landmark, the chapel of St. Bartholomew, can only be reached by boat. This world-famous church, originally dating back to the 12th cent., lies at the tip of a picturesque peninsula. Neighboring the chapel stands the former hunting lodge of Berchtesgaden's provosts and Bavaria's kings, today an idyllic location for an inn.


Note :Königsee is a beautiful 8km long lake nestled among some spectacular mountains. Apparently it's one of the cleanest lakes in Germany. For about 13 Euro you can take a boat trip along the lake. The guides explain all the various features along the way.

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