Hi friends, welcome back to my Germany and Austria series 🙂 After a rainy day in Berchtesgaden the previous day, Jon and I woke up to an overcast, but dry day. We got ready quickly and then headed back to Königssee. We purchased our boat tickets for the full trip to Salet onsite, and boarded about ten minutes later. You can also buy tickets ahead of time online, but the weather looked a bit dicey during our trip so I held off. It seems like there are enough boats going out each hour that you’d be ok buying your tickets same day except late afternoon.
The boat is electric and goes about 12 km/h, so it’s a slow and peaceful journey. There are two stops, St. Bartholomew and Salet. St. Bartholomew is the first stop and you can buy a ticket to only go here and back. This stop features the famous St. Bartholowmew Church and also has a few restaurants. We wanted to go hiking at the further stop called Salet and see Obersee. I’d HIGHLY recommend buying the ticket to Salet unless you’re short on time.
About halfway to the first stop the boat stops so the guide can play the bugle (trumpet like instrument). The sound echoes off the rock cliffs and it’s pretty cool to experience! Make sure you have some coins because the guide passes around his hat for tips… The guide also gives a speech about Königssee in German, luckily we picked up a little of what he was saying from an English tour guide on board.
Jon and I got off at Salet and started our trek to Obersee. There were cows grazing on the hill and we could hear their bells, it was so quaint and perfect.
We made it to Obersee and I got the iconic picture of this shed. I’d seen this so many times on our tv background, so getting to see it in real life was amazing. We are so fortunate to be able to travel and see this big world, and this was one of those moments that makes you pause to really appreciate it. I’d recommend going early before people start laying on the dock and ruining every picture.
Can’t think of a more serene and idyllic spot!
You can also hike to the tallest waterfall in Germany, but we could see it well enough from where we were so we passed on the extra steps.
Jon and I made our way to the other side of the lake and I’d definitely recommend hiking boots. It was pretty slippery from the rain and had a lot of slick stairs. To get to Obersee you don’t need hiking boots, but once you continue on the path the terrain is a little precarious.
We made it to the opposite side of the lake and there was a farm house with beer, fresh milk, and bites for lunch. The views from this side of Obersee were just as stunning!
It was just so serene here, it truly felt like walking inside a picture or painting.
Jon and I got back on the boat and stopped at St. Bartholomew to get some pictures of this unique looking church. This church dates back to the 1100s, but was rebuilt in 1697 to what it looks like present day. There is an inn next door that used to be a hunting lodge for the royals. They sure do get the best spots!
Jon and I had a snack break overlooking the lake and soaked in all the peacefulness and fresh air. Eventually we made our way back to the boat for the return journey. I believe the boat ride was about 28 euros each and definitely worth the cost of admission. If you’re in the area you must take this boat tour and visit Obersee, it’s absolutely stunning and the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon.
We were very hungry by the time we got back from our excursion, so we grabbed this massive asiago pretzel. It was light, airy, and delicious! They also sold a pretzel this size coated in cinnamon sugar. I was very intrigued, but that seems like it could be a major sugar rush.
I hope you enjoyed coming along on this beautiful boat ride to Obersee and St. Bartholomew. Stay tuned for some more sightseeing in Berchtesgaden!
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