Königssee and Obersee Hike
To fully experience Königssee, and to reach Obersee, you need to get on one of the many Bayerische Seenschifffahrt boats. The boat ride was around $20, and we lucked out by getting on a boat leaving within minutes after buying our tickets.
The entire boat ride to Salet / Obersee takes almost an hour, but the landscape around us was so stunning that it felt much shorter. When we were halfway across the lake our boat came to a stop, and one of the uniformed crew members opened up the windows before asking us all to be quiet. He proceeded to pull out a trumpet and play a short melody, which was echoed back from the surrounding mountains perfectly. I honestly thought we were listening to one of the other boats on the lake respond – that’s how good the echo was!
The first stop on the boat ride is St. Bartholomew’s, a Roman Catholic pilgrimage church from 1697. Since I was anxious to get on to Obersee before the forecasted rain came in, we decided to skip it, but it looked like a beautiful stop.
Fifteen minutes after passing St. Bartholomew’s Church, we finally arrived at Salet. While the signs told us to expect a 30 minute walk to Obersee, we arrived in 7 minutes, so again I guess they don’t have active people in mind when estimating walking times in Germany 😉
Pictures cannot do this place justice. The old boathouse, the crystal clear alpine water, the steep mountains covered in fog, with a hint of snow on the tops – I could have spent hours there exploring and taking photos. And while I’m not usually one for revisiting tourist locations, I would love to come back to Obersee in the summer to go on a proper hike of the area, as there are tons of trails leading off from where we went.
Because I don’t know how to pose like a normal person, I decided that a yoga pose on a slippery rock was a good idea. Don’t worry, I didn’t even get my feet wet 🙂
After taking in the beauty of Obersee, we got back on the boat for a quiet ride across Königssee. From purchasing our tickets to arriving back at our car, we spent around two and a half hours at the lakes, and it was worth every minute!