Visiting the lakes in Germany has become one of my favorite pastimes. The scenery here is so beautiful and these idyllic areas are very easy to get to in the south of Germany.
The first lake I went to was Chiemsee near Rosenheim. I went with the Nuremberg Ladies Rugby team (of which I am a member) as one of the girls’ father had a house in the area that we stayed in. On our first day there we went for a hike up a mountain which was tough but the views were quite spectacular at the top where we rewarded our hard work with a refreshing snow ball fight!
Above is a view from the mountain down onto the lake. Chiemsee is know for it’s two islands: Herreninsel (monks) and Frauenchiemsee (nuns). From the shore you buy a boat ticket which first takes you to the Nuns’ island which has a really beautiful Benedictine nunnery and is a really well-kept village to walk around.
From Frauenchiemsee you get back on the boat to the Monks’ island. Here is a replica of the Palace of Versailles that King Ludwig II built.
Fun fact: The Mirror Room is 1 meter longer than the one in Versailles, just because he had to win. You can go on a tour of some of the rooms, I didn’t but my friends recommended it.
We had quite unfortunate weather here but it was still a great area for recreation and I would highly recommend it.
Since going to Chiemsee, Konigssee has been on my radar for a few months now and I was really pleased I and a colleague Stef spontaneously decided to go last weekend.
We drove early on saturday morning, pitched our tent at a campsite a 5min walk away and headed for the lake. Here we bought a ticket (16 euros) for the electric boat that takes you across the lake. It was a really nice tour which took about 50minutes with a stop in the middle where the tour guide plays a bugle and you hear a double echo off the cliffs.
Further on is a stop at St. Bartholoma church where you can get off and look around. We were pressed for time so we stayed on the boat to the final stop Salet. Getting off here we power walked to Obersee which is a swimming lake just past Konigssee. Coldest water I’ve been in but amazing scenery and beautiful water. Apparently past Obersee is the tallest waterfall in Germany which would have been nice to see but we got our timings wrong and had to catch the last boat back.
Beware of the cows that are on the island, they have a nasty way of sneaking up on you.
We headed back to the campsite to relax as we knew we wanted to get an early start to hike up Mount Jenner!
I was skeptical about this hike because we were told it would take 4 hours and I’m not really into hiking. But Stef persuaded me and I can honestly say it was one of the most challenging physical excursions I’ve done! It took us 3 hours but at a price, my legs are in so much pain I’m walking like John Wayne (people have said I can’t rap but Kanye couldn’t have put those words together…)
Pain is gain and the view from the top was most certainly worth it, although I’m not too happy about how sweat-soaked my t-shirt is in the photos.
The hike down took 2 hours so we were pretty tired and my knees were shattered by the end so we hid in the shade with watermelon for a hard-earned rest.
Another reason I wanted to go to this area was that this is where Hitler’s Eagles Nest is. His holiday home still stands although it’s now a restaurant but I was keen to see it as I’m a bit of a WWII nerd. Unfortunately we missed the last bus which drives you up there so I was quite disappointed to miss it this time but I’ll have the opportunity to go back when I visit Salzburg.
So Konigssee is high on my list of favorite mountain spots and just made me love this area of the German Alps even more. We took the scenic route home because traffic was awful but it was a lovely drive.
Ciao for now,