Around eight kilometres long and over a kilometre across at its widest point, and with a depth of up to 190 metres, the lake occupies the whole valley between the Watzmann in the west and the Jenner and Gotzenberg in the east. This jewel of the Bavarian Alps is a haven of peace.
In 1978, to preserve the beauty of this region of lakes and mountains, the Bavarian government founded the Berchtesgaden National Park, which centres around the Königssee. Surrounded by high mountain walls at the end of the valley is the Obersee, connected from the Königssee by a brook.
The small pilgrimage church of St Bartholomew's Church in front of the east wall of the Watzmann, is a cultural highlight in this unspoilt countryside.
There is a special experience to enjoy each year in autumn: The "Almabtrieb" at Lake Königssee. As summer draws to a close, the cows are brought down from the meadows into the area behind the lake. In order to get them back to their barns, they have to be transported across the lake by boat. At the beginning of the summer, they travel back in the opposite direction to reach the meadows above the lake. And thus, the cows can enjoy a boat trip over Lake Königssee twice each year.
The 16-hectare Hintersee is located near Ramsau on the border of the Berchtesgaden National Park, with high mountains to the west and south. Numerous boulders are strewn over the flat shore area, part of which is wooded; on the south side are meadows.
The main attraction of this lake is its position below the steep walls of the Reiteralm and Hochkalter, which are reflected in the water's surface on clear days. It is not surprising that, from 1850 on, this beauty spot became a magnet for painters. By the Hintersee they found what they had been looking for: a natural idyll far from the town.
Today the magnificent scenery of which the lake is a part attracts thousands of holidaymakers every year. The area is particularly popular among walkers with its excellent network of hiking trails.