Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

Imagine rowing this lake

Imagine rowing this lake

A picture of beauty to amplify the words to follow…

A day trip to Berchtesgaden National Park is a must if you are visiting Munich.  You would regret it if you didn’t take the time to see this magnificent park.  Especially if you are an outdoor enthusiast.

The original plan was to hike one of the trails.  Unfortunately, we bought a German map by accident.  I had a hard time understanding the signage on the trail and the map.  Instead we were going to hop on the ferry and ride across.  On the way over to the ferries we noticed a place to rent row boats.  We decided to rent a row boat for the day and go across the lake, Königssee.  We didn’t want to be like everyone else and take the ferry boat.  The best part was I didn’t have to row!

Rowing the boat

Rowing the boat

Sitting in the boat

Sitting in the boat

About half way through the lake there is a small village – St. Bartholomӓ.  Although we didn’t have time to stop, I did hear that there was a restaurant there that served fresh fish right from the lake.  Make sure to have a bathing suit, there is a small beach in this village.

A small quaint village

A small quaint village

Row, row, row the boat across the lake.

There was another small lake to hike to after the row across the main lake.  At the other side, there was a small restaurant and cows grazing on the side of the mountain.

Cattle grazing the field

Cattle grazing the field

Tied up the boat, and went on the trail over to the small lake, Obersee.  Along time ago, the Königssee and Obersee were one lake.  There was an avalanche, the land fell and two lakes were created.  This lake was very serene, not all the tourists/visitors come this far.  The water was perfect, and clear.  The reflection of the surrounding landscape in the water was amazing.  The air was fresh and crisp.  Two words: renewed and rejuvenated.

What a perfect reflection

What a perfect reflection

Time to leave.  A whole eight hours to cross the lake, hike over to Obersee and come back to return the boat.  On time and in style!

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