This was on Lake Königssee, a pristine lake in the Alps in the most southeastern part of Bavaria in the Berchtesgaden park area of Germany. The nearest large city is Salzberg, Austria, only a 20-minute ride north from here.
It is the highest-altitude lake in Germany. It is pristine, only electric boats can ferry tourists. Other than that, the only other boats allowed are rowboats. The tourist boats drop people off for mountain hiking trails (we hiked a little bit). There's a stop with a small church, St Bartholomew's (and a requisite beer garden), and the last stop, which drops you off on the trail to another lake, Lake Obersee. The moss garden is between the lakes, about a ten-minute walk.
Once you get to Lake Obersee, the walk to the other side and back was about 45 minutes each way. And VERY worthwhile. This lake is even MORE pristine than Königssee because there's NO boats on it. If you ever get to Bavaria/Salzberg, Lake Königssee is must!
|The boat ride across Lake Königssee to Lake Obersee. In the winter you can walk there. But why would you?|
|The sleeping witch mountain. The guide pointed out the obvious -- that she's a young witch.|
|Looking across Lake Obersee to the Alpine meadow on the other side. Hard to tell where mountains end & reflections begin.|
|Looking over Obersee from the meadow. No beer garden here. But you can get milk. And meet the cow it came from.|
|One of the prettiest places we've ever hiked.|
|You expect an Ewok to appear from behind a tree.|