Königssee is one of the most spectacular lakes in Bavaria.  I’ve been there already 3 times in the past 4 years exploring different parts of the area of the lake each time. This time I’ll share you the latest route that I took including St. Bartholomä and the Eiskapelle. The more I go there, the more I love it. If you want to take a day trip from Munich to Königssee along with an easy hike this summer or autumn, here is how you can do it. 🙂 

Table of Contents

  1. What is Königssee
  2. How to get to the Eiskapelle from Munich
    2.1. From Munich to Königssee by train and bus
    2.2 Boat ride to St. Bartholomä
    2.3 Easy hike from St. Bartholomä to the Eiskapelle
  3. Travel back from St. Bartholomä to Munich
  4. From Munich to Königssee by car
  5. Gear for Königssee

1. What is Königssee

Königssee is King’s Lake in English. It’s the third deepest lake in Germany stretching out 7 km long in the Berchtesgaden National Park in the Alps.

2. How to get to the Eiskapelle from Munich

Here is the best plan in case you don’t have time to plan your trip to Königssee.

2.1 From Munich to Königssee by train and bus

First starting at Hauptbahnhof Munich, the central station of Munich, you need to take a train followed by a bus. For all that the cheapest ticket is is the Bayern-Ticket.  If you want to plan thing well in advance, click on the link below to make your booking. The Bayern-Ticket ticket will cover all the trains and buses you need for the entire day.  

At around 8:00 you start your journey from Munich Central Station to Schönau a. Königssee. When you search for the train station online, you will need to select Königssee Seelände, Schönau a. Königssee.

I personally don’t suggest you leave later if you want to get the best out of your day.
So if you take the train in Munich, you will need to change train for another train either in Salzburg or in Freilassing for Berchtesgaden. Then, in Berchtesgaden you need to change for a bus 841 for Schönau a. Königssee. This ride takes only 10 minutes. Before this bus there is also bus 842. This one also goes to Schönau a. Königssee, but its journey time is 20 minutes. So just wait for bus 841.
At around 11:30 you should arrive at Königssee, Schönau a. Königssee bus stop. 
From the bus station, just walk through the town and you will get to the lake.

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2.2. Boat ride to St. Bartholomä

Buy a boat ticket to St. Bartholomä. The return ticket costs 15,00 € for adults and 7,50 € for children between 6 to 7 years. If you are a group of at least 20 persons, the ticket per person is 13,50 €. If you are with a big group, someone needs to collect the money and pay it for everyone.

There is a boat departing for St. Bartholomä every 30 minutes during the day. The epic journey takes 35 minutes.

Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

2.3 Easy hike from St. Bartholomä to the Eiskapelle

If you are also interested in an easy hike, take the hiking trail for the spectacular glacier cave, the Eiskapelle, located at the foot of Watzmann Mountain.  Eiskapelle means white chapel. If you wish to take this trip before or after winter, make sure you call the Tourist Information of Schönau a. Königssee to ask whether the trail is accessible. I wanted to go there first in April; however, the area was still not safe for the hike as the avalanche risk was quite high.

Here is the number of the Tourist Information of Schönau a. Königssee: +49-8652-1760

When you are there, it’s really easy to find the way as signs show the direction of the trail to Eiskapelle. So just follow the signs.

The trail from Königssee to the Eiskapelle

Level: easy

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes officially

Length: 6 km

Ascent: 256 m

Descent: 256 m

Max height: 834 m

Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

On my pictures, which were taken at the beginning of May, you can still see a lot of snow. At this time the ice chapel itself was not visible. Once you reach the Eiskapelle, it’s up to you how far you go up the mountain. From the streams at the Eiskepalle, the way up the mountains requires a certain amount of fitness. But for the view, it’s definitely worth climbing up. There was still some snow after the streams when I was there at the end of spring. I personally don’t suggest you step on those big plates of snow, because we cannot know what’s under the snow.

Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Koenigssee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

If you decide to walk up to the top, which I highly recommend, make sure that you calculate enough time to catch the last boat. Some of us had to run back to catch it. 🙂

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3. Travel back from St. Bartholomä to Munich

At 17:30 you can take the last boat from St. Bartholomä for Schönau.
Then, again take the bus to Berchtesgaden, then change for the train to Freilassing or Salzburg, then again change the train for Munich. 🙂
This way you will get back to Munich at around 22:15.

4. From Munich to Königssee by car

If you don’t feel like changing trains and buses, you can simply go for renting a car in case you don’t have your own car in Munich. Check out Auto Europe to get access to the best car hire deals from Munich.

5. Get the right gear for your trip!

To enjoy your trip to the fullest, get prepared with the best equipment from my favorite sporting goods retailer! 🙂

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