View of the Watzmann during a winter hike in Schönau am Königssee.
Winter hikes in Schoenau am Koenigssee
The municipality of Schönau am Königssee is located in the Berchtesgadener Land. The region is characterised by a mountainous to hilly landscape. Due to its proximity to Lake Königssee, there are numerous attractive winter hiking trails in the midst of a picturesque mountain experience hiking is possible in the area in winter as well as in summer. Boats sail on the lake all year round, and traffic only stops when the water freezes over. We provide you with an overview of the most attractive winter hikes in and around Schönau am Königssee.
The 10 most beautiful winter hikes in Schoenau am Koenigssee
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Exploring the shores of Lake Königsee
Many hiking tours take you along the Königssee in winter and offer you picturesque views. A good choice in this context is the „winter hike along the picturesque Königssee“. This is one of the easy hikes with a length of only 4 kilometres. On this tour you will be on the move for around 1.5 hours and climb over 200 metres of altitude to the highest point at 731 metres above sea level.
If you are looking for something more challenging, we recommend the Königsseer Fußweg“ winter hike. It is classified as moderately difficult, as it is 10 kilometres long. Allow 3 hours for the route. You do not need any special equipment for the hike, as the trail is maintained all year round. While hiking, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Berchtesgadener Land all the way to Ramsau.
Hiking into the mountains
Around Schönau at Königssee you can explore numerous hiking trails that take you into the mountains and offer a unique mountain experience. On the „Winter hike at almost half the altitude" you hike a distance of just under 15 kilometres üover Vorderbrand and Obersalzberg. The tour ends at the Berchtesgaden train station, so it is easily accessible by bus and train. Take 4.5 hours for the excursion. Although the route is considered easy, you should have a good basic level of fitness.
A somewhat shorter route is the „Winter hike to the Brandkopf". It is only 2.6 kilometres long and takes only 1.5 hours. From the Brandkopf you can catch a picturesque view of the Königssee and on a clear day you can see as far as Bad Reichenhall.
Get to know the culture of Schönau am Königssee
Not only the hiking trails are varied in Schönau am Königssee. You can also relax in the municipality away from the hiking trails. There are many historic buildings in the village, such as the reception building of the former Königssee railway station from 1908/1909, which is now used as a guesthouse.
The Hubertus Chapel dating from 1761, the parish church of the Seven Sorrows and the world-famous pilgrimage chapel of St. Bartholomew at the foot of the Königssee are also worth a visit. The most interesting buildings at Lake Königssee at a glance:
- Pilgrimage chapel of St. Bartholom
- Parish Church of the Seven Sorrows
- Hubertus Chapel
- Reception building of the former railway station Königssee .
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