While we were on our trip we also visited another lake, the beautiful “Königssee” (kings lake) which faces the East-Face (Ostwand) of the “Watzmann” mountain. It is the third highest mountain in Germany and 101 people have died already trying to climb that East-Face of the mountain.
When we arrived there we were kind of shocked to see the hoards of tourists but once you are on one of the electric-powered passenger ships to the pilgrimage church St. Bartholomä (first chapel was built in 1134), you feel the serene surroundings of the lake. It is stunning! The lake is within a National Park and you aren’t allowed to use motor boats, fish or do anything else on it that most people consider fun but as a result it has the cleanest water and you can even drink it if you want. Swimming is permitted but the mountain lake is freezing…I saw a couple people who rented a row boat to go swimming but you couldn’t have paid me to jump in. Brrrr, I get cold just thinking about it.
On the way to the church you pass a spot along a high rock wall where 70 pilgrims drowned in 1688 during a storm. Which scared my kiddos to death.
And they also show you the stunning echo of the mountains by playing a song on the trumpet.
|Unfortunately the mountain was hiding under the clouds that day.|
I can’t imagine living the life of the two families that still live at the secluded spot of the church. It’s the family of the fisher (only person who is allowed to fish in the lake) and the restaurant keeper. My kids were shocked to think of a family having to live so far away from a town and only being able to reach anything by boat again. Winters certainly are tough out there as well.
The handful of old Bavarian homes are beautiful:
|Isn’t this door amazing? Yes, I know me and the doors…my husband is starting to get annoyed with all the door photos, but hey, I love doors…that’s all I can say.|
Do you want to see how we usually take family photos? It’s mostly a battle to keep the kids from fighting and here are a couple of pictures to document this. Makes me laugh:
|And the last picture is my dear daughter trying to kick her brother out of the picture! That is typical behavior for the little “Hexlein” (little witch), because that’s what we call her, haha.|
Here are some more impressions of our visit and they bring this post to an end.
It was another gorgeous day spent with my dad, who took most of the photos of us. My kids have some great memories with their “Opa” and I’m very grateful for that.
Talk to you on Friday my friends.