Did you also wonder how to get to the natural pool at Lake Königssee which is shown in the picture above? And did you also wonder if it really exists? Yes, it really exists! And yes it is kind of a secret place! Is that possible nowadays at a busy and touristy place like Kingslake (Königssee in German) close to Berchtesgaden in beautiful Bavaria?
Yes, apparently it is.
Research on how to get to the natural pool at Lake Königssee
I first saw this picture on Instagram from two bloggers and was so fascinated by the beauty of this place. That is why I started to google where it is. But surprisingly I couldn’t really find out where exactly it is. The only information I found is that it is at Kings Lake in Germany. And I was even more surprised that I don’t know about it. Me, the discoverer of Bavaria, knowing all the beautiful places in the south of Germany?! This evoked my curiosity and wanderlust even more and I started to research more on how to get to the natural pool at kings lake. But still, I couldn’t really find out where it is exactly and which hiking trail leads there.
After some research, I found out that this natural pool is part of the Königsbach Waterfall at Lake Königssee. But how to get there? There seemed not to be any hiking trail leading to this spot. But still, people seemed to find their way there. After researching using various keywords I finally found out that there is an old, abandoned hiking trail leading there. This trail was supposed to be non-official, not secured and sings warns of mortal danger. Now my inner wanderlust made me, even more, wanting to go there.
Still not sure how to get there, my boyfriend and I drove to Lake Königssee and we actually found this beautiful place. So here is how you get to the natural pool at Lake Königssee.
How to get to the natural pool at lake Königssee: Königsbach waterfall
Drive to Schönau am Köngissee and park your car at the parking (Seestraße 3, 83471 Schönau am Königssee).
1st part of your way to the natural pool: Hiking trail to Malerwinkel
Your hike to the secret natural pool starts with the very easy hike to Malerwinkel, which is an easy to reach viewpoint just around 20 minutes from the parking away. Leave the parking in the direction to the lake and cross the very very touristy main street of Schönau. The fact that the starting point of the way to the natural pool was so busy and touristy made me doubt even more if this is really a secret place. I was wondering if it would be as busy as it was here.
When arriving at the lake, keep left and walk behind the boathouses of the lake. Then the hike to Malerwinkel starts, just follow the yellow signs. After a few hundred meters of a steep gravel road the hardest part of the hike is already done and after some more minutes you already arrive at Malerwinkel, which is a not very high but so much the better viewpoint:
2nd part of your way to the natural pool at Lake Königssee: Follow the signs to Rabenstein.
Now you leave the Malerwinkel loop round and instead you follow the signs leading to „Rabenstein“ this gently inclined way leads you another 30 minutes along the lake till you reach another viewpoint, similar to Malerwinkel viewpoint but located a bit higher.
3rd part of how to get to the natural pool at lake Königssee: abandoned hiking trail through the forest
Now the adventurous part of the hike starts. From the benches of the viewpoint of Rabenstein, don’t go back to the hiking trail of Rabenstein. But just pass the benches and the big rock and you’ll find yourself at the abandoned trail already. It is a narrow path leading into the forest. You will realize as there are no signs, the way is a bit overgrown with plants and it is quite narrow.
This is how the beginning of the path looks like:
WARNING: Be aware that this is not an official hiking trail, meaning it is not maintained well. Walking there is at your own risk! Make sure to wear proper shoes, that you are free from giddiness (at least at the beginning of the trail), sure-footed and mind every step you do. Sometimes the path seemed to be very loose.
Now start following this little path in the forest. It goes always parallel to Kingslake and sometimes there path splits in two ways which are both fine and will lead together at one point. There are several overturned trees in the way, but normally you can always guess where the path is leading along and crossing the overturned trees makes the way very exciting.
Depending on your speed this way through the forest, only gently inclining, takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour, till you finally hear the water of Königsbach waterfall flowing. And then it goes very fast and you’ll finally arrive at one of the cascades of Königsbach waterfall. This is the cascade where the natural pool is located.
Take a dip in the freezing cold water of the waterfall! And yes it is really really cold! But luckily there are some rocks around on which you can sunbath and heat up your body after the cold but refreshing bath in the natural pool of Königsbach waterfall.
Don’t miss to visit this beautiful place before all the crowds visiting Lake Königssee will know about it. Or before the government starts building a proper trail to the waterfall.
This day showed me that being curious, letting your wanderlust overcome your rational thinking and taking a risk is so worth it and rewards you with such a beautiful experience!
So never stop being curious and of course never stop exploring!
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Short summary of how to get to the natural pool at Lake Königssee:
Parking: Seestraße 3, 83471 Schönau am Königssee (fee of 2,50 Euro per day)
Summary of the hike:
- Go to Malerwinkel viewpoint
- Follow sings to Rabenstein viewpoint
- After Rabenstein viewpoint: Follow the abandoned path through the forest, parallel to kings lake
Level of difficulty: easy on the official trails, sure-feet and free from giddiness required on the abandoned path.
WARNING: And one more time I want to mention that the path through the forest is not official, not well maintained, and loose at some parts. Walking there is at your own risk!