How to get to the natural pool at Lake Königssee – update 2020!

Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake

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, it is.


! Update 2020 !

Unfortunately, the situation at this beautiful waterfall has changed a lot and nowadays it is a very busy & dangerous place! Especially in the summer months and weekends. The Instagram hype brought many people to Kingslake and its natural pool. I have been at the pool lately again (in late October) and actually the government (or tourism organization) tries to stop people from getting there. They placed a chain which shall prevent people from entering the abandoned path.

Why are they trying to close down the path to the natural pool?

There are 2 main reasons:

First of all there were some accidents and people fell down the waterfall. After this basin which you can see on the picture, it goes down steeply for around 100 meters. So it is a bit dangerous if you are not careful, if you are trying to stand on the edge or if it rained a lot or during snowmelt in spring. Also non-experienced hikers tried to get there with flip-flops which is also super dangerous. This is an abandoned hike and you need proper hiking shoes and a bit of hiking experience to be able to get there. Never ever try to go there with flip-flops. Besides, don’t go there when it is raining or has been raining the previous day, because they way will be too slippery and dangerous.

The second reason is that people left their trash at this beautiful place which really makes me personally very angry. How can you do that? How can you destroy nature and our beautiful earth because you are too lazy to take your trash home? Please, don’t through your trash in nature!

These two reasons make it totally reasonable that the government or tourism organizations want to close down the way to the natural pool at Kingslake.

Can I still go to the natural pool at Kings lake?

Decide for yourself. Fact is that the locals and the government try to protect this natural paradise from being destroying. If you are an experienced hiker and conscious about nature you can probably still go there. If you only want to go there for the perfect Instagram shot, you don’t care about nature and you don’t have hiking boots, you should not go there.

Therefore I took the description how to get to the natural pool of lake kings lake offline now.


Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake



How to get to the natural pool at lake Königssee: Königsbach waterfall

Sorry guys, unfortunately this place got more and more destroyed, people lost their lives or risked to lose their lives. A once idylic place, turned into a busy place and is suffering. I felt like I can’t support this anymore and took the description offline.

Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake
Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake
Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake



Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake

Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake

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.

Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake
Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake
Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake

Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake
Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake

Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake
Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake
Natural pool Königssee - how to get to the natural pool at Kings lake

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 & dangerous!


As I added in the introduction: this place is quite crowded nowadays and the public authorities are about to close down the path if the situation doesn’t improve. Most people took descriptions how to get there offline – so did I. In case you still make it to find this natural pool, please at least stick to the following rules:

Rules when visiting the natural pool at Lake Königsee

#1: Wear proper hiking equipment

This includes at least hiking boots, proper clothes that allow you to move, and a backpack so that both of your hands are free and you can hold up in case you slip. If you are not a sure-footed person you should bring hiking sticks in order not to slip and risk to fall.

#2: Don’t go when the ground is slippery

You can’t get there safely if the path is wet or slippery. So if it has been raining the day before (or few days before) or it is raining on the day you want to go, DO NOT GO, you will risk your life.

#3: Don’t go if you have no hiking experience

If you have never been hiking up a mountain, if you have no head for heights or if you are not sure-footed or have any constraints with your feet, you should not try to go to the pool. It will be extremely dangerous.

#4: Don’t harm nature by any mean

Don’t break any branches, don’t kick any stones down (because people might walk under you), don’t jump in the natural pool with sunscreen, don’t do anything which might harm nature or the waterfall.

#5: Don’t litter nature or the waterfall

Don’t through your trash in nature. Put it back in your backpack and bring it home or through it at a trash bin in Schönau.

#6: Camping is not allowed

Camping is not allowed at Lake Königssee. Even if the imagination of walking up directly at the waterfall is tempting, please stick to this rule. Each disrespect might cause that the waterfall and the natural pool at lake Königssee will be closed down.

#7: Bonfire is not allowed

Also imagining this might be tempting to the one or the other, but please follow the rules and don’t do it.


Where to stay at Lake Königssee?

You can stay directly at the lake in the village of Schönau. However, I would not recommend that because this village is extremely busy and crowds of people wander through the few streets all day long. A better choice is the town of Berchtesgaden or Ramsau (a bit further away than Berchtesgaden). I can personally recommend Berghotel Rehlegg* which has a beautiful & quite location as well as spacious rooms and a heated outdoor pool – you will have way more peace there than in Schönau, directly at lake Königssee. You can get to the hotel by clicking here.*

If Ramsau is too far away for you, you can use the following search tool* to find a suitable accommodation in Berchtesgaden:

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So never stop being curious and of course never stop exploring!


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10 thoughts on “How to get to the natural pool at Lake Königssee – update 2020!

  1. Thank you for sharing! Is being in the cascade dangerous? Looks gorgeous but I wouldn’t like to fall 🙂

    1. Well I would say there is certain risk yes. When I was there it didn’t feel dangerous, there waa not so much water and current. But I could imagine if it rained a lot that the water pressure is higher.

  2. Thanks for the info, I’m passing by Konigsee in August and will definitely try and do this hike. Do you think there’s anywhere around this spot that would be suitable for a bivouac? or maybe a hammock?

    1. Hi Sam, I hope my answer is not too late. Well, there are plenty of trees around so I’m pretty sure you will find a spot for your hammock. Let me know how it was!

  3. Great read! Thank you for sharing a detailed report. How long would you estimate it takes to hike to the pool and back? (from/to parking)

    1. Hi mike, I would say around 1.5 hours one way. Enjoy your time there and let me know how it was!

  4. Hello! Firstly, I know this post is old but it’s still relevant and helpful to locals and tourists alike, plus your writing style is entertaining to read, so thank you so much! Although I’ve lived near Paris for almost four years now, the stringent rules and language barrier have so far put me off going swimming (I’ve never found the time anyway) but I’m really missing swimming recently, and could use the exercise, so am thinking I might finally try it out!

    1. Hey Lisa, thanks for your comment. I hope I could inspire you to go! This place is not really for swimming, more like for a dip in the water. But I also wrote a blog post about lakes around Munich for swimming. That one might help you as well. Enjoy reading!

  5. Hi Elle, happy that you like my post! To be honest I would bot recommend it with a 3 year old. The path is really small and you have to be sure-footed. At some parts if you would slip, you could fall down quote some meters. But Kings lake is still worth it for a visit even without the waterfall. Thanks for the tip of the suspension bridge, I haven’t been there. Will check it out 🙂

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