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St. Bartholomew's Church at Lake Königssee

This red-domed pilgrimage church is set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Watzmann. Surrounded by the emerald-green waters of Lake Königssee it has inspired countless landscape painters since the Romantic period.

Baroque jewel in a picturebook setting
Dwarfed by Mount Watzmann, on a spit of land in the emerald-green waters of Lake Königssee, this pilgrimage church has a picture-postcard setting. During the crossing to the church the ship's captain blows his trumpet to demonstrate the famous Lake Königssee echo – at all other times the area is a haven of peace and quiet. The exterior of the baroque church is characterised by its red domes and onion spires, while the layout of the interior mirrors that of Salzburg Cathedral. The church also offers an amazing view of the eastern side of Mount Watzmann.
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Art & culture

Honest, open, genuine and down-to-earth are some of the words used to describe the traditions and customs in the region. These traditions and the art and culture of the Berchtesgadener Land region are simply a part of life here and visitors to the region can experience them at first hand. Life here is an unusual mix of deeply rooted traditions, everyday customs and a clear perspective on the present.
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