Tuesday, June 21, 2011

lake Königssee, Germany-Austria

Salet Moraine is a place located at the end of the Königssee. The nature is protected. Behind the trees there a smaller Obersee lake. No this place is not for sale. The Königssee is a lake located in the extreme southeast of the German state of Bavaria, near the border with Austria. It's all part of the Berchtesgaden National Park. Located at a Jurassic rift it was formed by glaciers during the last ice age. It stretches about 7.7 km. The lake similar to a fjord is surrounded by steeply rising flanks of mountains up to 2700 m. The lake is noted for its clear water and is advertised as the cleanest lake in Germany. For this reason, only electric driven passenger ships, rowing and pedal boats have been permitted on the lake since 1909. Swimming is allowed but no fishing. Due to its picturesque setting, the lake and surrounding parklands are very popular with tourists and hikers. In addition, the lake's position surrounded by sheer rock walls creates an echo, which is known for its clarity. St. Bartholomä, a famous pilgrimage church with a small inn nearby, is located on a peninsula about halfway down the western lakeshore. St. Bartholomä and the southern edge can only be reached by boat or via hiking trails up the surrounding mountains. The major concentration of hang-gliding and paragliding extends over the areas occupied by the Jenner at 1800m of which is located within the National Park’s boundaries. Each year roughly 2000 hang-gliders and paragliders take off from these jumps of which an estimated 85% fly north over the forefield of the National Park once they have gained enough altitude over the Brett and Hoher Göll mountains. The best flying conditions are to be found in spring and in autumn. Due to the fact that hang-gliding and paragliding can greatly disturb wildlife in the National Park, precautionary measures were developed for these sports.

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