Friday, September 27, 2013

Cows, the Königssee and a Fresh Face Friday Blog Hop!

Hello to everyone from the Fresh Face Friday Blog Hop! I'm so glad you're here. Today I'm recapping our trip to the Bavarian Alps-I hope you'll stick around, leave a comment, or scroll down to join the Fresh Face Friday Blog Hop! Have fun! :)

About a year ago I saw a gorgeous picture on Pinterest of a pristine Bavarian lake called the Königssee. The water was crystal clear near the shore and changed from emerald to deep blue as the water got deeper. In the background, imposing snow capped mountains soared into the sky. It didn't even look real. I love the Bavarian Alps, and since it's a few hours from us I have been eager to go for a while.

It's hard for Fionn to get time off, so his mom and I decided to do a quick girly road trip down to Berchtesgaden before she left. Berchtesgaden is a mere 15 minutes from the Königssee, so I finally got my chance to visit!

The Königssee is Germany's cleanest lake. It located in the Berchtesgaden National Park, in the Berchtesgadener Alps, right near the border with Austria. To keep the lake clean, they only allow electrically powered boats, a rule that's been in place since 1909! There are lots of hiking trails around, but we decided to take the boat to see the sights.

At the end of the lake is a stop called Salet. It's only open from April to October, but from there you can walk to the smaller Obersee lake and see the Rothbach waterfall. So that's what we did!

As we walked, we saw a sign advertising fresh milk for sale. It seemed interesting, so we followed other hikers onto the trail. 

After walking for a while we started hearing clinking noises up ahead. We rounded the corner and came face to face with this!

A whole herd of cows were happily munching on the grass along the trail. We skirted around them and laughed, finally having an explanation for all the torn up shrubs on the hill where cows were climbing!

From there we continued our walk, up some slippery stone steps...

...and were rewarded with a great view!

We found a little barn being run by two old Bavarian ladies selling fresh milk, water, beer, and bread with cheese or butter. Fionn's mom had some fresh milk (very good, she said) and we enjoyed a little rest before heading back.

fresh from our friends on the path

On the way back we were blessed with some sunshine after a morning of rain! It made everything even more beautiful.

We caught the next boat out and headed to our next stop on the Königssee, St. Bartholoma!

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  1. Beautiful photos! I'm a new follower from the blog hop :)


    1. Welcome! I can't wait to see your posts about Korea, I'd love to continue our OCONUS adventure and get stationed there next!

  2. Beautiful photos! The color of the water and grass is absolutely amazing. What a hidden gem.
    Stopping by the say hello from Fresh Face Friday blog hop!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I was so happy the real life Konigsee was just as pretty as the Pinterest inspiration picture ;)

  3. This place doesn't even look real! It's incredible. Those cows were a good find too, soo cute!

    Dannielle | Chic-a-DeeDee

    1. I was pretty scared of the cows, not gonna lie. Luckily my mother in law grew up on a farm so she inspired me to be brave :)

  4. WOW. that water is incredible! So so so beautiful... It's going on my must-see list! (which should probably stop existing only in my head and get onto paper some time...)

    1. You two should totally go down to the Bavarian Alps. It is so beautiful and romantic! I'm not a skier, but if you like snow sports that's also a great place to do it.

  5. Wow, such a beautiful place!!! And I just love the cows!!!

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    1. Danke! Easiest place ever to photograph-every angle is a photo op :)

  7. Hello, gorgeous lake! Stunning photos, girl! I need to get myself there!!!

    1. You should! If you haven't been to Salzburg yet you can easily combine the two for a weekend. Hands down prettiest place I've been in Germany. :)

  8. Germany is such a gorgeous country!! And on top of being beautiful, I watched a friend documentary on food in Germany ( on the plane) how many 4 and 5 star restaurants there are there. We spent several days in Munich a few years ago and the food was fantastic, and the turned me into a beer snob.

    1. I never even liked beer til I came to Germany! I wish it was easy to find stateside...

  9. Wow! Breathtaking lake and views.

  10. Is that even a real place?!?! So unbelievably gorgeous!