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Hello friends and colleagues, today I offer another view from the viewpoint of Mount Jenner, this time you see a little of the lake Königssee and the town of Schönau am Königssee, with a little of the valley that surrounds it. I hope you like it, then some letters on the lake.

Lake of the King (in German Königssee) is located in the extreme south of Germany, in the state of Bavaria. It is an elongated lake, surrounded by high mountains, which give it the appearance of a fjord. With a maximum depth of 190 m, it is the third deepest lake in Germany.

Its main source is Lake Ober, which is southeast of Lake El Rey. The lake, rich in trout, is within the municipality of Schönau am Königssee.

During the last glaciation, ice flows (glaciers) formed the lake. The beauty of the lake and its coast were the impetus for the creation of the Berchtesgaden National Park, which includes most of the lake area. On the west side stands the east wall of Mount Watzmann, the third highest mountain in Germany.

At the foot of this mountain is the famous Eiskapelle (ice chapel), a vaulted ice grotto, which is formed in the summer months and is accessible by a footpath.

Lake of the King contains a rocky island of 1260 m˛, called Christlieger, that is to only 250 m of the north shore. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the lake from the points Feuerpalven, Archenkanzel and Malerwinkel (literally "corner of the painter"). Especially the view from Malerwinkel is famous, as several landscape painters have painted the lake from this point.

One company operates 18 electric boats that navigate the lake. Electric boats are used to prevent water pollution, which is reputed to be the cleanest water in Germany. The first electric boats began to sail the lake in 1909 and today the oldest still in operation dates back to 1920. In 2003 two boats were introduced with steel helmet, the others have wooden helmet. Boats depart from the village of Königssee, part of Schönau am Königssee, and stop at Kessel (only by request), St. Bartholomä and Salet, at the southern end of the lake. Halfway between the town of Königssee and St Bartholomä, it is customary for the boat operator to play a trumpet, so that tourists can hear the multiple echoes generated by the high cliffs surrounding the lake. St. Bartholomä is a picturesque pilgrimage chapel located on the shores of the lake. It was also a hunting ground for the kings of Bavaria.

Due to its size, it is unusual for the surface of the lake to freeze during the winter. This usually happens only once or twice a century. The last time this event took place was in January and February of 2006, when the surface of the lake remained frozen for 29 days, with an ice thickness of up to 4 dm. These days it was allowed to walk to St. Bartholomä by a marked path.
Source: Wikipedia.

Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/2500 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 22 mm
Date Taken: 2012-07-05 14:43
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 517 k

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