The palace and pilgrimage church were founded by the Prince-Provosts of Berchtesgaden in 1134. The triple-concha design of the church dates back to 1697; the stucco-work is by the Salzburg master Joseph Schmidt.
In the 18th century the summer and hunting palace was rebuilt, with older building sections incorporated.
After Berchtesgaden became part of Bavaria in 1810, the palace became a hunting lodge for the Bavarian kings and was one of their favourite haunts. Since the Romantic period, the world-famous pilgrimage church, set against the Watzmann range, has been a source of inspiration for numerous landscape painters.
83471 Schönau am Königssee
St Bartholomew's Church can be reached via boat from Schönau; the opening hours depend on the timetable of the ferry service.
No regular guided tours
The admission to St Bartholomew's church is free.
Only folding wheelchairs can be accommodated on the boats; interior of the church accessible via ramp; toilet available for the disabled
Bus (RVO) to 'Königssee'
Car park near the landing stage
Gaststätte St. Bartholomä
St. Bartholomä 3
Bernauer Straße 5
Fax 08051 96658-38