Palaces > St Bartholomew's Church on the Königssee

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St Bartholomew's Church
St Bartholomew's Church
View of the altar

St Bartholomew's Church – Königssee

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.

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83471 Schönau am Königssee

Opening hours

St Bartholomew's Church can be reached via boat from Schönau; the opening hours depend on the timetable of the ferry service.

Admission fees

The admission to St Bartholomew's church is free.

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets

Please note: The boat trips to St Bartholomew's Church are subject to a fee and not enclosed in the annual season tickets / 14-day tickets of the Bavarian Palace Administration!


Only folding wheelchairs can be accommodated on the boats; interior of the church accessible via ramp; toilet available for the disabled

Getting here / parking


Bus (RVO) to 'Königssee'

Car park near the landing stage

Further information

Event rooms at St Bartholomew's Church

Service (leaflets, photo/film, links…)

Gaststätte St. Bartholomä
83471 Königssee
08652 964937

St. Bartholomä 3
83471 Schönau
08652 3119

Administrative office

Bayer. Schlösserverwaltung/
Außenstelle Chiemsee
Bernauer Straße 5
83209 Prien
08051 96658-0
Fax 08051 96658-38

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