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Schönau am Königsee

Schönau a.Königssee

Harbour on Königsee

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Schönau a.Königssee
Schönau a.Königssee

Coordinates: 47°36′N 12°58′E / 47.600°N 12.967°E / 47.600; 12.967Coordinates: 47°36′N 12°58′E / 47.600°N 12.967°E / 47.600; 12.967

Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberbayern
 • Mayor Stefan Kurz (CSU)
 • Total 131.68 km2 (50.84 sq mi)
Elevation 630 m (2,070 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,361
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 83471
Dialling codes 08652
Vehicle registration BGL

Schönau am Königsee is a municipality in the district of Berchtesgadener Land in the German state of Bavaria. It is located at the northern end of the Königssee lake.

Once a locality (Gnotschaft) of the Berchtesgaden Provostry, Schönau finally fell to the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1810. Today's commune was formed in 1978 by the merger of the Schönau and Königssee municipalities. Since 1984 it also comprises the formerly unincorporated areas of the Königssee lake, the famous St. Bartholomä church and the surrounding mountains including the east face of the Watzmann all the way to the Austrian border in the south.

Due to its picturesque setting Schönau largely depends on tourism. It is home to a bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track that is the oldest permanent track in the world, having been constructed in 1968. Passenger services along the lake from Schönau are operated by the Bayerische Seenschifffahrt company using electric boats.[2][3]

The eastern part of Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the municipality of Schönau am Königsee.

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