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Am Königssee, Bayern, Southern Germany

The Königssee is a natural lake in the Berchtesgadener Land near the Austrian border. Most of it lies within the Berchtesgaden National Park. Due to its picturesque setting, the lake and surrounding parklands are very popular with tourists and hikers. In addition, the surrounding sheer rock walls create an echo known for its clarity. On boat tours, it has become traditional to stop and play a flugelhorn or trumpet to demonstrate the echo. Previously demonstrated by shooting a cannon, the echo can be heard to reverberate up to 7 times. The trumpeter plays along with the echo, so that there can seem to be as many as 7 players.

St. Bartholomä, a famous pilgrimage church, is located on a peninsula about halfway down the western lake shore. The small Christlieger island is located near its northern end. South of the Königssee, separated by the Salet moraine, is the smaller Obersee lake with the 470 m high Röthbach waterfall. Because there is no lakeside path on the steep shore of the Königssee, St. Bartholomä and the southern edge can only be reached by boat, or via hiking trails up the surrounding mountains, except during harsh winters when the lake freezes over.

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https://youtu.be/NgCOE9tv8eI

American travel writer Rick Steves visits Hamburg, Germany‘s second-largest city, and locations in which Protestant reformer Marting Luther lived and worked.

25 minutes, in English.

What is the state of Rheinland Pfalz like? Is …

What is the state of Rheinland Pfalz like? Is it cheap to live there? Are there a lot of Muslims/refugees? Is it a safe place to be? Thanks! 🙂

Rheinland-Pfalz in Southwestern Germany has a lot of villages, smalltowns, countryside, farmland with vineyards, and rural areas. With about 4 million people, it‘s Germany‘s 7th-most populous state out of 12. Mainz with about 200,000 people is the capital and largest city, other cities include Ludwigshafen, , Koblenz, Trier, Kaiserslautern, and Worms. Around it are 4 German states — it also borders France, Luxembourg, and Belgium.

Significant foreign resident populations (as per Jan 2018, highest to lowest number) included people from Turkey, Poland, Syria, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Afghanistan, Croatia, Russia, and the Kosovo.

41% of the population are officially Roman Catholic, 28% are officially Lutheran/Protestant, 31% of the population claims they are not religious, As in most of Germany, under 3% of the population is Muslim.

As most of Germany, it‘s a „safe“ place to be, especially compared to many other countries. The unemployment rate was 4% in late 2018, lower than the German average. „Cheap“ is a relative term, but yes, depending on exact location, cost of housing etc. would probably be lower than in larger cities.

Get ready to drink good wine, eat Saumagen und listen to Donald Trump and Helmut Kohl jokes. 😀 Trumps ancestors came from Kallstadt here and Helmut Kohl (former German Chancellor) liked to serve international guests Saumagen (pig’s stomach), a local specialty not everyone might consider a desirable food to eat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saumagen

Click the Rheinland Pfalz link below for pictures from this state.