Last Light at the Ice Chapel (Eiskapelle)

Photo of the Ice Chapel (Eiskapelle) at the foot of Mount Watzmann, seen from Feuerpalven

Last Light at the Ice Chapel — seen from the Feuerpalven vista point at Gotzenalm, Berchtesgaden National Park, Bavaria, Germany. October 2010.

The Ice Chapel (Eiskapelle) at the foot of Mount Watzmann’s famous east-facing wall consists of old snow that accumulates during the winter months and doesn’t melt, not even in summer (it is in a very shady spot that only gets little sunlight during the daytime). In summer the melting snow forms a little creek that forms a cave-like opening at the base of the little ice field, not unlike a glacier’s mouth.

Eiskapelle can be reached in 30 minutes with a relatively easy hike from the Sankt Bartholomä (Saint Bartholomew) peninsula, but I’ve never been there myself (it would certainly be interesting to go there and make some photos inside the ice cave at it’s mouth). This photo was made from the opposite side, high above Königssee, from the Feuerpalven vista point near Gotzenalm.

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