Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden is a quaint town that looks like it has been lifted straight from a fairytale. Read more

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This picturesque retreat offers a medley of breathtaking natural landscapes, historical intrigue, and traditional Bavarian charm. Located close to the Austrian border, Berchtesgaden is renowned for its stunning alpine scenery, including the crystal-clear Königssee lake and the dramatic Watzmann mountain. This charming town, steeped in history and culture, provides an idyllic setting for both relaxation and adventure. Berchtesgaden has a wealth of attractions that include baroque churches, salt mines, and even a residence that once served as Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat—the Eagle's Nest.
The Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest in Germany and home to a variety of flora and fauna. It offers hiking trails that lead through lush forests, alpine meadows, and onto steep rocky cliffs, providing spectacular views. In winter, the region transforms into a winter wonderland perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports.
Local restaurants serve hearty Bavarian meals, and you can sample traditional specialties like Weißwurst (white sausage) and Knödel (dumplings). Berchtesgaden is also home to Germany's oldest privately-owned brewery, offering you the chance to taste authentic Bavarian beer.

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What to do in Berchtesgaden


Known as Germany's deepest and cleanest lake, Königssee is a paradise for boating and hiking.

Eagle's Nest

Originally a gift to Adolf Hitler, this mountaintop retreat offers panoramic views and a dark slice of history.

Watzmann Mountain

This iconic mountain is a popular trekking destination and offers challenging climbs as well as sweeping vistas.

Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Don a miner’s outfit and explore the fascinating world below ground, learning about the salt extraction process.

Berchtesgaden National Park

Discover the rich biodiversity and serene beauty of one of Germany's oldest national parks.

St. Bartholomew's Church

Located on the Königssee lake, this pilgrimage church is famous for its red domes and stunning location.

Jennerbahn Cable Car

Take this cable car for an easy ascent to great heights and enjoy panoramic views of the area.

The Royal Palace

Explore this beautiful building, which serves as a museum showcasing the history and culture of the region.

Haus der Berge

This visitor center offers interactive exhibits about the natural history and ecology of the Alps.

Berchtesgadener Land Brewery

Visit Germany's oldest privately-owned brewery and taste the traditional Bavarian beer.

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In and around Berchtesgaden

Eagle Nest (1.95 km)

The Eagle's Nest s an architectural marvel with a dark past. Built as a mountaintop retreat for Adolf Hitler, it now serves as a restaurant and historical site with panoramic views that will leave you breathless.

Schonau am Konigssee (4.5 km)

Experience the heavenly allure of Schönau am Königssee, a Bavarian oasis renowned for its crystal-clear lake, verdant alpine scenery, and idyllic mountain vistas.

Hallein (6.47 km)

Hallein is an Austrian town where history and nature converge. Known for its salt mines, scenic landscapes, and historical architecture, Hallein offers a blend of cultural richness and natural beauty that makes it an appealing destination for tourists.

Bad Reichenhall (14.26 km)

Bad Reichenhall is a picturesque spa town that promises a harmonious blend of wellness, culture, and natural beauty. Known for its salt production and therapeutic air, this town is a sanctuary for relaxation and outdoor adventure alike.

Salzburg (17.69 km)

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a Baroque gem with a magnificent historic centre, situated between the Salzach River and the Hohensalzburg Fortress. The picturesque streets and charming atmosphere will captivate you.

Werfen Ice Caves (19.87 km)

Ethereal world within the Werfen Ice Caves, the world's largest ice cave system. Located just an hour's drive south of Salzburg, Austria, this natural marvel promises an adventure that will transport you to an icy wonderland deep within the Alps.

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