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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?"Where in Berchtesgaden can I buy fresh rolls in the morning or get a nice breakfast with coffee?" (posted 05/31/2014)
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Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?"Any recommended places near to Berchtesgaden that i can visit together?" (posted 09/30/2014)
Good restaurants for dinner?"Can you recommend me 2-3 good local restaurants in Berchtesgaden where I can get a nice and tasty dinner?" (posted 06/01/2014)
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How to get around and find best means of local transportation?"Hi, My name is Vivian. I am planning to visit Konigssee on 25 May this year. Apart from Kongissee, Ramsau and Sommerrdelbahn Slide looks very interesting to me. I would like to see if it is possible to visit Kongisee + Ramsau/Sommerrdelbahn in one day, provided that my accommodation will be in Salzburg. Further, any recommended method to get to Sommerrdelbahn Slide and do you know the cost of each method? I just saw from internet Bus 838 and Alpine lift are possible ways, but not sure about the details. Thanks a lot, hope to hear from you soon! " (posted 04/09/2015)
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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?"Are there any local food specialties in Berchtesgaden one should try out?" (posted 05/31/2014)
What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"Should we wait until the end of April before taking a trip to Berchtesgaden?.. We do not want to go skiing!" (posted 03/23/2014)
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Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?"Hello! We are looking for a hut hike recommendation. We will be staying in Berchtesgaden and want to go on a hut to hut hike for 3 days, 2 nights. We are experienced hikers, and can hike long days, but are not mountaineers (no rock climbing or extreme conditions). We would love to hike a loop so that we don't see the same thing twice. We are open to taking a bus back to Berchtesgaden if the hiking takes us too far away. Let me know if you have any hike+ hut recommendations!" (posted 06/02/2014)
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Jenner (Berg) is a mountain of Bavaria, Germany.
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Salt Mine Berchtesgaden
Dressed in miner's clothing, the visitor enjoys rides on a train, a funicular, a raft and down slides through the Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden. In former times only privileged dignitaries were allowed to visit Berchtesgaden's salt mines, in operation since 1517. Today, this fascinating underground world can be visited by all thanks to continuous guided tours. Visitors learn about mining history and techniques thanks to a new film featuring mascot Pauli and numerous exhibits with a recorded commentary. New: mystical light and sound show &
rock-blastingon the way out.
Hours: May 1 to October 31: daily from 9am - 5pm*. November 2 to April 30: daily from 11:30am - 3pm* (*last train).Closed: January 1, Good Friday, Whit Monday, All Saint's Day, December 24 and 25.
Admission: Adults 14 €, Children 4-16 years 9 €, combination tickets for the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine and the Old Salt Works in Bad Reichenhall at a reduced entrance fee.
The Eagle's Nest
The road leading from Obersalzberg (formerly Hitler's home and southern headquarters) to the Eagle's Nest parking lot is considered to be a feat of engineering. Perched at 1.834 m (6.017 ft), the building itself was a project of Martin Bormann's and given to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday as a teahouse for diplomats. The Eagle's Nest remained unscathed from the bombing of the Allied Forces during WWII. Since 1952 it has been open to the public as a mountain top restaurant with a spectacular view and is accessed only by special mountain buses from Obersalzberg. The Obersalzberg Documentation Center, located near the car park at Obersalzberg, offers interesting exhibits on the history of Obersalzberg, Hitler's regime and WWII. It also gives access to part of the underground bunker system. Due to its high elevation the Eagle's Nest is open in summer only, usually from about mid-May through October.
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The Watzmann Therme spa offers swimming fun for the whole family in an attractive environment. Here you can experience the element of curative water in all its forms. Over 900 m² of water surface, an 80 meter long
Black Holeslide, separate lap pools, brine therapy room, brine area with indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, indoor sauna area with two Finnish block-house saunas, Aromarium with a play of light, fragrance and colors, outdoor sauna garden with block-house sauna and coldwater pool, steam bath, infrared cabin, therapeutic treatment using cold and hot water, solariums in all areas, massage room for wellness treatment, sun gallery, refreshment area and a separate sauna bar. Open every day from 10am - 10pm.
Berchtesgaden National Park
The Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest nature reserves in the Alps. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience an enchanting part of the Berchtesgaden Alps where nature has developed freely, mostly without human influence. The breathtaking Alpine landscape is formed mainly of limestone sediments. Guided or independent walks in the national park are excellent ways to discover this idyllic landscape with its rocky peaks, scree slopes, Alpine meadows and forests of mountain pines and green alders.
Grassl's Gentian Schnaps Destillery
Since 1602 the well-known mountain gentian schnapps has been distilled here according to a traditional recipe. The distillery produces not only gentian root brand, but also over 20 other alpine liqueurs. Each year about 100,000 visitors from around the world discover the interesting world of this small distillery located just outside of Berchtesgaden in Unterau. The visit includes a tour through the distillery, an interesting film, free tasting and a well-stocked shop featuring a lot more than just bottles.
Hours: May - October: Saturday 8am - 2pm. November - April: Monday - Friday 8am - 5 pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm.
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Berchtesgaden is located in southern Bavaria and is easily accessible from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) or Salzburg. Three miles to the south are picturesque Lake Königssee and Watzmann Mountain—a wanderer's paradise!
Berchtesgaden is a medium sized town in the south of Bavaria. The region where it is located is also called "Berchtesgaden" or "Berchtesgadener Land." It's placed in the northern part of the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden. Located about 3 miles in south is Lake Königssee, one of the largest lakes in Bavaria. Located around the lake is the "Königssee Fußweg", which offers hiking extensive hiking possibilities around the lake and surounding area. The Watzmann Mountain, a symbol of Bavaria, is next to Lake Königssee. To Salzburg, Austria it's only about half an hour by car on the German Freeway (Bundesstraße) B305.
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International travellers wishing to visit Bavaria and Berchtesgaden should have no problems to book a flight to Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), home to a large international airport. Alternatively, if there is no direct flight to Munich with your airline, you could book a flight via Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) and travel to Munich with the ICE high speed train. Alternatively you can fly to Salzburg in Austria and travel then to Berchtesgaden via train (70 minutes) or bus (~40 minutes), both direct connections. The distances are only 20 km from Salzburg and about 190 km from Munich Airport. Crossing the German-Austrian border is no problem due to the Schengen Treaty.
Berchtesgaden has a train station and is well connected to Munich and Frankfurt. From Austria, a train from Salzburg is likely the best option.
Driving from Munich on the A8 to Salzburg you find Berchtesgaden sign posted shortly before the Austrian border and it is another 20 km from there to Berchtesgaden. (If you travel in a hire car make sure that you pre-order winter equipment since most of the rental car companies in Germany provide you only with
summer wheels which are most unsuitable in and around Berchtesgaden from October to April). Note also that in order to drive on a motorway in Austria it is necessary to purchase and display a 'vignette', or tax disk. These can be bought from roadside service stations.
[ source: Wikitravel ]
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Berchtesgaden is well-known for its walking and its scenery in the summer. But it also hosts a small but surprisingly interesting ski area in the winter months - find out more about Berchtesgaden in Winter.
More about the History of Berchtesgaden
First historical note dates back to 1102 and it mentions the area because of its rich salt deposits. Much of Berchtesgaden's wealth has been derived from its salt mines. The town
served as independent Fürstpropstei until the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803. During the Napoleonic wars, Berchtesgaden changed hands a few times. Salzburg was always interested in Berchtesgaden and French troops occupied the area a short time.
Berchtesgaden came under Bavarian rule in 1810 and became instantly popular with the Bavarian royal family, which often visited Königssee and maintained a royal hunting residence in the town itself. Nascent tourism started to evolve and a number of artists came
to the area, which reportedly gave rise to
Malereck (literallypainter's corner) on the shore of Königssee. The most famous author who lived in Berchtesgaden was Ludwig Ganghofer.
Nazis in Berchtesgaden
The area of Obersalzberg was purchased by the Nazis in the 1920s for their senior leaders to enjoy. Hitler's mountain residence, the Berghof, was located here. Berchtesgaden and its environs (Stanggass) were fitted to serve as an outpost of the German Reichskanzlei office (Imperial Chancellery), which sealed the area's fate as a strategic objective for Allied forces in World War II. Some typical Third Reich buildings in Berchtesgaden include the bahnhof (railway station), that had a reception for Hitler and his guests, and the postamt (post office) next to the bahnhof. The Berchtesgadener Hof Hotel was a hotel where famous visitors stayed, such as Eva Braun, Erwin Rommel, Josef Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler, as well as Neville Chamberlain in and David Lloyd George. The hotel was torn down in 2006. There is a museum on the spot now, called 'Haus der Berge'.
A number of other relics of the Nazi era can still be found in the area, although only few of them are still well preserved. There is the Kehlsteinhaus (nicknamed Eagle's Nest by a French diplomat), which was built as a present for Hitler's 50th birthday in 1939. The remnants of homes of former Nazi leaders such as Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, and Martin Bormann were all demolished in the early post-war years.
The Platterhof was retained and served as a retreat for the American military. It was known as the General Walker Hotel. It was demolished in 2000. The only remaining buildings are the former SS HQ at Hotel Zum Türken and the Kehlsteinhaus. A small part of the Platterhof is also still there. The information centre on the mountain is the former guesthouse Höher Göll. It has an entrance to the Obersalzberg bunker system.
Post war era
After the war, Obersalzberg became a military zone and most of its buildings were seized by the U.S. Army. Hotel Platterhof was rebuilt and renamed General Walker Hotel in 1952. It served as an integral part of the U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) for the duration of the Cold War and beyond. The Berghof was demolished in 1953.
In 1995, 50 years after the end of World War II and 5 years after German reunification, the AFRC Berchtesgaden was turned over to Bavarian authorities to facilitate military spending reductions mandated within the Base Realignment and Closure program by the United States Congress and the Pentagon during the administration of U.S. President Bill Clinton. The General Walker Hotel was demolished shortly thereafter. Its ruins, along with the remnants of the Berghof, were removed in 1996 to make room for a new bus depot serving the bus line to the Kehlsteinhaus and a for the new InterContinental Hotel Resort. The former guesthouse "Hoher Goell" now serves a new documentation center. It is the first German museum of its kind to chronicle the entire span of World War II in one spot.
In 1972, local government reform united the then independent municipalities of Salzberg, Maria Gern and Au (consisting of Oberau and Unterau) under the administration of the town of Berchtesgaden. Another suggested reform uniting all remaining five municipalities in Berchtesgaden valley (Bischofswiesen, Ramsau, Markt Schellenberg and Schönau) failed to gain enough popular support; it passed in Berchtesgaden and failed everywhere else.
The Nationalpark Berchtesgaden was established in 1978 and has gradually become one of Berchtesgaden's largest draws. Luckily, mass tourism is confined to a few popular spots, which gives alternative, nature-seeking tourists more than enough space to find peace and quiet in the park. Major tourist draws are the Königssee, the salt mine (with a new sound and light show inaugurated in 2007), the Kehlsteinhaus and the new Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg.
Recreational and competitive sports have also grown in importance. Although Berchtesgaden's ski slopes are not among the largest in the Alps, they can easily accommodate everyone; from beginners to very competitive skiers and boarders. The Königssee bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track has hosted ski-running and a number of international bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton events and competitions. Berchtesgaden's most famous sports personality is Georg Hackl, a multiple Olympic medal winner. The city is also home to the International Luge Federation (FIL).
Berchtesgaden has virtually no manufacturing industry, unlike the northern part of Berchtesgadener Land and the Salzburg area.
[ source: Wikipedia ]
Berchtesgaden is located in southern Bavaria and is easily accessible from Munich or Salzburg. Three miles to the South are picturesque Lake Königssee and Watzmann Mountain—a hiker's paradise! Close to Berchtesgaden itself is the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden, which is popular among outdoor lovers. This area offers all the best Alpine experiences that any traveler could wish.
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