Exploring Berchtesgaden

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Berchtesgaden National Park
Berchtesgaden National Park

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When you’re getting close to Berchtesgaden (Berchtesgaden vacation rentals | Berchtesgaden travel guide) Land, you’ll know it. The mountains rising up around you, the sun glistening on the lakes and streams, the peaceful alpine villages with walls adorned with painted figures and Bavaria scenes. Exploring Berchtesgaden Land is like entering another world altogether. Cities seem hundreds of miles away, when in fact Berchtesgaden is easily accessible to both Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) and Salzburg.

The activity options in Berchtesgaden are endless, especially for the outdoorsy folks. Hike to your heart’s content on one of the many hiking trails, stopping at huts for a snack or a tall glass of beer. Or perhaps, even, some fresh milk right from the cow. After your hike, head to Königssee for a refreshing view of this emerald-green lake. At over 600m, Königssee is Germany’s highest lake, and therefore retains its refreshingly cool temperatures all year. The mountains framing the lake lend a dramatic fjordlike atmosphere to the area. Explore the lake on a boat tour or by simply walking around the lake shores.

In addition to nature-oriented activities, Berchtesgaden Land offers a glimpse into the local salt mine with its 90-minute tours of the Salzbergwerk. This makes for a great activity for the whole family. Also be sure to check out the Eagle’s Nest, at the top of Mount Kehlstein in Obersalzberg. This scenic lodge offers spectacular views of the valley below. Just getting up there is a wonderful experience, complete with a brass-clad lift for the final ascent. The Kehlsteinhaus is open to visitors in from May to October.

The town of Berchtesgaden itself offers much by way of hotels and dining, in addition to its picture perfect winding streets. The Schloss Berchtesgaden, a former monastery, is in the main town square. The collection contains pieces from Bavaria’s former ruling family and covers all major artistic periods. The Berchtesgaden Land will not disappoint. One could spend days, or even weeks, exploring the area and still come across a new and beautiful view each day.

How to get there: Driving time from Munich to the town of Berchtesgaden is about 1.5 hours on the A8, excluding traffic. The quickest train connection from Munich involves heading towards Salzburg and changing in Freilassing (Freilassing vacation rentals | Freilassing travel guide) (about 2.5 hours). Buses and trains are also available from Salzburg. The towns in Berchtesgaden Land are connected by local RVO bus lines and a detailed schedule can be found at the tourist office.

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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