Where to Ski and Stay in the Bavarian Alps

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Bavarian Alps - Tegelbreg
Bavarian Alps - Tegelbreg

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Located in southern Bavaria near the Austria border, Berchetesgaden is home to Germany's third-largest mountain, Mount Watzmann. Watzmann-Ostwand, the highest face in the Eastern Alps, is a favored destination among rock climbers and is situated along the Königssee, a crystal-clear, deep glacial lake flanked by snow-capped mountain peaks.

And while Berchetesgaden may not be the best-known destination in the Alps, it's a hidden gem of a region that's less populated than the greater Alps -- and it's just as picturesque. Whether you're looking to get active or simply kick back in the lap of luxury, this Alpine town can satisfy your itch.

A good home base, whatever your plans, is the tranquil InterContinental Berchtesgaden (Berchtesgaden vacation rentals | Berchtesgaden travel guide) Resort (Intereck 1, Berchtesgaden 83471; tel: 011/49/8652 97550; www.ichotelsgroup.com), about 1,000 meters above the sea on Eckerbichl. Needless to say, its 360-degree mountain views are hard to beat. And its nature-derived, minimalist décor -- a central open hearth, dolomite verde-accented bathrooms, and larchwood details -- blends seamlessly with the surroundings. While you're there, head to its Mountain Spa, complete with heated indoor-outdoor pools that are open year-round, an aromatic, herbal steam room, and local salt-tinged treatments.

By the time you've dropped your bags and begun to relax, you'll no doubt have skiing on the brain. While the slopes in Berchtesgaden aren't the biggest in the Alps, there's plenty to occupy beginners. Expert skiers and snowboarders also won't face the problem of over-populated slopes.

Outdoor enthusiasts should consider heading to Berchtesgaden National Park, where a cable-car journeys to the Jenner ski area (Berchtesgadner Bergbahn AG, Jennerbahnstrasse 18, D-83471 Schönau am Königssee; tel: 011/49/8652 95810; www.jennerbahn.de). Most runs are medium-grade, red runs. Of course, those who simply want to trek through the park by foot can do that, too. You'll encounter waterfalls galore along the way. Look for Germany's highest, Röthbach, which plunges a dramatic 400 meters.

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