Germany Trip Plan:
10-Day Ski Vacation to Berchtesgaden

Germany trip plan: 10-Day Ski Vacation to Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden Overview
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Steeped in folklore and mythology the area of Berchtesgaden is not one to be missed. It is said that God told the angels to put all the natural wonders of the world here. The town is surrounded by six formidable mountain ranges including Germany's second tallest mountain, Watzmann (2713m).




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 10 Days
Recommended Destination Airport: Munich Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Berchtesgaden is one of the most beautiful places in Germany. A naturally dramatic, yet serene setting along with strict conservation rules have kept this region of Germany in a pristine and preternatural state of being. The Berchtesgaden Natural Park has a let nature work on nature philosophy, which allows the forests to grow and die naturally without any influence from man. There are six different ski areas for you to choose from and special ski passes that you can purchase for entry into all of them. This area of Germany is a skier and snowboarders dreamworld. There is something for all levels of proficiency here.

Not only is there regaled skiing and snowboarding here, but there are also a number of other activities for you to partake in. This is also a historical site in regards to WWII; Hitler had a bunker and house built by one of his henchmen for his 50th birthday that has been preserved and turned into a museum with walking tour and restaurant. There is also a salt-mine tour to take, tobogganing, sledding, ice skating and much more.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $1160 for 2 persons / 10 days
Admissions: starting at $900 for 2 persons / 10 days
Car Rental: starting at $600 / 10 days
Gas: starting at $185 / 10 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $2850 / 10 days
 4 persons, starting at $3850 / 10 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Frankfurt airport
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  • If flying into Munich: there is a three hour train ride to take with a connection in Freilassing. The price is 25.20 € per person, but takes you on a scenic ride through the snow laden valleys of the German Bavarian Alps.
  • The other option is to fly into Salzburg, Austria. From there you take a direct, one hour train ride straight to Berchtesgaden.
  • After arrival at Berchtesgaden you can get to your apartment rental by either walking or dialing 4041 at any local payphone for a taxi.
  • When settled in and comfortable at your apartment take a 10 minute walk into town for groceries and a quick survey of your new neighborhood.


Day 2: Götschen

Day 2: Götschen
Gotschen
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  • The entire area of Berchtesgaden has an excellent transportation system by the RVO bus. Stop by the tourist office and ask for a pamphlet with routes and times for easy navigation.
  • Time to hit the slopes! You can purchase access to all the ski slopes at this mountain by purchasing the Berchtesgadener Land Skipass. There are a couple other options too, but this one ensures access to six different pistes. Take a look at the prices by clicking here
  • Götschen boasts one of the best groomed half-pipes in the world so if you are looking for some high adrenaline adventure, then this should be your first stop.
  • Götschen is the best place to start out your vacation not only for it's soft groomed pistes but also because it gives you a spectacular view of Germanys second tallest mountain, Watzmann.
  • After skiing your heart out at Götschen ski center take the bus back into town and treat yourself to one of the local restaurants. We recommend trying the 19th-century brewery Bräustübl for organic schnitzel and salads set in a quiet inner courtyard. Every Saturday night the brewery opens up in song and dance with a stage show in the brew hall.


Day 3: Jenner am Königssee

Day 3: Jenner am Königssee
Jenner Ski Area from Hinterbrand Lodge
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  • Königssee is the biggest and most varied of the six slopes in the area. Take the Jenner cable car 1800m up to the summit for not only spectacular panoramic views but also for an exhilarating descent back down. From the top station skiers and snowboarders can choose from various well groomed slopes, runs to the middle or base station or to the small Krautkaser lift.
  • Click here to see the Königssee piste map.
  • Königssee offers ski rental, ski school, aprés ski and a ski kindergarten for children.
  • After you've worked up an appetite from all the exercise have an aprés ski at Seealm. There you will find a restaurant, bar and large play area for children. Kick back and enjoy the fire with a local brew!


Day 4: Journey into the Saltmine and Hochschwarzeck

Day 4: Journey into the Saltmine and Hochschwarzeck
Hochschwarzeck
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  • Start the day out with a trip to what is considered the "family mountain" of the Berchtesgaden area. The Hochschwarzeck is an excellent place to take your children to learn how to ski. There you can accompany the ski instructor while he or she teaches your children how to glide down the slopes with ease.
  • After an exciting morning of breakfast and ski lessons head over to the salt mines for a 90-minute tour. Visitors get to wear traditional miners' wear and traverse down a wooden slide into the depths of the mine. There you will find the grottoes of the glowing "white gold" walls and cross over the 100m-long subterranean salt lake on a wooden raft. Tours are open from 12:30 - 3:30 in the afternoons.


Day 5: Roßfeld

Day 5: Roßfeld
Rossfeld / Zinken
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  • Here at 1600 meters the Roßfeld ski area offers skiing and fun. Whether beginner or experienced, family ski and snowboard enthusiasts, you always find the best snow conditions and plenty of snow.
  • Roßfeld is known to receive the most snow in the area. There are five lifts: two of which will take you to the well-maintained exercise alpine and snowboard slopes, with separate jump hills.
  • After a day of invigorating mountain air and fun on the groomed pistes try heading to the aprés-ski area at the summit station. There you will find amazing panoramic views of the Berchtesgaden Alps (Watzmann, Hoher Goll, Untersberg) and Austrian Mountains (Dachstein, Tennengebirge) along with delicious local cuisine.
  • Rossfeld also offers night skiing. The trails are well-lit by floodlights and can be great fun for everyone.


Day 6: Obersalzburg

Day 6: Obersalzburg
Frankfurt airport
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  • This area is a joy for families and advanced skiers and snowboarders. There are easy slopes and difficult downhill terrain for expert to advanced athletes.
  • For children there is a newly constructed "child's land" with cable lift and a snow tubing. Unparalleled in its uniqueness this area always insures the best moods.
  • Always the best skiing conditions guaranteeing our snow-making.
  • You can take the free ski bus from Berchtesgaden directly to the base lodge.


Day 7: Eagle's Nest

Day 7: Eagle's Nest
Kehlsteinhaus
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  • The Eagle's Nest or in German, Kehlsteinhaus, was once a diplomatic meeting house for Hitler and his henchmen.
  • Today the Eagle’s Nest remains in its original state. In 1960, on the occasion of the 150th celebration of Berchtesgaden’s incorporation into Bavaria, the Bavarian government relinquished its control of the building to a trust that ensures that the proceeds are used for charitable purposes.
  • As well as a historical tour of the bunker and meeting area, there is also a restaurant in the house perched 1834m high that offers breathtaking views of the area.
  • The theatrical aspects of the project you will encounter is the 124m (406ft) marble-like stone tunnel that leads to a splendid brass elevator. In only 41 seconds, the lift travels another 124 meters into the Eagle’s Nest building itself.


Day 8: Back to Jenner am Königssee

Day 8: Back to Jenner am Königssee
Frankfurt airport
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  • Given that this the largest ski arena in Berchtesgaden you probably did not get to take all the runs you would have liked to. Try heading back to the piste and finish off what you did not get to the day before!
  • For an even faster traverse downhill there is an opportunity to rent toboggans.
  • Königssee has the world's first artificial refrigerated luge and bobsleigh track, built in 1969. Venue of world championships and large international events, it would make for an interesting mid-day trip to see where the team practices and what the rigorous course looks like first-hand.


Day 9: Watzmann Therme

Day 9: Watzmann Therme
Watzmann
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  • Ahhhh, relaxation. Before your journey home and after 7 days of skiing, relax your muscles at the local spa and wellness center.
  • Here you will find several indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, massage room, exercise area and wellness lessons. There are also hydro-therapeutic treatment stations and fabulous Alpine views.
  • This giant spa has two saltwater pools containing the salt from the region which locals claim to have natural healing powers.
  • You can buy a ticket for a 2 hour trip, 4 hour, or day pass. Click here for a list of prices.


Day 10: Journey Home

Day 10: Journey Home
Berchtesgaden Mountains
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  • You've soaked up most every you could in the gorgeous area of the Bavarian Alps and now it is time to head home.
  • Take the train either to Munich or Salzburg so that you can catch your flight and tell your friends about the beautiful area of Berchtesgaden.


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  • Instead of eating out in restaurants most of the time your vacation rental apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen. By preparing your breakfast and dinner yourself you can save lots of money, but you can also live a more authentic Germany vacation by trying out local foods and recipes. (see some German recipe suggestions.)
  • Use public transportation instead of a rental car. We provide you with links and details on how to get around using public transportation. Check out the corresponding Live Like a German travel guide for more details.

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