10 Things to Do in Berchtesgaden That You Shouldn't Miss

December 17, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Winter sports enthusiasts will love Berchtesgaden, a village in the German Alps with several ski slopes and a top-notch bobsled track. Visit the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines (TripAdvisor travelers rave about their slides!). Nearby Lake Königsee makes a great day trip.
Restaurants in Berchtesgaden

1. National Park center

Hanielstrasse 7 | At the beginning of the Hirschbichltales, 83486 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 979060
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National Park center

Germany's only Alpine National Park Lofty, wild and majestic, "King" Watzmann (2713m) reigns over the Berchtesgadener Land as he surveys his kingdom: Berchtesgaden National Park. High Mountains, deep Valleys and crystal-clear alpine streams define this protected area bordering Austria. "Allow nature to remain in its natural state" is the motto of Germany’s only Alpine National Park. Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the southeast of Germany, in Bavaria and adjoining the Austrian Salzburg region. Founded in 1978, the park includes an area of 210 square kilometres and is owned by the federal state of Bavaria. In addition, the park is the core and buffer zone of the biosphere reserve Berchtesgadener Land.

Reviewed By Venus F - Munich

Jennerbahn has so much to offer. We came back twice in three days! And it has become the highlight of our trip in Berchtesgaden.
Cable car with ever changing views overcame my fear of heights. The slow ride up to the top could be intimidating for someone afraid of heights like me. But the changing view at different height provided a timely distraction. And the slow pace made it perfect to snap plenty of photos.
Panoramic, magnificent views at the top. The Watzmann along with the surrounding alps was just breathtaking. Plenty to walk around at the top station with a short walk up to the peak Jenner. Route #12: Gipfelweg that offers a view down to the Königssee. Do heed the road condition. There's some frost when we walked up and it's slippery at some area of the route. It's the end of October.
Hiking galore! Many hiking routes for different fitness levels. And plenty of routes starting from the middle station. We rode the cable car to the top station and took route#3 Mitterkaserweg. It's indeed a beautiful descent from the top station, rather steep at times. But one is rewarded with great views along the route, including the starting point for the parasailing. Have a cup of hot Hugo at the Mitterkaseralm and take in the other side of the Alpine views. The route is straightforward and there are signs for directions too.
I can't wait for my next visit to Jennerbahn! More hiking route to explore!

2. Haus der Berge

Hanielstr. 7, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 979060
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Haus der Berge

Reviewed By Rebecca B - Nottingham, United Kingdom

We'd visited Berchtesgaden on several occasions in summer and never quiet made time for Haus der Berge. However, when we visted for two snowy weeks in January, it seemed like the perfect way to spend a very snowy Sunday afternoon.
We didn't expect much - although the building is interesting from the outside, it looks like it might be more style than substance. However, this simply isn't true. It's a brilliant museum. The main exhibition is an introduction to the geography of the Alps - from flora and fauna, to geology, weather, ecosystems and human impact. They even manage to use the stuffed animals to very good effect - spotting small birds in the wooden trees and coming face to face with otters, deer and others was both fun and educational. We learnt a lot and found we didn't want to skip anything. Just as you start to feel you might have seen enough stuffed animals and read enough information boards, you find yourself in the caves and mountain walk part of the experience - a wooden mountain structure allows you to explore dark 'cave' areas with a torch to find out about the wildlife and geology of alpine caves, then you can climb up several levels to find out more about plants and animals at altitude.
It is highly recommended that you watch the film in the last section of the exhibition - a stunning film of local weather, wildlife and scenery, with a surprise midway through that really puts the museum in its context. Brilliant.
There are also some interesting exhibits outside of the main exhibition - about the people of the area, local walking trails etc. and a temporary exhibition space which had a photography display when we visited. We loved the 3D map of the local area, with buttons to light up walking trails, mountain huts etc.
And the cafe is also highly recommended. Speiseberger's has been in Berchtesgaden for many years and has a justifiably good reputation. Also worth bearing in mind that the cafe can be visited without buying tickets for the museum!
We would highly recommend the whole experience. But leave plenty of time - at least 3 hours, including coffee and cake!

83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 96360
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Konigssee

The emerald-green Königssee near Berchtesgaden is surrounded by steep walls of rock, with the 1800-metre east wall of the Watzmann towering above its west shore.

Reviewed By Jos1610 - Marsascala, Malta

Wonderful area and beautiful in winter too covered in snow. Lovely views! Too bad that the boats just go to Bartholomew stop only in winter. Loved watching the dear eat- so nearby too. Had a good walk in the woods and near the lake. Small shops and cafeterias were great for some small gifts and hot chocolate & apply pie.

4. Rossfeld Panoramastrasse

Berchtesgaden National Park, Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 2808
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Rossfeld Panoramastrasse

Reviewed By Igor B - Novi Sad, Serbia

If you are lucky enough to pick a sunny, clear day you can spend a few memorable hours on Rossfeld Panoramastrasse. For just 8 Euros for a car and two persons you get to drive on a road up to 1600metres and stop on many parking lots and see both Berchtesgadener land and Salzburger land from above. To get a real impression the pat of the road is just a couple of hundred meters lower than Kehlastein, or the Eagles Nest.
I believe that this is a must for everyone visiting this area, but only on a clear day.

5. Obersalzberg

Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany
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Obersalzberg

Reviewed By bluesbuddah - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Area of incredible alpine scenery and mountain views. Bertechsgaden is a joy to walk round, quaint, historical and brimming with interesting shops ,restaurants and cafes. It has an old cemetary which is worth a look and lovely Gardens with two long canal like ponds. WW2 dominates the area. An absolute must to visit is Hitler's Eagles Nest,( see separate review.) Also, if you have a good guide like we did,you can find the last remaining wall of Hitler's stronghold Headquarters, The Berghof nestling near the Turkan? Hotel also of the period. This was the real cradle of the Nationalist Socialist party but dont let this unfortunate fact marr in anyway the absolute scenic beauty of the area? We were only here a day and i feel i may have missed many more things due to time constraints but thoroughly enjoyed all i had time to see.

6. Wimbachklamm

Wimbachbrucke, 83486 Ramsau, Bavaria, Germany
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Wimbachklamm

Reviewed By Jenny H - Regensburg, Germany

This is a seasonal attraction. We followed the trail from the parking lot up the hill and past the start of the attraction to where it ends-then we crossed the Bridge and continued up the hill until it turned downward. Nice hike.

7. Hotel Zum Turken WWII Bunkers

Hintereck 2, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 2428
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Hotel Zum Turken WWII Bunkers

Reviewed By zippy608 - Wakefield, MA

After visiting the Documentation Centre and seeing the bunkers there we visited these bunkers. The bunkers are very interesting. At one time they connected Hitler's house with some of the other big name Nazi's who also had homes in the area. The tunnel to Hitler's former house is sealed, but just being that close gives you goosebumps. I highly recommend visiting them.

8. Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Bergwerkstrasse 83, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 60020
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Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

Reviewed By Jos1610 - Marsascala, Malta

My husband both enjoyed our tour of the Salt Mine. Even though we are not young we enjoyed the slides down. Underground was not so cold as we expected. Very enjoyable. Although we do know any German we were given WIFI radio English explanatory. The underground mirror lake is beautiful. Will recommend this Salt mine for us even kids.

9. Kirche St. Bartholomae

St. Bartholomae 1 | Schönau am Königssee, 83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 964937
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Kirche St. Bartholomae

Reviewed By zippy608 - Wakefield, MA

This is one of the stops on the boat. It is very picturesque. The church is very simple on the inside. There are restaurants and snack places as well as gift shops. It gets very crowded.

10. The Eagle's Nest

83471 Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany +49 8652 2969
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The Eagle's Nest

Reviewed By suntanKualaLumpur - kuala lumpur

A beautiful climb up the Alps admidst snow laden slopes,driving on par with the clouds ..what an amazing experience,It was Christmas morning and we were aware that The eagle's nest was closed for the winter and so would the museum.But being a clear cold morning as we stood on the doorsteps of the closed museum and looked up ahead..there was Hitler's 50 th birthday gift ,a retreat built for him by his General perched on the mountain so true to its name.Gazing through the camera lens we captured the quaint cylindrical building and pondered about the tunnel and elevator and tram ride which we knew we would miss in winter.But the picturesque winter landscape was much worth our while.

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