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Berchtesgaden is a small, picturesque and historic town (population 9,000) located in the southeast of the German state of Bavaria, within a small enclave surrounded on three sides by the Austrian border. The town lies some 30 km south of the Austrian city of Salzburg and some 180 km south-east of Munich.

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Understand

The town is located in a valley at 500 to 1100 m altitude in the south-eastern part of the German Alps and is surrounded by high mountains called Untersberg in the North, Obersalzberg in the east and further south by the Watzmann. Berchtesgaden and neighbouring Bad Reichenhall are famous for their salt mines. The production of table salt guaranteed in the medieval a save source of revenues and it still does today. Therefore, a visit to the salt mine of Berchtesgaden is definitely on the to do list.

In more recent history, the name of Berchtesgaden became well known to the general public for more unfortunate reasons: the Nazi dictator of Germany, Adolf Hitler, had his summer getaway on the peak of the Obersalzberg, which he dubbed the ?Eagles Nest? - the German translation ?Adlernest? is quite uncommon. Nowadays, it is referred to as the ?Kehlsteinhaus? and can be visited once the snow has gone in April or May.

Berchtesgaden has its fair share of tourism all around the year, and has remained its original charming character. House fronts around the market place, palace and elsewhere in Berchtesgaden are decorated by artistic painting featuring mountain motives and a very special house is painted with monkeys.

Despite being in a remote location, Berchtesgaden and nearby Konigsee possess world class sport facilities. The bobsleigh run (Bobbahn) at Konigssee is regular venue for world-cup races, but tourists also can run it down in guest-bobs. The ice arena (?Eishalle?) in Berchtesgaden is opened half the year and popular among locals and sportsmen from nearby Austria. There's a cheap combi-ticket for ice arena and ?Watzmanntherme?. The Therme is just a few meters away and probably unmatched for being embedded in a spectacular scenic landscape, surrounded by mountains and snow caped peaks and features as giant action whirl pool, hydro massage facilities, salt water pools, 80m slide with light and sound effects www.watzmanntherme.de.

Around Berchtesgaden are several slopes for skiing such as the Gutshof (formerly US-Army's ?Sky-Top?), Gotschen Rossfeld and Jenner. First one is fitted for beginners, the Jenner is for advanced skiers. There are also several runs for cross-country skiing and very advanced skiers might be interested in ski touring in the Berchtesgaden Alps. From late January on sunny weather is common but the risk of avalanches is rising.

If you stay in Berchtesgaden you will have significant reduction of most entrance fees via the ?Kurtaxe?.

Berchtesgaden

Talk

Standard German is well understood in Bavaria; most local people, however, speak their local dialect between themselves. Being a tourist destination, English and often French are usually understood.

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Get in

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By plane

International travellers wishing to visit Bavaria and Berchtesgaden should have no problems to book a flight to Munich, 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 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

By train

Berchtesgaden has a train station and is well connected to Munich and Frankfurt.

Berchtesgaden

By road

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 northern Germany provide you only with ?summer wheels? which are most unsuitable in and around Berchtesgaden from Oktober to April).

Berchtesgaden

Get around

The bus system in Berchtesgaden is as good as in the rest of Bavaria: buses run twice or once an hour and you can reach the outmost places with them. Be sure to get a timetable (?Busfahrplan?).

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See

  • Kehlstein Haus 1 (http://www.kehlsteinhaus.de/) (the "Eagle's Nest") is located at 1,834 m altitude on top of Berchtesgaden and provides a marvellous and unforgettable view over the eastern alps. You can reach it by foot, public transport or by car.
  • Konigsee 2 (http://www.bayerische-seenschifffahrt.de/01_ks/ks_start/ksfraset.html) is located 3 miles south of Berchtesgaden and is famous for the lake Konigsee, which is the deepest lake in the alps and is surrounded by very steep mountain that raise up 2000 m above the lake level. You can make a boat trip to the other site of the lake to visit the world famous ?Kloster St. Bartoloma?, the smaller lake ?Obersee? and enjoy the wildlife of the national park. Hiking is very popular in summer and tours around the lake are sign posted. Routes are prepared by the ?Deutsche Alpenverein? and they indicate usually how long it takes to get to your destination and they indicate how difficult they are.
  • Jenner Mountain 3 (http://www.jennerbahn.de) is on the east side of the Konigssee and due to the cable car a easy possibility to have a excellent view over the Berchtesgaden valley.
  • the Hintersee is a small lake in nearby Ramsau b. Berchtesgaden.
  • Berchtesgaden Salt Mine 4 (http://www.salzwelt.de/salzbergwerk-berchtesgaden/en/default.asp) is one of the two saltmines in the Salzberg. The other one is on the Austrian side.
  • RossfeldIs 3 miles from Berchtesgaden and 1600 m high a very beautiful spot for walks in the sunshine and above the clouds or skiing. There are several restaurants that offer local food at reasonable pricing and you can rest there and take a bath in the sun on deck chairs that are provided on a rental bases. The Rossfeld can be reached on a toll road or by bus. The toll road is very well maintained and free of snow and ice all around the year.
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Sledding at Obersalzburg during carnival
  • Obersalzbergbahn 5 (http://www.obersalzbergbahn.de/) is the second, smaller cable car in Berchtesgaden and will bring you onto the Obersalzberg but not upon it's top. The the upper station you can enjoy a summer bob sledding run.
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Eat

You will find plenty of nice and original Bavarian restaurants as well as Greek, Chinese, Turkish and Italian restaurants. The pricing in most places is modest by German standards and international visitors will often view that as a bargain. Obviously being in Bavaria and in the middle of the alps you should try the local specialities such as Knodel, Schweinehaxe, wild deer (very seldom), Bratwurst, Leberkase, Weisswurst, Kartoffelsalat, Gulasch Bratkartoffeln, Kaiserschmarn, fish ? and lots of more things Bavarian food.

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Budget

  • Berggaststatte Kehlsteinhaus 1.834 m 83471 Berchtesgaden Obersalzberg +49(0)8652/2969. Enjoy your drink and food above the clouds.
  • Braustüberl Berchtesgaden Brauhausstraße 13 83471 Berchtesgaden +49(0)8652/976724. This is local beer brewery and a possibility to taste Berchtesgadener beer.
  • Gasthaus Bier-Adam Marktplatz 22 83471 Berchtesgaden +49(0)8652/2390. If you like to enjoy dinner in a smoke free atmosphere go here.
  • Gasthof Goldener Bar Weihnachtsschützenplatz 4 83471 Berchtesgaden +49(0)8652/2590. Good local food, a bit smoky though.
Berchtesgaden

Drink

Bavarians love their beer and one of the most beloved is the wheat beer (Weißbier). It is a cloudy, unfiltered beer commonly consumed earlier in the day with a Weißwurst and sweet mustard. In the cold wintertime it is nice to finish your diner with a local ?Schnaps? from the Enzian Brauerei Grassl. It makes you feel nice and warm after a long day out on slopes.

Berchtesgaden

Sleep

There is a good range of accommodation ranging from budget to moderately expensive. Many local people enjoy ?bed and breakfast? for a very good price. You can spot those places by searching for the signs that read ?Zimmer frei?, ?Zimmer zu vermieten?, or use the Weblink from Berchtesgadener Land. In the last years holiday flats became very popular, you will find them via ?Ferienwohnung?.

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Stay safe

  • Berchtesgaden is thankfully largely free of crime, mugging or travel scams
  • Avalanches can occur in remote areas when the temperature rises in February till April and at steep slopes above 30%. The Lawinenlagebericht 6 (http://www.bayern.de/lfw/lwd/lagebericht.htm) will give you detailed information: level 3 and higher is dangerous but you should always have a local guide with you
  • Having lots of snow on a road with 15% slope can be dangerous
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Get out

Berchtesgaden

External links

  • Berchtesgaden (http://www.berchtesgaden.de/) - official municipal web site (German)
  • Tourism Office (http://www.tourismus-berchtesgaden.de/)
  • Berchtesgadener Land Info (http://www.berchtesgadener-land.info) - available in German, English and several other languages



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