The Royal Palace was a Monastery up until the 12th century, and now is the residential Castle for the Bavarian Royal dynasty, and has been since 1810.
Tours can be taken, taking in the Romanesque cloister , Gothic hall,, the Hunting rooms which include coats of armour & swords, Renaissance halls with furniture & tapestries, the Dining hall with precious porcelain, Valuable paintings belonging to Crown Prince Rupprecht, hunting trophies and more. There is a Rose garden with fountain and great views of the Mountains.
OPEN- Sunday to Friday 10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm
The Castle can only be seen on the 50 minute guided tour of the 30 rooms.
ADMISSION IS 7 euros
If you have time like I had, then your 1st stop should be here at the Kongresshaus. It is here where I picked up the informative Town walk brochure, [available in English], and what number Bus and where to catch it to go to the Eagle's Nest.
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 6PM
Sat, Sun & Hol.: 10:00 - 1pm and 2-6pm
It is also the starting point for the walk, so lets go.................
This goes without saying, it is a MUST VISIT
I think we were lucky that on our day, the atmosphere was pretty clear. Germany's highest road, completed in the short time of 13months, is an engineering feat seen nowhere else in the world. The great difference in elevation is reached with only one hairpin bend, there-by traversing the steep northwest face of the Kehlstein Mountain twice.
The views are fabulous!
In 1952, the road was closed to the public, so you have no other choice but to catch the Bus from Obersalzberg to the top. Oh! Some energetic people hike to the top!
I really don't know which side to sit on the Bus as there a great views all the way up. The Bus window's were clean, quite nice to take photo and video through, so, be ready for those views!
Just in case you get travel sickness. The road is narrow and windy, it may pay to take a tablet!
The cross at Eagle's Nest marks the summit of the Mount Kehlstein, on which the Eagle's Nest is built. It is really hard to take a photo of it, as everybody wants their photo taken standing by the cross.
It was Adolf Hilter's 50th Birthday, and what did he receive?......The Eagle's Nest.
Originally, it was meant to be a "Teahouse" for the head of the Third Reich. Lucky for us, it came through the war unscathed and remains in its original state today, for us to view a piece of history.
Funnily, Hitler seldom used the Eagle's Nest, as he was scared of heights and of the road-trip to the top.
Eagle's Nest was used in the mini-series "Band of Brothers."
I can't give an address for this, as I just came across it as I was walking the old town. You should be able to find it easily.
Have a look at the fountain, and I think like me, you will find it very unusual.
I can't decide whether it is a Donkey, Pig or Dog. What-ever, it has water coming out of both ends!
As the name suggests, you will find the Schloss here.
This is another nice area, where the shops are in an arcade of arches. On the outside of the Arches, are frescoes from 1929 and 1952, showing the fallen soldiers of both world wars.
I had to enter through an archway to reach this pedestrian zoned area.
This square has the Crown Prince Rupprecht fountain, built in 1960, to commemorate Berchtesgaden being part of Bavaria for 150years.
One of the Arches in my photo's, shows the Sundial and seven coats of arms.
Check the website for map of the town
Another Platz, there are a lot in this town.
As you guessed, the bright yellow Rathaus is located here, and next door, is the Pink/Apricot St. Andreas Parish Church. St. Andreas Chruch was built in 1700 and is still the same to this day. It was open, so I was able to go inside. [see photo's]
The Town hall fountain was erected in 1913 to commemorate the centennial fo Berchtesgaden being a part of Bavaria.
The Collegiate Church of St. Peter and St. John in Berchtesgaden was built by Augustinian canons. As this is a real old Church, I popped inside for a look. The gothic choir loft, still there, was built in the year 1283. There were some tombs from the 15th Century worth seeing, not be able to read German, I don't know who they were.
The Marktplatz is a must to walk into and around.
Located here are buildings dating back to 1594. A lot of them have frescoes on the buildings and are are really nice to look at. The Hirschenhaus, built in 1594, has the oldest non-religious house frescoes in the Bavarian Alps.
There is plenty of outdoor Cafes for enjoying some time here. Located in the centre, is a Fountain from 1677.
Check the website for map of the town
The Franzis Kaner Kirche was constructed in 1480 in the style of late gothic. It began its Christian life as a Monastery Chapel for Augustine Monks. Much later in 1965 after years of closure it began a new life - being re dedicated to Saint Francis and the Franciscan Order> Today the Church is used for worship by the people of the town. The Church is open daily from 14.00 till 17.00 Services are held on Sunday at 9.00am and 18.00. A simple little Church both inside and out with two striking features - the statue adorned with white flowers set high up on the tower is worth seeing. My favourite was the shrine by the side door which shows Christ's passion and pain in the Garden of Gethsemane - a very moving and thought provoking shrine.
The Kehlsteinhaus - translated into English - Key Stone or re named in English as the Eagle's Nest holds a fascinating - if some what dark insight into the history of Word War ll. The house resembles a swiss chalet was commissioned by Martin Bormann as a gift to Adolf Hitler on the occassion of his 50th. Birthday. Built as a retreat and a place to entertain in September 1939 the house and the amazing road to it were completed in just thirteen months finishing in September 1939 . Although Eva Braun and her sister Gretl along with other high ranking party members and their families spent summer days here, Hitler him self visited only on about ten rare occassions - sometimes for as little as half an hour. Because of his lack of envolvement with the Kehisteinhaus it was saved from demolition at the end of the War. Up until 1960 the Eagle's Nest was used by the Allies as a military command post before being handed back to the state of Bavaria. Today it is not in anyway a memorial or any other tribute to Hitler but a restaurant complex managed by a charitable institution. Strange to think nothing structural has changed here in over sixty years except for the added terrace - one thing has changed here though - the number of visitors is incredible - no one told me the World and his Wife would be here too!!
Operating since 1517, the salt mines are a fun side trip acitivity for everyone.
Ride the miners' train 1/2 mile into the mine and go down two miner slides deep into the mountain.
See the chapel dedicated to King Ludwig II and cross the lake of brine.
You can take a taste test of the brine lake after you get off the boat. It is probably the first and last time I shall partake in the testing the taste of a brine lake.
You can lick the walls of the mines as well if you'd like. They don't taste any better than the brine lake water unfortunatly.
The Salzbergweg is very famous - the source of the town's prosperity since early 16th century. A visit to the salt mines is a unique fun as well as educational experience, don't miss it!
You need to allow two hours for the tour which includes clothes changing time.
Its much cooler down in the mines so bring some warm clothes and good shoes.
Why did no-one tell me salt could be so SASSY?!
Whizzing passed 100's of meters of salty rock on a mine train, through small, cold tunnels, dressed to the nines in traditional miners costume whilst bunched tightly next to complete stangers. If that's not enough you get to zoom down two big wooden slides and end up with a free tub of fresh salt to sprinkle on your sauerkruat later.
The thing that made this attraction more appealing for me was the fact that the mine opened in 1517 and is STILL producing its' 'White Gold'.
The tour is conducted by a German-speaking guide, but don't worry if (like me) German isn't a natural part of your vocab -there are various loudspeakers strategically placed so you can hear commentary in your own language. In our group there were about thirty German tourists, Greg, myself and a family of Brits. Everytime we stopped at a point of interest the guide points to us and says-'English over there' where there is an English loudspeaker. This did feel slightly surreal - almost like we were naughty school kids sent to the corner by the big headteacher, setting me off into a fit of giggles.
1 May - 15 October: 9am - 5pm everyday.
16 October - 30 April: 12.30pm - 3.30pm (Sunday closed).
Baby carriages (or dogs) are not admitted.
The tour lasts in total aprrox. 1.5 - 2 hrs.