Berchtesgaden Travel Guide

  • Berchtesgaden
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    by neilward

Berchtesgaden Things to Do

  • Kehlsteinhaus

    An interesting place to visit just outside Berchtesgaden isKehlsteinhaus. If it is a clear morning it is good to be there very early. We came early and it was already a lot of people.From the car park you can either walk or take the bus upto Kehlsteinhaus. We took the bus up on a steep and narrowroad. It was a bit scary. Kehlsteinhaus is situated...

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  • VISIT THE EAGLE'S NEST

    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...

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  • COLLEGIATE CHURCH OF ST. PETER & ST....

    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.

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Berchtesgaden Restaurants

  • deliciously smoked fishes

    Fischerstueberl is the best place to taste freshly smoked fishes of Koenigssee. They start smoking their catch at 07.00a.m. every morning and at 11.00am., when they open their small restaurant and kiosk you may taste these freshly smoked fishes already. Fischerstueberl has only a few seats inside and outside, and many standing-places and it is also...

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  • Traditional Bavarian Specialities

    This is a small Stuberl on the way into the Schlossplatz from the Marktplatz.I have never eaten there but frequently buy food to take out.There is Crispy Belly Pork, Roast Pork, Schweinhaxn (Crispy Pork Knuckle), Frikendelle (Burgers) and Roast Chickens.The food is delicious.If you are staying self catering and want to take in a meal you won't get...

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  • Hot Days Call for Ice Cream

    We enjoyed a cool drink high up on the sunny terrace surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. The restaurant sits on an elevated position at 1,834 metres so prices are a little higher too to compensate for the transportation costs. Here there is ample seating with lots of shade from the sun's heat provided by the colourful parasols. Service is...

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Berchtesgaden Nightlife

  • bavarian theatre

    Berchtesgadener Bauerntheater is a small stage in the very centre of the town and it is a theater, where mostly just the bavarian dialect is spoken and it might sometimes be hard to understand it even for people from other parts of Germany. On the other hand, most of these traditional plays would also sound quite strange in any other language than...

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  • Banana Beer!

    Chill Out is a bar on the path behind the train station (take the path labled "Zum Markt") and before the old town of Berchtesgaden.It is devided into three areas all on one level. One is leather couches and chairs, the middle section is the bar and some high tables, and the third section is a type of Eastern opium den setting with lay down...

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Berchtesgaden Transportation

  • BUS STATION

    To go to the Eagle's Nest, we could either drive our car so far and catch a Bus, or catch the Bus direct from Berchtesgaden. As it is a very windy road, we opted for the Bus, plus it gave my husband a chance to see the scenery.The Berchtesgaden Bus Station is located in the valley or down the hill in Berchtesgaden, right next to the Railway...

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  • take the cablecar to JENNER

    Jennerbahn is the cablecar that will take you from Schoenau am Koenigssee - just 4 km from Berchtesgaden - into the mountains high above Koenigsee and Berchtesgaden, into a hight of 1802 meters above sea-level. From Jenner you certainly will have the best and the closest panorama-view of Koenigssee and its surrounding mountains.Jenner-Bahn starts...

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  • Jennerbahn

    The cable-car ride to the top of the Jenner with its wonderful views over the Konigssee and hiking terrain.

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Berchtesgaden Shopping

  • Hitlers old dining room

    This gift shop was well stocked with books,and vaious other knick knacks for the usual tourist. I bought an excellent well informed book,full of facts about the past of this fantastic building,and surrounding area. I paid about 20 Euros,which I thought was good.

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  • Famous Name Brands & Traditional Dress

    For traditional national dress of Bavaria ths shop has it all. The National Dress is known as Tracht - items consist of the ladies dirndl and mens ledenhosen. The dirndl is made up of various items - the long dress, short sleeved blouse and decorative apron. I particulary liked the men's hats here topped with a Gamsbart a traditional goat's hair...

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  • Post Cards & Guide Books

    A tourist magnet set on the terrace beside the restaurant with most good displayed outside. They have a full range of various sovenirs from t - shirts to beer tankers. I bought my usual selection of postcards and a guide book they also had a video and DVD on the history of the Eagle's Nest. Because of its location prices rise here too so expect...

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Berchtesgaden Local Customs

  • Native Costume

    In 1950, the local people dressed up in their best clothes on Sunday. The man wore lederhosen and the women wore dirndls. Lederhosen are very long wearing leather shorts.My dad was particularly impressed with the shaving brush decorations in the hats.

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  • The Oldest Man of Berchtesgaden

    Anton Adner was born in 1705 he lived in the area of Berchtesgaden, he led a simple life as a wood carver who made and sold wooden toys and kitchen spoons to sell to the farmers and salt miners not only in the valleys and mountains of Bavaria but also Austria and Switzerland. It was not until he reached the grand old age of one hundred he finally...

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  • Eagle's Nest Historical Tour

    The Eagle's Nest Historical Tour offers a guided tour of 35 minutes for all people who are interested in the historic backgroud of that building and its surroundings.You will be given a lot of informations about the construction of the Kehlsteinstrasse and the Kehlsteinhaus, the use of the building between 1938 and 1945, the headquarters of the...

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Berchtesgaden Warnings and Dangers

  • Very safe

    No real warning, since Berchtesgaden is a very safe town by any standard. You can walk safely in the daytime as well as at night. Beware of the traffic passing the train station though as you cannot be sure if the cars will stop and let you pass.

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  • Make your 1st stop in St.Bartholomae

    Make your 1st stop in St.Bartholomae, before you continue to Salet ! Especially on a sunny day with thousands of tourists going mainly to St. Bartholomae it might make sense to stop first in St.Batholomae and continue the roundtrip to Salet and Obersee from there : All ships will go first to St. Batholomae, drop some passengers there and go on to...

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  • the main paths are easy, BUT...

    As long as you just take a little walk in the back of Kehlsteinhaus you certainly dont need any special mountain-equipment, some ordinary shoes will be enough. Also the path from Obersalzberg to the upper parking and from there to Kehlsteinhaus (when you want to avoid the golden elevator) is asphalted and easy to walk on.Just in case that you plan...

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Berchtesgaden Tourist Traps

  • David Harper Tour is overrated

    We took David harper tour and i have mixed feelings. The actual Berchtesgaden is memorable experience: firstly, the document library which is in front of the bunker system is not a monument to Nazi as I was afraid it might be but rather a reminder of how horrible it was. There are documents from various propaganda items, reminders of various...

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  • Don't Take The Guided Tour!!

    Guided tours are on offer at the Eagle's Nest in English led by a British Guide they cost five euros per person. The first thing I didn't like was having to wear a coloured sticker to identify you as a paid up customer - I wanted to wear it stuck to my forehead I was so angry but my husband wouldn't let me. After hanging around waiting for the tour...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Berchtesgaden What to Pack

  • Rain-proof jacket

    The region is very green, because it rains a lot. Even on fine days the weather can change suddenly, so never forget to bring a rain-proof jacket with a hood or a cap. This is the advice I give most frequently to those who visit mountain regions.

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  • Pack a clean T Shirt or take the back...

    You never know what the weather will throw at you = so pack for all seasons and wear sensible shoes!! When we visited here the temperatures were in 30 + be prepared and pack a clean T-Shirt just in case of over perspiration. Back packs should be removed = they cause your skin to over heat and leave an imprint when removed!! Don't forget your...

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  • Ski outfit

    Remember the new rules within the European Union: carry all liquids in a see-though bag no more no less than 1 litre. No containers with fluids exceeding 100 ml, they will be confiscated by airport security.The best thing to do is to keep all your toiletries in the checked in luggage, then you don't have to worry. Warm clothes in the winter. It...

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Berchtesgaden Off The Beaten Path

  • The island

    Just a few hundred metres from the shore when you take off on your cruise of Koenigsee you'll see a small moniment on an island.Christlieger is its name of that small island. The only way to get there is by renting a rowing-boat or swimming! Just make sure you've brought your wetsuit; the water, as you might readily discern is not remotely warm.The...

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  • taking the jennerbahn so you can go...

    We took the Jennerbahn in May 2006 so that we could walk from the middle station down to Kessel which is the half way stop on the electric boats on the Konigsee. It took us three hours via a very nice walk down the meadows and steeply down through the trees to the lake. The paths are well signedposted (free map foldout at the bottom ticket office)...

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  • Go hiking!

    The landscape and countryside of Berchtesgaden is so beautiful and inviting. Going hiking is fantastic and will give you an idea of just how amazing this area is.

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Berchtesgaden Sports & Outdoors

  • By Renn-Bob-Taxi through the Ice-canal

    Renn-Bob-Taxi is a brand new service that is offered for all fans of high-speed-racing in the Ice-Canal of Berchtesgaden / Koenigssee.For 85 Euros a person you will race down the ice-canal at Koenigssee with an experienced driver and with a speed of 120 km/hThese races are possible only at the weekends !Friday it is mostly after 08.00p.m.Saturday...

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  • Skiing

    Consider going skiing if you get the chance. I guess Austria and Switzerland is a more alluring destination for this, but it's definitely possible in Berchtesgaden and well worth the trouble. Although the snow has been scarce this season they are doing all they can to get the slopes operational. By the way, the lack of snow is the same all over the...

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  • Hiking around Jenner & Obersalzberg

    There is a very good and also really scenic system of hiking-paths around the cablecar of Jennerbahn.Jennerbahn has 3 stations :Talstation - down in the valley, next to the large parkingMittelstation - in a hight of 1200 metersBergstation - in a hight of 1800 metersTake a look at my map - you may get this map free of charge at the Jennerbahn :1) is...

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Berchtesgaden Favorites

  • The Ice Chapel cometh not, just an...

    The Eiskapelle refers to an area where avalanche snow from the Watzmann's east face is partially washed out with the melt. It leaves a cave that can be extremely dangerous but is a magnet for the adventurous tourist.It was very early spring when I tried to find it, along with another three groups who were on the trail at the same time.The departure...

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  • Hitler's Window in 1950

    One of the prized features of Hitler's Eagles Nest house was a huge picture window which could be lowered into the floor for an uninterrupted view to the north. The window is gone, but in 1950, we could see the same view as when the picture window was lowered.In silhouette is the American Army Colonel who drove us up to the site on the left, my...

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  • Ramsau - the church

    The Ramsau parish church with the Reiteralpe mountains in the background is a much photographed scene and I confess I found its attraction quite magnetic as you can clearly see in pics 1,2 & 5.Josef Mohr, the man who penned the lyrics to Silent Night, preached here. Walking up the hill to get a better shot of the church I received a surprise when...

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Kehlsteinhaus
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Obersalzburg Salt Mines
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Salzbergweg
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SECRET SALT
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kehlsteinhaus (eagles nest)
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kehlsteinhaus (eagles nest)
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the kehlsteinhaus (eagles nest)
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A boat trip on the Koenigsee
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zum turken
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ruins of the berghof
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Ramsau - the shock of the new
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Hintersee to Ramsau
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The boat cruise
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The Abbey Church
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Malerwinkel
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Koenigsee, more than you think
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A fishing industry indeed!
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At last, the lake - Koenigsee
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Eagle's Nest
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Hiker's Paradise
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Bobbing along on the water
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An alternate view
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Cracking view
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Wooden carving
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Buses to The Eagles Nest
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Follow the crowd
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The cool tunnel to the Eagles Nest
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I can see clearly now the rain has gone
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