Berchtesgaden Tourist Attractions

Berchtesgaden, at the end of the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, is perhaps the best known tourist town and one of the most popular climatic resorts in the Bavarian Alps. It is surrounded by mountains - the Hoher Göll, Watzmann, Hochkalter and Untersberg.


The handsome palace of the Wittelsbachs in Berchtesgaden was originally a house of Augustinian canons, founded about 1100, which was secularized in 1803. It now houses a museum (weapons, furniture, porcelain, pictures).


The Romanesque and Gothic Stiftskirche (monastic church) in Berchtesgaden has a beautiful cloister.


The Kurgarten (Hofgarten) in Berchtesgaden has the Kurhaus (used also for congresses).

Local Museum

Schloss Adelsheim (1640) in Berchtesgaden is now occupied by the Heimatmuseum (local woodcarving; showroom for sale of craft products).
Address: Schroffenbergallee 6, D-83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany

Salt Mine

The Salt Mine in Berchtesgaden conducts tours in miners' clothes and has a Salt Museum.
There is a film that describes the production of salt and where salt deposits are found. The Salt Mine Museum highlights the history of salt mining and historical tools.
Address: Bergwerkstrasse 83, D-83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany

Maria Gern

Maria Gern, 3km/2mi north of Berchtesgaden, is a pretty pilgrimage church.

Berchtesgadener Land

The Berchtesgadener Land, once held directly from the Emperor by the Augustinian canons of Berchtesgaden, lies in the southeastern corner of Bavaria, driving a wedge into Austrian territory. It is enclosed by high Alpine peaks with precipitous rock faces.


Obersalzberg, southeast of Berchtesgaden, is a cableway with a park-like landscape and superb views. Hitler's mountain retreat, which stood here, has been largely destroyed.

Eagle's Nest

The Eagle's Nest is the famous former meeting place of Hitler and his officers. It is situated at an altitude of 1834 meters, requiring a coach and elevator trip.


The 6.5km/4mi long Kehlsteinstrasse, near Berchtesgaden, is a private road built by Hitler to give access to his "tea-house" on the Kehlstein. It has five tunnels and gradients of up to 28%, and can be used only by special buses. From the parking place at the end of the road a tunnel leads to a lift up to the Kehlsteinhaus (1,834m/6,017ft). There can be found a restaurant and magnificent panoramic views.


The Höhenringstrasse is a scenic toll road from Berchtesgaden by way of Oberau to the 1,551m/5,089ft high Rossfeld.


The Königssee (alt. 602m/1,975ft) is one of the great beauty spots of the Berchtesgadener Land. There is an attractive footpath along the east side of the lake to the Malerwinkel ("Painters' Corner"; superb views of the lake and the mountains). Another equally attractive possibility is a boat trip to the pilgrimage chapel of St Bartholomew (17th C.) at the south end of the lake and a walk from there to the Obersee (alt. 613m/2,011ft).
Address: Halbinsel St Bartholoma, Bayerische Seensschiffahrt GmbH, D-83471 Schonau am Konigsee, Germany


From the village of Königssee (German Heraldic Museum; seen by appointment) a cabin cableway ascends the 1,874 m/6,149ft high Jenner (magnificent views; skiing area).
Address: Berchtesgadner Bergbahn AG, Jennerbahnstrasse 18, D-83471 Schönau am Königssee, Germany

Mount Jenner Cable Car

The mount jenner Cable car provides a 22 minute trip up Mount Jenner (1170m). From the summit you are offered a panoramic view over lake Konigssee.
Address: Berchtesgadner Bergbahn AG, Jennerbahnstrasse 18, D-83471 Schönau am Königssee, Germany

Berchtesgaden National Park

Berchtesgaden National Park (area 210 mi) takes in the southern tip of the Berchtesgadener Land, including the Königssee and the Watzmann group, and extends northward to near Bad Reichenhall.
Address: Doktorberg 6, D-83471 Berchtesgaden, Germany


Ramsau, near Berchtesgaden on the Deutsche Alpenstrasse, is a high altitude resort and offers brine inhalation treatment. At the Hintersee there are boats for rent.

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