Berchtesgaden: Your Ultimate Travel Guide

Berchtesgaden: Your Ultimate Travel Guide

Through Pinterest, I stumbled upon an article about undiscovered Bavaria, with a reference to the Berchtesgaden Nature Park. Is this Germany? It sounds a bit strange, but when I think of Germany, I don’t immediately picture beautiful nature. However, during this trip, I completely changed my mind. What stunning nature you can find here. Initially, I was surprised by the enormous mountains and forests of the Black Forest. Then we drove through beautiful vineyards, and our final stop was the magnificent Berchtesgaden National Park with its vivid green lakes and huge peaks. What was supposed to be just one night quickly turned into 4 nights. Due to the rain and our not-so-fast Tomos, we unfortunately couldn’t do everything we wanted, but we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Germany is simply VERY beautiful, with Berchtesgaden as our favorite. Why? I’d love to tell you all about it.

Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Where to stay in Berchtesgaden

Our daily budget for this trip isn’t enormous. We prefer not to spend too much on accommodations, but we’re not particularly fond of simple camping spots either. Occasionally parking by the roadside doesn’t bother us much, but it’s secretly much more enjoyable to set up the awning and fire up the barbecue.

In Berchtesgaden, we found the perfect solution: a camper spot at an ultra-luxurious campsite. For less than 20 euros (in peak season), we could stay here and make use of all the facilities, including a pool and sauna. The sanitary facilities were really luxurious, and there was also a cozy restaurant where we could dine amidst the stunning surroundings. A regular camping spot at this campground can easily cost around 50 euros. Highly recommended.

 

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What to Do in Berchtesgaden

The Documentation Center & The Eagle’s Nest

It might sound a bit strange, but in Berchtesgaden, you’ll find the former holiday home of Hitler. The house sits high on a mountain and is open for visits. During the Second World War, the holiday home remained almost untouched and is now a restaurant. At first, you might wonder why visit this place? I had the same thought initially. However, it’s a piece of history. But the real reason to visit the Eagle’s Nest is for the view. The ride to the top takes about 20 minutes with a specially designed bus maneuvering through the hairpin bends at a considerable pace. The actual summit can only be reached by an elevator. Don’t expect a serene view, though. The Eagle’s Nest attracts 1 million tourists every year.

At the bottom of the mountain, you’ll find the documentation center. Here, you’ll discover a lot of information about the house and the war.

Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Königssee

One of the first sights that caught my attention in Berchtesgaden was the stunning Königssee. We were determined to ride our scooter here and take a hike. Unfortunately, upon arrival, a heavy storm began, and we only got to see a small, yet the most touristy part of the lake. Such a shame! Because this is truly one of the most beautiful spots in Berchtesgaden. From Kelkeshuis, we admired the lake from above, but hiking around the lake supposedly offers breathtaking views.

Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Salt Mines

In Berchtesgaden, you’ll find several salt mines. It was about a 10-minute scooter ride from the campsite, roughly 15 minutes by bike since we don’t go that fast ;p We didn’t visit the salt mines ourselves because dogs weren’t allowed, but we enjoyed sitting at a cozy terrace and admiring the view. We’ve heard interesting stories about it. On a rainy day, this is definitely a recommendation.

Cycling and Hiking

Get into nature! Berchtesgaden is a haven for hiking and cycling! The nature here is wonderful! You have countless hiking and cycling trails along the crystal-clear water and through the forests.
Highly recommended.

Berchtesgaden
Berchtesgaden

Food & Drinks in Berchtesgaden

Due to the weather being a bit unfavorable, we ate several times at the campsite’s restaurant. The restaurant offers a nice variety of dishes, even for non-meat eaters. Vegans might struggle a bit here. If it doesn’t contain meat or fish, the alternative often ends up being cheese. Wednesdays are for meat lovers, a great tip.

What’s particularly delightful about Germany is that you can find charming beer gardens everywhere. While cycling or hiking, you’ll always stumble upon a nice spot to stop. It’s definitely not expensive. You’ll pay around 10 euros for a main dish and maybe 3.50 euros for a half-liter of beer.
Drinks are quite affordable and often tastier than in the Netherlands.

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