A masterpiece of nature, a festival of sights and sounds
“Berchtesgaden - He whom God loves, He drops into this land!”. With these words Ludwig Ganghofer, a famous German novelist, aptly showed his admiration for this privileged spot of land, formerly Germany's smallest principality.
The Berchtesgadener Land, as it is termed today, boasts some of the most stunning mountain panoramas in the German Alps and is famed for its National Park in the heart of which lies “the king’s lake”: Königssee.
But what makes the Berchtesgaden area so different from other mountain resorts is that, apart from the natural beauty it possesses, it offers visitors an overwhelming variety of historic sights to visit and fun things to do.
In addition to our Eagle’s Nest Historical Tour, here are some other Berchtesgaden sights worth seeing on your own or on an exclusive tour with one of our guides:
Lake Königssee is almost synonymous with Berchtesgaden. The king's lake in the heart of Berchtesgaden's Alpine National Park was indeed used by the kings of Bavaria when they spent their holidays at Berchtesgaden's royal palace, formerly a monastery. Electric-powered boats silently glide as many as 500 000 passengers a year over Germany's deepest and cleanest lake to the ancient Augustine chapel of St. Bartholomew.
The old Salt Mines offer fun and excitement under the mountain with their train ride, wooden slides, educational film, raft crossing and funicular ride.
Other places of interest include a tour of the charming historical town center of Berchtesgaden with its painted facades or a fully commented driving tour of this beautiful area, Lake Hintersee, the famed view of Ramsau Church, the German Alpine Road, and the gentian liqueur distillery. Other attractions include the Royal Palace, once the seat of Berchtesgaden's prince-provosts and summer residence of the Bavarian kings, the folklore museum and a number of beautiful pilgrimage churches.
For more information about the Berchtesgaden area, check the tourism promotion board’s website: