Berchtesgaden Travel Guide

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Kehlsteinhaus is 124 m above

Kehlsteinhaus is 124 m above

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100 Kilometer south of Munich this was the retreat of Adolph Hitler and his Nazi leadership.  Not much remains of their homes except for the impressive Eagles Nest.  The extremly beautiful scenery makes this an attractive place to visit.

Berchtesgaden is beautiful in the winter...the area is host to many cross-country skiing opportunities and is a great weekend getaway if you need a break from city life. At Christmas time, especially Christmas Eve, Berchtesgaden is a magical place.  The entire village is out as the local shooting clubs fire their blunderbus-type muskets in the air to scare away evil spirits.  They do this for about am hour and top it off with the town band playing "Silent Night" which was written nearby. Visit http://www.tourismus-berchtesgaden.de/ for more info.

Great Pensions (B&B's) abound. Gästehaus Mitterweinfeld (www.mitterweinfeld.de) is a charming option...not sure how convenient they are for a non-German speaking guest, but the location is quite nice. The rooms have private baths and are crips and spacious.

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This Berchtesgaden travel guide will detail many important things to know if you are interested in visiting the city. This is a beautiful town in Germany that has many attractions and a lot of history to explore. The townspeople speak German, but you will hear plenty of people speaking French and English as well, as it is a popular tourist spot. You can visit the town at any time, as there are many things to do in the winter and summer.

Location

Berchtesgaden is a lovely, picturesque town found in Germany in the area known as Bavaria. It is actually surrounded on three sides by Austria and is close to Munich and Salzburg. The town itself is in a tiny valley, and several tall mountains in the German Alps enclose the valley. You can easily travel to the town by flying into Munich, Salzburg or Frankfurt. If you arrive in Salzburg or Frankfurt, you will need to take the train or bus into the town. It is very easy to cross the Austrian border, so you should not have any difficulties.

Local Attractions

See the view from the top at Kehisteinhaus, known as the Eagle’s Nest. This is on top of the town, located 1,834 meters up, and was originally a present for Hitler’s 50th birthday. Lake Konsigee is just south of the town, and is the deepest lake found in the Alps. Hiking and boat trips are popular daytime activities. The main industry for many years was salt mining, and you can still view the old Berchtesgaden salt mine toady.

Take in a bobsled race, as the Bobbah at Kongisee is frequently used for world cup races. The Eishalle, or ice arena, is open for 6 months out of the year, and you can get a combined ticket for the arena and the Watzmanntherme Therme. This therme contains salt water pools, hydro massages, and a whirl pool, all surrounded by snow capped peaks. This is also a great spot for skiers, as there are many nearby slopes, making Berchtesgaden a great base for enjoying winter sports.

Where to Eat

There are many different restaurants serving up Italian, Turkish, Chinese, Greek, and Bavarian cuisine. Most international travelers will find the prices very affordable; much less expensive than in many other areas in Germany. Make sure you try some of the local specialties such as Bratwurst, Knodel, wild deer, Kartoffelsalat, fish, Leberkase, Scweinehaxe, and more. A few recommended places include Cafe Lockstein, Berggaststatte Kehlsteinhaus, Gasthaus Bier-Adam, Euphoria, and Rani. If you want to try some local beer, stop in to Braustuberi Berchtesgaden.

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February 18, 2005 change by ksetzer

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