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© Berchtesgadener Land Tourismus

Berchtesgaden – the residence of kings

A place where nature and culture strike up a wonderful symphony. Even in bygone days, the Bavarian kings would spend their summer getaways in this peaceful Alpine setting – followed by scholars, scientists and artists. All of them valued the incredibly good, clear air, the unique healing climate and the fantastic location at the foot of the majestic Watzmann. To this day, the historic town center, with its beautiful merchants’ homes of old, invites you to take a relaxing stroll. And there is no doubt that today’s visitors also feel like royalty: with an array of first-class shops, pleasant cafés and restaurants as well as fabulous wellness temples.

Royal Castle Berchtesgaden

This magnificent building reflects various facets of different architectural periods: include Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Rococo. Originally established as an abbey of the Augustinian Canons, it later served as a hunting lodge for the Wittelsbachers, prior to Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria taking up residence with his family. Here, you will be able to view exhibits from the Wittelsbacher art collection, valuable hunting weapons and trophies as well as beautiful furniture, a marvelous collection of Nymphenburg porcelain and paintings by important artists of the “Munich School”. 30 of the 120 rooms are open to the public, including the grand dining room.

Royal Castle Berchtesgaden
Schlossplatz 2
83471 Berchtesgaden
Phone: +49 8652 94 79 80
E-Mail: info@schloss-berchtesgaden.de

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Berchtesgaden Salt Mine

Join us on an exciting, mysterious journey into the depths of the magical Alps – into the very heart of the Salzberg, where you will discover a true treasure trove! The salt mine in Berchtesgaden is the oldest active salt mine in Germany. Learn all about this mine and how salt has been mined there, past and present. Inside this ancient mine, you can look forward to impactful presentations and fascinating information, including the 350-year-old “Moserrösche”. Collect an array of fascinating subterranean impressions inside the Berchtesgaden salt mine.

Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden
Bergwerkstraße 83
83471 Berchtesgaden
Phone: +49 8652 6002-0
E-Mail: info@salzbergwerk.de

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Dokumentationszentrum Obersalzberg

This place of learning that commemorates the National Socialist dictatorship is located on the Obersalzberg in Berchtesgaden: a powerful warning indeed, at a historically significant site – Hitler’s holiday domicile. Later, it would become a seat of the Nazi government second only to Berlin. A location of central significance and function. Dokumentation Obersalzberg includes preserved portions of the original bunker complex and provides objective clarification of facts pertaining to the former National Socialist regime. An interesting, informative journey back in time.

Dokumentation Obersalzberg
Salzbergstr. 41
83471 Berchtesgaden
Phone: +49 8652 947960
E-Mail: info@obersalzberg.de

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Eagle’s Nest (“Kehlsteinhaus”)

The Kehlsteinhaus on the Obersalzberg (also known as the Eagle’s Nest) attests to the Third Reich and is one of Germany’s 100 top sightseeing attractions. It was built by the Nazi party for representative purposes at an elevation of 1834 m above sea level in just one year – based on plans drawn up by architect Roderich Fick. Today’s visitors are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of Berchtesgadener Land, the Alps and all the way into Salzburg. This historical monument can still be visited in its original form. Even the ride up there on special buses along an exposed mountain road is quite memorable.

The Kehlsteinhaus
Salzbergstraße 45
83471 Berchtesgaden
Phone: +49 8652 2969
E-Mail: info@kehlsteinhaus.de

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Königssee Ferries

At 200 meters, the Königssee is the deepest lake in Bavaria. It radiates a majestic fascination that captivates all visitors. A ride on the ferry with several fascinating stops along the way is an absolute must: including an echoing trumpet, rushing waterfalls and idyllic alpine pastures. Nestled at the foot of steep rocky crags and at the foot of the breathtaking eastern face of the Watzmann, this represents the very heart and soul of Berchtesgaden National Park. One particularly charming highlight is world-famous Saint Bartholomew’s Pilgrimage Church with its striking onion towers.

Königssee Schifffahrt
Seestraße 55
83471 Schönau am Königssee
Phone: +49 8652 9636-0
E-Mail: koenigssee@seenschifffahrt.de

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Saint Bartholomew’s

Two different onion towers – red domed roofs – impressive stuccowork. This beautiful, world-famous pilgrimage church on the western shore of Königssee, on the Hirschau peninsula, is impressive from many perspectives. Enjoy the heavenly boat ride out there, then appreciate its Baroque magnificence, including three altars! Saint Bartholomew was the patron saint of hill farmers and shepherds. Today, this church is an emblem of Königssee, with people of faith and tourists alike making the pilgrimage to this truly divine place – idyllically situated in the heart of Berchtesgaden National Park.

St. Bartholomä
Seestraße 3
83471 Schönau am Königssee
Phone: +49 8652 1760

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This new, ultra-modern 10-passenger gondola consists of two sections. Step onto this virtually silent and extremely comfortable wonder of technology in idyllic Schönau am Königssee. At the mid-station, you are greeted by a beautiful scenic restaurant with a sunny terrace. On the summit at 1800 m above sea level, you will be able to enjoy regional cooking of the finest. You can also look forward to sensational views of the Berchtesgaden mountain world – a fairytale alpine landscape par excellence. Experience an enjoyable ride to the top and imposing rock faces on the way up, a big hit both summer and winter.

Jennerbahnstraße 18
83471 Schönau am Königssee
Phone: +49 8652 9581-0
E-Mail: info@jennerbahn.de